Seven UK companies from the oil and gas, manufacturing and robotics sectors have secured £364,000 (US$474,000) in grant funding from the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership’s (OWGP) first funding call to industry
Cedeco, Global Energy Group, Magnomatics and W3G Marine were successful in the call to drive cost reduction from advanced manufacturing techniques. Cognitive Business, Sennen Tech and Smart Component Technologies will work to develop advanced sensors, internet of things and communications solutions for offshore wind.
The applications were assessed independently by external experts, with the highest scoring projects selected for grant funding. £364,000 (US$474,000) was allocated to seven projects, with £156,000 (US$203,000) leveraged in match funding contributions from successful companies, securing UK offshore wind supply chain projects worth £520,000 (US$677,000) and due to begin 1 February 2020.
Some of the competition winners will work with delivery partners including the National Composite Centre and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to deliver projects including applying machine learning in renewables fabrication and a robotic welding feasibility study, while other projects will tackle remotely monitoring critical fasteners and improving O&M efficiency through better use of data metrics.
UK Minister of State for Business and Energy Kwasi Kwarteng said, “The UK is a global leader in offshore wind and this funding will help our brilliant supply chain to innovate even further. Renewables are not just good for our climate, but for jobs and the economy as well.”
OWGP programme director Andrew Macdonald said, “This was a very competitive process and we received a high number of quality applications totalling almost £2M in project costs, demonstrating the huge opportunities to maximise the economic benefits of our world-leading position in offshore wind. The OWGP is committed to delivering increased productivity and competitiveness that will drive increased UK content into offshore windfarms in the rapidly growing global market, as well as in the UK.”
OWGP OWIC sponsor Halfdan Brustad said the OWGP had been able to identify an exciting range of projects from UK companies which merit support and investment. He said activity undertaken by the OWGP, such as through these pilot calls, are important opportunities to support the growth of the UK supply chain and to help deliver on our ambitions under the Offshore Wind Sector Deal.
Additional OWGP support programmes are currently under development and will be launched later this year.
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