A new initiative from the Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) will give Scottish businesses a head start in developing offshore wind products and services by accessing academic expertise, it was announced on 25 April.
The KEN is a team of Business Development Managers who work with companies and relevant business intermediaries to proactively explore opportunities for new collaborative links with ETP and where appropriate identify and source funding.
Through KEN, the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) – a consortium of 13 Scottish Universities including the University of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Dundee – will look to link Scottish technology developers with academics and researchers in order to effectively develop offshore wind products. This could include early-stage feasibility studies and modelling, as well as testing and validation for development of offshore wind projects.
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult – the leading technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy – will help identify the brightest ideas and ways of commercialising them.