Innovation Exchange aims to cut offshore wind costs with disruptive technologies from outside the sector

The Offshore Wind Innovation Hub  has launched its first programme, the Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange (OWIX). It aims to accelerate cost reduction in offshore wind by matching industry challenges with innovative solutions adapted from other sectors of the economy.

This is the first in a series of activities planned for the Innovation Hub. It will help UK companies access funding in order to progress new technology solutions for the UK market. It plans to launch an online platform, which will include a technology roadmap of UK offshore wind innovation priorities and a comprehensive view of the funding landscape.
Delivered jointly by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network, the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub will be the UK’s primary coordinating body for offshore wind innovation.
Nee-Joo Teh, energy systems lead at the Knowledge Transfer Network, said: “With OWIX, we are working with offshore wind companies to learn about their greatest challenges. We believe that we can really help to make offshore wind energy more sustainable through a cross-sectoral platform targeting transferable, innovation solutions from other industries. We hope to leverage the unique reach of all of the Catapults in engaging with the business community.”

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He says: “The role of the Catapult  is not to poach from industry its experts and put them in an ivory tower, it is to convene and encourage people to collaborate on best practice answers and then try the options on a dock somewhere.”  Has the Catapult heard that plea?

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