£1 million research funding for offshore renewable energy

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The Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) hub has recently awarded £1 million to universities in the United Kingdom in order to support projects researching offshore renewable energy.

Supergen ORE’s main goal is the provide support, inspire innovation and fully demonstrate to the public the need for renewable energy.

The organisation was established in July 2018 after receiving £5million in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSPC). After the initial funding, EPSPC awarded ORE with further funding in June 2019.

Professor Greaves, Director of the Supergen ORE Hub, said: “The Supergen ORE Hub’s first call for Flexible Funding has received a great deal of interest, with a large number of high quality research proposals submitted. We are delighted to award this funding aimed at enabling researchers, in collaboration with industry partners, to deliver fundamental research that will advance the development of the offshore renewable energy sector.”

Who will receive the funding?

The £1 million research funding for offshore renewable energy is aimed at supporting projects that could potentially remedy any engineering issues that ORE hub may encounter. These resources are also accessible by existing research that may need some gaps filling or even may be transferable between sectors within ORE.

The hub has distributed funding to a wide range of projects from technology that enables engineers to separately inspect offshore wind farms from a remote location to advancing satellite observations that allow the performance of offshore renewable installations to improve.

Dr Philipp Thies is the Co-Director of the Supergen ORE Hub from the University of Exeter, he said: “These projects span the width of the ORE sector, addressing research challenges in Floating Offshore Wind, wave and tidal measurements, control, physical testing and materials.

“The selected proposals are examples of excellence science with a targeted industry impact. Several projects are also led / involve Early Careers Researchers, so the funding makes a strong contribution to the R&D skills and capacity.”

Ross Wigg, Lead Industrial Partner of the Supergen ORE Advisory Board and Renewables Director – Asset Performance at the LOC Group, said: “With offshore renewables now a significant player in the nation’s energy landscape, the benefits of scientists and industry experts working closely together – utilising their combined knowledge and expertise – will be seen by large and small companies across the UK and beyond.”

For more information on the £1 million research funding for offshore renewable energy, go to Subergen.

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