Programme Overview

Accelerating innovation and supply chain capacity in the North of Scotland

A new initiative run by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), sponsored by the West of Orkney Windfarm.

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland and surrounding waters present a clear opportunity to deliver significant carbon free and sustainable energy.

The £1 million Offshore Wind Research and Innovation (R&I) Programme is searching for novel solutions to help deliver offshore wind faster, cheaper and at lower risk.

Aim and objectives

The programme aims to embed economic benefits in the North of Scotland and support companies to explore ways to overcome specific technical challenges in offshore wind development.

  • Reduce time, cost and risk of offshore wind roll out in high energy environments
  • Accelerate innovation, enhancing R&I capacity in the North of Scotland
  • Create jobs and help businesses grow, bringing skills, capabilities and economic benefit closer to wind farm projects

Innovation calls

A series of innovation calls will address different challenge areas facing the West of Orkney Windfarm, spanning metocean, installation, logistics, and operations and maintenance (O&M).

The first innovation call is open for applications until 1pm, Monday 12 February 2024, with up to £300,000 available to projects.

The R&I Programme will sponsor innovative projects to help the supply chain bring new solutions to market, build operational capacity and scale up activities. Successful applicants may also get support with developing a robust project proposal, accessing alternative grant funding and access to EMEC’s world-leading test and demonstration sites.

We’re looking for innovative ideas and solutions to some of the key challenges in developing the West of Orkney Windfarm. Whilst the call is targeted at a specific windfarm’s development, it is expected that solutions bring wider benefits across the offshore wind sector, supply chain, and economy in the region.

How to get involved

Apply to innovation call

Become a programme sponsor

Innovation Call Open

Apply for PROJECT SPONSORSHIP up to £300,000

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Technology demonstration sites

Funding application support

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Innovation call webinar

Friday 12 January 2024



£1 million offshore wind programme launches innovation call

A £1 million research and innovation (R&I) programme is searching for novel solutions to help deliver offshore wind faster, cheaper and at lower risk.




EMEC has signed a ground-breaking agreement with the West of Orkney Windfarm

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