The Carbon Trust announced on 27 August the launch of Stage 2 of the Offshore Renewable Joint Industry Project (ORJIP) for offshore wind. The four-year programme aims to reduce consenting risk, project maturation time, cost and the environmental impact of existing and future offshore wind farms.
The programme is funded by public and private partners including The Crown Estate, Crown Estate Scotland, EDF Renewables, EDP Renewables, E.ON, Equinor, Innogy, Marine Scotland, Red Rock Power, Shell and SSE Renewables.
Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Paul Wheelhouse said: “As set out in our Programme for Government, we are committed to supporting research that will help address challenges with the sustainability of offshore renewables. Working collaboratively with others is at the heart of this and we welcome this partnership approach to strategic research that recognises interests across developers and public bodies, as well as the Scottish Government and our counterparts in the other devolved administrations.”