Sharing technologies and solutions between the growing offshore wind industry and the space, defence and oil & gas sectors will be the theme of an event in the East of England next month.
Lessons learned in the more mature industries to help the developing offshore wind business across the UK will be aired by experts at the event at OrbisEnergy, Lowestoft.
Offshore Wind Meets…Space, Defence and Oil & Gas is being held in partnership with Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network and OrbisEnergy.
The free-to-attend one-day event, on Tuesday December 6, is targeted at innovators, engineers, strategic thinkers and inventors developing solutions for offshore wind to support its development and target of driving down costs.
Expert speakers from the European Space Agency, Airbus Defence and Space, LM Handling Ltd., part of the offshore services group Acteon, James Fisher & Sons, Renewable UK, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, and BVG Associates will offer their unique perspectives on the collaboration potential between these industries.
David Hÿtch, Lead Technologist for Offshore Renewable Energy at Innovate UK, said that the event will provide a forum to share ideas about how cross sector innovation can improve efficiency, cut costs and bring new technology options.
“With more than 5GW of offshore wind already installed in UK waters, 4.5GW of projects under construction and a significant pipeline of projects emerging across the world, offshore wind energy presents a significant opportunity for UK companies to diversify and expand both at home and abroad.
“This event is the first of its kind. We will be bringing together four very distinct industries and supply chains where we feel there are a range of cross-sector opportunities to drive technical and commercial innovation, supply chain collaboration, and reduce the costs of developing, operating, and maintaining offshore wind projects.”