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London Array Offshore Wind Farm | ORE Catapult

Intro

ORE Catapult is a delivery partner in SCORE2, a project targeting SMEs that have the expertise and capability to support the offshore renewable energy supply chain – particularly new entrants. Providing innovation challenges, advisory and testing services, SCORE2 is set to assist 200 SMEs over the three-year life of the project.

Published
Wed 13 Jun 2018
Last Updated
Wed 27 Jun 2018

The Challenge

Facilitated through SCORE2, one particular success story has been ORE Catapult’s test partnership with Essex-based SME, GreenSpur Renewables Ltd., to develop a new, award-winning, Direct-Drive Permanent Magnet Generator (DD PMG) that does not rely on rare-earth magnets.

ORE Catapult helped GreenSpur obtain an initial funding call to scale up their pioneering generator into a small-scale 50kW test unit, as well as support the development of their pitch to secure £1.25m of grant funding from Innovate UK, which will be used to move the technology towards a fully-optimised 1MW unit.

Providing innovation challenges, advisory and testing services, SCORE2 is set to assist 200 SMEs over the three-year life of the project.

The Solution

When scaled up to multi-MW levels, the cost savings of a DD PMG could be even greater, and with the additional environmental and practical advantages of using ferrite magnets.

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Supporting up to 200 English SMEs, with economic benefits being realised across the east coast of England.

Inward UK investment into offshore renewables, creating supply chain opportunities and economic benefit.

Test expertise supports the upscaling of SME innovation into fully optimised, market-ready products.

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