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Trust's expertise in delivering

innovation and convening industry

consortiums with the industrial partners' technical

knowledge

and resources. It is two-thirds

funded by industry and one-third

by the DECC.

www.carbontrust.com/ourclients/o/offshore-windaccelerator

LOW CARBON INNOVATION

CO-ORDINATION GROUP

The LCICG brings together the

major public sector backed

organisations that are supporting low carbon innovation in the

UK. The group aims to maximise

the impact of UK public sector

funding for low carbon technology to

deliver affordable, secure,

low carbon energy for the UK;

economic growth; and foster

capabilities, knowledge and

skills in the UK, including in the

supply chains.

It works across diverse technologies and by pooling expertise

seeks to

coordinate public

sector support, improve communication and build a shared

evidence base within low carbon

innovation. The group meets

regularly and its current work

programme is described in

Working Together (see link

below). Its technology focus

areas include bioenergy, carbon

capture and storage, electricity

networks and storage, heat,

industrial sector, marine, nuclear

fission and offshore wind.

www.lowcarboninnovation.co.uk

/working_together/

www.lowcarboninnovation.co.uk

/working_together/technology_

focus_areas/overview/

OFFSHORE WIND

INDUSTRY COUNCIL

The OWIC is the leading

engagement body between the

UK offshore wind industry and

Government. It oversees delivery

of the UK's offshore wind industrial strategy

and brings together

developers, the UK-based supply chain, Government, Crown

Estate and the Devolved

Administrations. It provides a

forum to enable the UK offshore

wind industry and Government

to work together to remove barriers to

offshore wind, reduce

costs and build a competitive

UK-based industry.

www.thecrownestate.co.uk/ener

gy-and-infrastructure/offshorewind-energy/working-withus/offshore-wind-industrycouncil/

OFFSHORE WIND

PROGRAMME BOARD

The OWPB was established following the recommendations

in

the Offshore Wind

Cost Reduction Task Force

report. It brings together developers and the supply chain, UK

and Scottish Government,

Crown Estate and Statutory

Nature Conservation Bodies. It

aims to implement the Task

Force's recommendations on

cost reduction. It reports to the

OWIC. The link includes onward

links to minutes of Board

meetings.

www.thecrownestate.co.uk/ener

gy-and-infrastructure/offshorewind-energy/working-withus/offshore-wind-programmeboard/

ENERGY CATALYST

This Technology Strategy Board

initiative was launched in 2014

to help SMEs bring ideas,

processes, products and skills

to the UK energy supply chain. It

has a £35 million budget and

can fund projects from early

concept through to

pre-commercial technology

validation based on innovation

that incorporates areas including

new technologies or enhancement of existing

technologies,

components, sub-systems or

systems.

Funding levels vary but for early

stage or concept studies, where

projects must be led by an SME

(acting either individually or collaboratively)

or by a research

organisation with a business,

can be up to 75% of total project costs (with a ceiling on project

costs of £300,000). Later

stage funding can be for projects costing up to

£10 million.

www.innovateuk.org/energycatalyst

ORE ENERGY CATAPULT

The Offshore Renewable Energy

(ORE) Catapult is one of a network of seven elite

technology

and innovation centres set up by

the Technology Strategy Board

as a long-term £1.4bn investment in the UK's economic

capability. Applying business-led

research, Catapults help businesses transform

great ideas

into valuable products and services to

compete in the global

markets of tomorrow.

The ORE Catapult provides market

access for SMEs to new

technologies whilst driving

greater efficiency to create sustainable offshore

wind, wave

and tidal industries. In April 2014

it merged with the National

Renewable Energy Centre

(below) to form a national champion for the development and

cost reduction of offshore wind,

wave and tidal energy.

https://ore.catapult.org.uk

NATIONAL RENEWABLE

ENERGY CENTRE

Narec is the UK's national translational research

centre for

accelerating grid integration of

renewable energy systems and

catalysing the development and

deployment of offshore wind,

wave and tidal energy generation technologies.

It has invested

over £150 million in world-leading capabilities to

enable industry

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