Joule Challenge Phase 2 Summary Report

Published 18 October 2023

The vision of the Joule Challenge is to transform the UK supply chain for Offshore Wind by harnessing the full impact of composite materials. It aims to:

  • Deliver transformational innovation in the high value manufacturing supply chain.
  • Create innovative and sustainable designs for the next generation of turbines.
  • Position the UK as a global centre of excellence for composites in offshore wind.

Delivered by a collaboration of two Catapult centres: ORE Catapult and the National Composites Centre (NCC), part of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, the Joule Challenge Phase 2 project, which started in November 2021 and concluded in June 2023, set out to prove that composite materials can deliver significant performance and light-weighting opportunities that will be essential to addressing the technical challenge of developing the next generation wind turbine platform beyond 20MW.

To support this Phase 2 had the following objectives:

  1. For each turbine component, generate a suite of concepts that might/could decrease the LCoE and/or mass of the turbine;
  2. Taking into account CAPEX, LCoE, mass and global warming potential (GWP), down select the concepts and components to contribute the most to system level benefits;
  3. Engage the wind industry to align the working practices and project outcomes.

You can read the full report to find out the key outcomes and findings in the link below:


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