The untapped potential in Offshore Renewable Energy is vast, but there are still some big challenges to overcome before we can harness it.
So we've identified a range of Research Challenges that will be a major focus of our work over the next four years. We're prioritising them based on need, impact potential, affordability, national benefit, capability, and technology status. We've also considered their importance and relevance across the ORE sectors - wind, wave, and tide - so we maintain a whole systems approach across the variety of engineering and scientific disciplines.
We want to make sure the research we help lead is available to as many stakeholders as possible in a way they'll find accessible and useful. Our stakeholders include researchers, wider academia, industry, public and industry bodies. We'll achieve that connection through a programme of events, publications, newsletters and online tools.
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Overcoming research challenges in Offshore Renewable Energy will require some clever thinking. We'll need to develop new methods, ideas and ultimately products that solve problems. We want to encourage and nurture a research environment and network of researchers that embraces and focuses innovation in areas of research defined through our Area Strategy.
Our research Flexible Fund is our tool to stimulate research and innovation - either to address gaps or build on existing areas of research.
MAXIMISING SOCIETAL VALUE
What do we mean by societal value? Is it robust engineering? Is the importance of understanding the ecological impacts of ORE? Is it the boost to local economies that commercial deployment of Offshore Renewable Energy devices can bring? Is it the opportunity to nurture a new generation of academic researchers in a culture where Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are second nature?
It's all of those - and more - it's the bringing together of our cultural and technical aspirations for the value the ORE academic sector can bring to society.