The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator has asked industry to respond to a request for information to inform the scope of a new industry competition launching next month.
The competition will aim to accelerate the development and uptake of new technology with the potential to reduce emissions and fuel consumption in offshore vessels.
The RFI is the first stage in the competition that will have an estimated funding envelope of circa £400,000 (US$517,000).
The results from the RFI will help gauge the current interest and development levels and assist efforts to tailor the competition to best suit industry needs.
The initial focus will be on systems, subsystems and technology that support crew transfer vessel operations, however the industry’s view for larger vessels such as service operations vessels in the future is also worth consideration.
This RFI requires respondents to complete 13 questions relating to current state-of-the-art industry systems, subsystems and technology projects, and should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.
The project is being led by BMT Defence and Security UK and Black & Veatch, commissioned by the Scottish Government and nine OWA industry partners – EnBW, Eon, Iberdrola, innogy, Ørsted, Shell, SSE, Equinor, and Vattenfall. All data from the survey will be confidential and will be used solely by Black & Veatch and the Carbon Trust for the project.
The Carbon Trust first issued a call for entries from companies and consortia interested in undertaking a study to evaluate potential technology for reducing emissions and fuel consumption last year.
The evolution of vessels for the offshore wind industry will be addressed in a number of presentations at the 2019 Offshore Wind Journal Conference in London on 5 February.