New innovation challenge for offshore renewable energy

New innovation challenge for offshore renewable energy: A recent challenge is seeking innovators to recognise how marine geospatial data can be used to spot suitable sites for offshore wind, tidal & wave energy infrastructure projects.

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has teamed up with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (Cefas) to begin the marine innovation challenge, by which applicants can approach a wide range of geospatial & scientific data to help them acquire key solutions.

Precise data helps mitigate possible environmental issues while guaranteeing the longevity and optimised production of offshore wind, tidal & wave energy creation projects.

Selected applicants will be able to work alongside experts at both the UKHO & Cefas to produce a prototype product to test with users, with the winner being rewarded an opportunity  to develop an alpha product to test within the offshore renewable energy market, which is approximated to be worth £178 billion and employ over 1.5 million globally by 2030.

Mark Casey, Head of Research, Design and Innovation at the UKHO stated: “The offshore renewables sector is a vital pillar in the blue economy and has an important role to play in the fight against climate change. With significant potential, this sector must be supported with access to data to enable better decision-making.

“The ADMIRALTY Marine Innovation Programme is dedicated to harnessing the power of innovation to explore how data can support ocean sustainability. To achieve this, we must be collaborative. We are proud to partner with Cefas for this challenge and we welcome applications from any organisations with a creative solution for how marine data can accelerate growth in offshore renewables.”

Applications need to be submitted by 31st December 2020.

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