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EPSRC Reference: EP/Y016297/1
Title: Supergen ORE Impact Hub 2023
Principal Investigator: Greaves, Professor D
Other Investigators:
White, Professor DJ Stallard, Professor TJ Gilbert, Professor J
Willden, Professor RHJ Jeffrey, Mr H Thies, Professor PR
Scott, Professor B Brennan, Professor FP Byrne, Professor BW
Zhao, Professor X
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Arup Group Ltd Aura Innovation Aviva Plc
BP Carbon Trust Catapult Offshore Renewable Energy
Celtic Sea Power Centre for Env Fisheries Aqua Sci CEFAS DNV Services UK Limited
EDF Eleven Integration Energy Systems Catapult
European Marine Energy Centre Ltd (EMEC) France Energies Marine Fred. Olsen Seawind Ltd.
Gazelle Wind Power GE Grid Solutions (UK) Ltd JNCC (Joint Nature Conserv Committee)
Marine Alliance for Sci & Tech (MASTS) Marine Energy Wales Marine Management Organisation
Marine Power Systems Ltd Marine Scotland Science National Composites Centre
Ocean University of China Ocean Winds UK Ltd Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
Offshore Wind Consultants Limited (UK) Orsted PA Consulting Group
Pacific Marine Energy Centre Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Pacific Ocean Energy Trust
Renewables Consulting Group RenewableUK Siemens Energy Ltd
ThakeConsult The Crown Estate UK Marine Energy Council
University College Cork University of Bristol University of Maine
University of Western Australia Vercity Wave Energy Scotland
Department: Sch of Eng, Comp and Math (SECaM)
Organisation: University of Plymouth
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 July 2023 Ends: 30 June 2027 Value (£): 7,965,317
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy - Marine & Hydropower Wind Power
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
15 May 2023 Supergen Hubs 2023 Call Interview Panel Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The UK is leading the development and installation of offshore renewable energy technologies. With over 13GW of installed offshore wind capacity and another 3GW under construction, two operational and one awarded floating offshore demonstration projects as well as Contracts for Difference awards for four tidal energy projects, offshore renewable energy will provide the backbone of the Net Zero energy system, giving energy security, green growth and jobs in the UK.

The revised UK targets that underpin the Energy Security Strategy seek to grow offshore wind capacity to 50 GW, with up to 5 GW floating offshore wind by 2030. Further acceleration is envisaged beyond 2030 with targets of around 150 GW anticipated for 2050. To achieve these levels of deployment, ORE developments need to move beyond current sites to more challenging locations in deeper water, further from shore, while the increasing pace of deployment introduces major challenges in consenting, manufacture and installation. These are ambitious targets that will require strategic innovation and research to achieve the necessary technology acceleration while ensuring environmental sustainability and societal acceptance.

The role of the Supergen ORE Hub 2023 builds on the academic and scientific networks, traction with industry and policymakers and the reputation for research leadership established in the Supergen ORE Hub 2018. The new hub will utilise existing and planned research outcomes to accelerate the technology development, collaboration and industry uptake for commercial ORE developments.

The Supergen ORE Hub strategy will focus on delivering impact and knowledge transfer, underpinned by excellent research, for the benefit of the wider sector, providing research and development for the economic and social benefit of the UK. Four mechanisms for leverage are envisaged to accelerate the ORE expansion: Streamlining ORE projects, by accelerating planning, consenting and build out timescales; upscaling the ORE workforce, increasing the scale and efficiency of ORE devices and system; enhanced competitiveness, maximising ORE local content and ORE economic viability in the energy portfolio; whilst ensuring sustainability, yielding positive environmental and social benefits from ORE.

The research programme is built around five strategic workstreams, i) ORE expansion - policy and scenarios , ii) Data for ORE design and decision-making, iii) ORE modelling, iv) ORE design methods and v) Future ORE systems and concepts, which will be delivered through a combination of core research to tackle sector wide challenges in a holistic and synergistic manner, strategic projects to address emerging sector challenges and flexible funding to deliver targeted projects addressing focussed opportunities. Supergen Representative Systems will be established as a vehicle for academic and industry community engagement to provide comparative reference cases for assessing applicability of modelling tools and approaches, emerging technology and data processing techniques.

The Supergen ORE Hub outputs, research findings and sector progress will be communicated through directed networking, engagement and dissemination activities for the range of academic, industry and policy and governmental stakeholders, as well as the wider public.

Industry leverage will be achieved through new co-funding mechanisms, including industry-funded flexible funding calls, direct investment into research activities and the industry-funded secondment of researchers, with >53% industry plus >23% HEI leverage on the EPSRC investment at proposal stage.

The Hub will continue and expand its role in developing and sustaining the pipeline of talent flowing into research and industry by integrating its ECR programme with Early Career Industrialists and by enhancing its programme of EDI activities to help deliver greater diversity within the sector and to promote ORE as a rewarding and accessible career for all.
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