EPSRC Prosperity Partnership: a new partnership in Offshore Wind
The partnership between industry leaders of the offshore wind industry and world-leading academic researchers will focus on reducing the levelised cost of electricity to support UK supply chain growth.
The opening of Siemens new £310m offshore wind (OSW) turbine blade factory in Hull is a milestone for the industry. It coincides with increased investment in operations and maintenance activities to service the increasing capacity of OSW farms, especially by the world's largest OSW developer, Ørsted.
The Partnership project brings together these two major players with world-leading academic researchers in a £7.64m, 5-year programme. Focussing on TRL1-3 it will address the fundamental research problems that will help to reduce the Levelised Cost of Electricity from OSW and to support UK supply chain growth.
The programme ultimately enables more affordable and efficient technology to facilitate growth of offshore wind power to meet energy needs worldwide. It provides growth in the UK OSW supply chain, meeting the national needs of growth in the low-carbon economy, achieving UK CO2 emissions-targets and ensuring resilient low-cost energy.
The UK OSW industry will obtain solutions to key issues impeding the further development of OSW technology - this will allow participants to forge ahead in a rapidly growing, high-demand global sector, developing new products and improve the efficiency and durability of existing technology. They will also benefit from an influx of specialists with a skill set tailored to their specific needs.
The British Government and the environment will benefit from resilient and affordable solutions to meet their international obligations for reductions in CO2 emissions.
The public will benefit from lower prices for sustainable electricity.
Academic research benefits from the dissemination of this internationally leading low-TRL research in high-impact journals and conferences.
Young people and under-represented groups will be attracted into engineering and innovation.
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