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Innovation Challenges

Solving these technology innovation challenges will help drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy, with positive effects for the industry and UK economy. If your technology has the answer, get in touch via our contact form on the Innovation Challenges page.

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Fit For Offshore Renewables

Supporting the UK's offshore wind supply chain

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Are you ready to win work in the offshore renewable energy sector?

Inspired by the High Value Manufacturing Catapult‘s successful Fit For Nuclear programme, in 2018 we launched Fit For Offshore Renewables: a business improvement journey designed to help the UK supply chain grasp the growing offshore wind opportunity.

With its key focus on business excellence, the programme allows companies to measure their operations against the standards required to supply the industry and take steps to close any gaps.

The pilot programme assessed and visited 30 Scottish firms before creating action plans for improvement. Fourteen are now progressing to the next stage, which will actively work to increase competitiveness and productivity in preparation for the growth catalysed by the Offshore Wind Sector Deal.

In July 2019, Rigmar Group became one of the first companies to benefit from the programme when it won its first major contract in offshore wind. The Aberdeen-based firm was selected by Vattenfall to carry out inspections and repairs at the 93.2MW European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Aberdeen Bay.

The early success of the programme has spawned follow-on initiatives in supply chain hotspots East Anglia and the north-east, and in future will align with the Sector Deal’s Offshore Wind Growth Partnership business competitiveness strand, providing a nationwide economic boost.

 

Who can take part?

F4OR is designed for businesses with 10 or more employees or with a turnover of £1 million and upwards, as the principles of the programme are more difficult to apply to microenterprises.

Microenterprises with the potential to offer a niche product or service to the offshore renewables sector should still get in touch to discuss how F4OR can help.

Participating companies can range from contract manufacturers with no offshore renewables experience aiming to take a first step into the sector, to established, tier 1 suppliers wanting to benchmark their position and drive business excellence.

 


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