Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange seeks new and disruptive ideas from SMEs outside the industry

The Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange is seeking new and disruptive technologies to help it achieve the offshore wind industry achieve full potential. The scheme is particularly interested in ideas from SMEs and suppliers outside the offshore wind industry.

OWIX has focused the call for ideas on four specific near-term issues, rather than fundamental design changes, in the hope that changes can be implemented to both operating and newly-constructed Round 2 and 3 developments. These specific issues are:

  • A solution for the reliable detection, monitoring and capture of evidence of damage and flaws in the top layer of composite structures, performed internally within a restricted environment with minimal human intervention. Click here to find out more
  • A solution for the external non-destructive structural surface inspection and damage detection of large composite structures at height in a marine environment, delivered safely and cost effectively. Click here to find out more
  • A solution for the transfer and replacement of very heavy and complex large components, at height, in dynamic offshore weather conditions. Click here to find out more
  • A system to assure the quality of service and maintenance work and the condition of human operators through data communication and real-time decision making in a demanding and remote location. Click here to find out more

OWiX is a cross-sector pilot scheme that aims to accelerate the cost reduction of offshore wind by matching industry challenges with innovative solutions adapted from other parts of the economy. At the same time, it will provide targeted opportunities for UK businesses in different industries to deliver into the renewable energy supply chain. These suppliers may operate in markets or sectors with very different attributes to offshore wind power generation. The Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange (OWiX) is the first programme of the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub (OWIH), which is delivered jointly by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network.

Dr Nee-Joo Teh, energy systems lead at the Knowledge Transfer Network, said: “In a week when we have seen renewable energy sources provide over half of the UK’s power for the first time, it’s clear there is tremendous potential for offshore wind to contribute to our long-term energy needs. By bringing UK industry together to help improve that technology, we are helping not only to build a low-carbon future, but to drive economic opportunity.” 

The Call for Ideas is open until Friday 11th August. For more information, please visit:

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