The Johnson administration in the UK has launched three innovation challenges in the green energy sector including floating wind offshore, energy storage technology and biomass production
A total of £92M (US$127M) is being invested to enable green innovators to drive forward the next generation of technology that will help the UK transition to clean, green energy and tackle climate change.
Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said, “UK energy innovators are vital to us becoming a world-leader in clean green technology, helping us to go further and faster as we tackle climate change.
“This funding will allow us to develop new ways of unlocking the potential for green energy as we continue making big strides towards our goal of eradicating our contribution to climate change by 2050.”
£20M (US$28M) will be used to power innovation that unlocks the full potential of floating offshore wind technology around the UK coastline, allowing turbines to be situated in areas where it is too deep for conventional bottom-fixed offshore windfarms. Locations such as these tend to be where winds are stronger and more consistent.
Innovative technologies could include advancing components such as dynamic high-voltage cable systems, moorings for challenging seabed conditions and foundations. A floating offshore wind innovation competition will formally open to bids later in 2021.
£68M (US$94M) will be used to further the development of energy storage technologies to support a future renewable energy system. BEIS said it hopes innovations will accelerate the commercialisation of technology that can store energy from wind turbines and solar panels.
Biomass projects will benefit from £4M of government investment aimed at increasing the production of sustainably sourced biomass in the UK.
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