Offshore renewable energy

Wind turbine being installed at sea

In pursuing its remit, NERC invests in world-leading research, training and innovation across the energy system to provide society with evidence and expertise to inform decision-making.

Following on from the Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Programme (MREKEP), NERC has continued to support the development of partnerships between the academic research base and the offshore renewable energy sector through innovation workshops. Opportunities for cross-sector innovation are also being explored in conjunction with the Innovation Programme in Oil & Gas and the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Programme.

Design for Decommissioning: Opportunities for marine science workshop

Closing date: 16 Feb

19 Jan 2018

A workshop was being held on 6 March 2018 at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, to bring together academic researchers and industry to discuss the potential challenges and opportunities for integrating marine science at the design stage of offshore structures to enable better environmental management.

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The UK has one of the best offshore wind resources in the world, 50% of Europe's tidal energy and 35% of its wave energy. Environmental science can be used to capitalise on this to:

  • Understand the resource - to assess and harness the extent and distribution of wind, wave and tidal resources in the UK at various spatial and temporal scales.

  • Understand environmental impacts and enabling productive regulation - understanding impacts of new developments and technology across whole systems and life cycles of operations, installation, operation and decommissioning.

In follow on to the Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Programme, NERC held two innovation workshops, links to output reports are provided in the Resources section below:

  • May 2016: Environmental and consenting barriers in developing floating wind farms in conjunction with the Carbon Trust - external link, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult - external link and ARUP - external link.

  • May 2017: Research and innovation needs for developing tidal lagoons, held in conjunction with Natural Resources Wales and Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP) Offshore Energy. Outputs from this workshop are included in the most recent version of the ORJIP Offshore Energy 'Forward Look'.

Opportunities for cross-sector innovation on innovative monitoring approaches and environmental data are also being explored through funding calls in conjunction with the Innovation Programme in Oil & Gas and the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Programme.


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