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Offshore wind hub turns spotlight on innovation

Tue 16 May 2017 by David Foxwell

Offshore wind hub turns spotlight on innovation
The OWIH will act as the focal point for the UK offshore wind industry and the public sector, providing information on innovation priorities

The Offshore Wind Innovation Hub (OWIH), designed to co-ordinate UK offshore wind innovation, launched its new website on 11 May.

The site includes an evidence-based identification of UK offshore wind innovation priorities, supply chain growth opportunities and a comprehensive view of the funding landscape.

The hub, and its first programme the Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange (OWIX), is backed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and delivered jointly by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network.

The website will act as the focal point for the UK offshore wind industry and the public sector – providing government and industry with evidence-based and validated information on the key innovation priorities within the sector and the impact these can have. It will also provide information on the national and international funding programmes available for technology development and will build consortia of organisations who can collectively address the innovation priorities identified.

Dr Stephen Wyatt, research and disruptive innovation director at ORE Catapult, said: “The OWIH has an important role to play in helping the UK’s technology-based businesses seize the tremendous opportunities in the offshore wind market. It will ensure that the UK’s world-class technologies and services remain at the forefront of innovation and are promoted internationally, further growing the UK’s leading global position in offshore wind.

“The OWIH and OWIX are critical tools in drawing new disruptive technologies into the sector from the UK’s most innovative companies, and in bringing industry together to align behind the sector’s innovation priorities.”

The Offshore Wind Innovation Hub website is at www.offshorewindinnovationhub.com.