Funding will support innovation in offshore wind turbines

Funding worth £10m is being made available for UK innovators to develop solutions that cut costs and make offshore wind turbines more efficient.

According to a statement, up to £7m is available under the third round of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB’s) component technologies development and demonstration scheme. 

The DECC and the TSB expect to help fund between five and 10 projects, depending on the volume and quality of the applications received and the deadline for applications to DECC is noon on 16 January 2013.

Greg Barker, minister for energy and climate change, said: ‘This new investment follows two successful rounds of our offshore wind innovation scheme and I would encourage companies who haven’t yet taken advantage of this funding to get on board.’

Previous winners under the first round include Yorkshire-based company David Brown Gear Systems, which was awarded £1.2m to help develop its 7MW offshore wind turbine gearbox, and Gravitas Offshore, based in Maidenhead, which received more than £500,000 to help develop and demonstrate its concrete gravity foundation for large offshore wind turbines. Winners of the second round will be announced soon.

Organisations can also apply for a share of £3m for the development of technical feasibility studies in offshore wind innovation.

This funding can be used to explore new ideas currently in the early stages of research and applications are encouraged from a range of sectors, including those such as aerospace and oil and gas where the adaptation of existing technologies for the offshore wind sector could help cut costs in the future. 

Applications must be submitted to the TSB before noon on 16 January 2013.

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