A new innovation centre aimed at commercialising offshore wind, wave and tidal technologies in the UK has officially been opened.
Four pilot projects, which includes the development of a Marine Farm Accelerator, will be led by the Carbon Trust and The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult in Glasgow.
They will look into developing and rolling out a form of standards, a more efficient system for collecting and sharing offshore renewable device performance data and try to reduce the lifetime cost of offshore renewable energy.
CEO Andrew Jamieson said: “We recognise that the UK has a terrific academic and research sector and early stage business innovations along with some outstanding industries at the other end. The Catapult bridges the gap to enable early stage ideas to become commercialised and established.
“Reducing cost is paramount and a lot of activity is needed to achieve this so I am very keen to explore what technology innovation can do in that space.”
The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is one of seven centres being established by the Technology Strategy Board with more than £1 billion of public and private sector investment expected over the next five years.