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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Offshore Wind Industry Council

Offshore Wind Industry Council | OWIC | ORE Catapult

The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) is a senior Government and industry forum established in May 2013 to drive the development of the world-leading offshore wind sector in the UK.

The OWIC is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy and is the sponsoring body of the Offshore Wind Programme Board – a joint government/industry body responsible for driving cost reduction in offshore wind.

The OWIC is co-chaired by Benj Sykes, UK Country Manager for Ørsted, and a Minister from the Department of Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills – reflecting government and industry commitment to the continued success and growth of the offshore wind sector. Membership comprises of government and public body representatives alongside senior executives from the development and supply chain community.

The OWIC replaces the Offshore Wind Developers Forum (OWDF) which was established in 2010 to facilitate the delivery of the Government’s ambitious plans for offshore wind energy. Its key purpose was to bring together government and industry to find solutions to barriers which have the potential to impede the viability and deliverability of offshore wind in the UK and also to maximise benefits to the UK economy.


A Sector Deal for Offshore Wind

In 2017, in response to the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, the offshore wind industry committed to collectively working with Government to secure a transformative sector deal by the middle of 2018. The Deal will focus on reducing costs, increasing productivity, decarbonising the UK economy, growing a skilled workforce to deliver exports and transforming economically challenged regions of the country.

The industry is calling for an investable pipeline of projects to build capability here in the UK. This requires a clear funding and policy regime and development of new sites in a responsible, sustainable way.



UK offshore wind industry announces Supply Chain Review led by former McLaren Group CEO

UK Offshore Wind Industry Reveals Ambitious 2030 Vision

OWIC welcomes Aurora Energy Research analysis on the future of UK offshore wind

OWIC welcomes UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy



OWIC meeting minutes July 2016

OWIC meeting minutes March 2016

OWIC meeting minutes March 2015

OWIC meeting minutes November 2014


Useful Documents

Strategic review of UK east coast staging and construction facilities 

Offshore Wind Industrial Strategy Business and Government Action



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