Funding success for 7 UK companies

by James Bernthal-Hooker in 28/01/2020 OWGP

The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) has unveiled the seven winners of its first ever funding call. The funds, totalling £364,000, have gone to UK companies in the oil and gas, manufacturing, and robotics industries.

Success in the call to drive cost reduction from advanced manufacturing techniques was enjoyed by Cedeco, Global Energy Group, Magnomatics, and W3G Marine. Meanwhile, Cognitive Business, Sennen Tech, and Smart Component Technologies are to develop advanced sensors, Internet of Things (IoT), and communications solutions for offshore wind.

The winning project titles are as follows:

Call for competitiveness from advanced manufacturing techniques

  • Cedeco - Composite Spoon Wedge Gaesibility Study (delivery partner: National Composite Centre)
  • Global Energy Group - The application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Renewables Fabrication (delivery partner: Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre)
  • Magnomatics - ROBOMAG (Robotic Placement of Large Rotor Magnets) (delivery partner: Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre)
  • W3G Marine - Robotic Welding Faesibility Study (delivery partner: Cyberweld)

Call for advanced sensors, IoT, and communication solutions for offshore wind
  • Cognitive Business - WAVES (Wind Accessibility Verification for Enhanced Safety)
  • Sennen Tech - Improved Efficiency of O&M Through Generation of Lost Production Metrics
  • Smart Component Technologies - Remote Monitoring of Safety and Performance Critical Fasteners to Reduce the Cost of Delivering Offshore Wind

OWGP reports that all applications were independently assessed by external exports on a points system, where the highest scores were selected for funding. Of the £364,000 total, £156,000 was leveraged in match funding contributions from successful companies. The UK offshore wind supply chain projects secured are said to be worth £520,000 and are due to begin on 1st February 2020.  

OWGP Programme Director Andrew Macdonald said: “This was a very competitive process and we received a high number of quality applications, totalling almost £2 million in project costs, demonstrating the huge opportunities to maximise the economic benefits of our world-leading position in offshore wind. The OWGP is committed to delivering increased productivity and competitiveness that will drive increased UK content into offshore windfarms in the rapidly growing global market, as well as in the UK.”

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