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Dig deeper into the biggest issues facing offshore wind, wave and tidal energy with our series of Analysis & Insight papers.

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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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We’ve brought together owner/operators Eon, SSE, EDF Energy Renewables, Scottish Power Renewables, Centrica, Orsted, Vattenfall and innogy to focus on improving performance in operating and maintaining offshore wind farms.

The Operations and Maintenance (O&M Forum) is identifying areas where the participants can collaborate and innovate, sharing learning and best practice to improve performance and ultimately drive down industry costs.

The group has a unique remit to investigate the common issues that affect offshore wind farm performance and reliability, and to develop and test innovative potential solutions.  They will look at areas such as blade erosion and cable damage and failure, which have been identified as common problems affecting almost all operational wind turbine generators in UK waters.

 

 

To improve performance and reduce the costs associated with offshore wind farms, there needs to be greater collaboration amongst industry players to share best practice and learning. If we are going to capitalise on the economic opportunity presented by a strong offshore supply chain, then we need to develop a collective view on what the key technology challenges are, and where the industry should be focusing its combined efforts on developing innovative solutions to drive cost reductions.

Chris Hill Operational Performance Director, ORE Catapult

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