Innovation Group

Lead by Durham University

Let’s talk innovation! Offshore renewable energy, and specifically electricity produced from wind power, is a cornerstone of the world’s low carbon power generation strategies with the UK at the forefront of integrating the technology into its energy system.

North East England leads the way for innovation in Offshore Wind

The Energi Coast Innovation Group aims to position offshore wind innovation activity in North East England at the forefront of the UK’s Regional Clusters. It can do this by capitalising on existing links and developing new collaborations involving North East England industry and local authorities, the North East England Universities, the ORE Catapult, the Aura Cluster in the Humber and with Teesside’s industrial decarbonisation activities. Energi Coast will contribute to the innovation needed to develop the next generation offshore wind technologies and their integration into the future energy system, opening up new opportunities for companies in North East England as the wind industry develops in our Region to 2030 and beyond.

An Innovation Group forum has been created on Microsoft Teams for North East England based companies, organisations and Universities to share information on offshore wind innovation challenges. The aim is to identify key areas of interest, expertise and opportunities to develop collaboration. To join the discussion contact Evelyn Tehrani,

Professor Simon Hogg, Ørsted Professor in Renewable Energy, Head of the Department of Engineering, Durham University, Energi Coast Innovation Group Lead

Innovation Support

ORE Catapult is the UK’s leading technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy, delivering the UK’s largest clean growth opportunity by accelerating the creation and growth of UK companies. As part of this, we are the main delivery partner for the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership; a long-term programme to support high-growth companies in the UK offshore wind supply chain through a combination of strategic capability assessment, advisory services and grant funding.

Tony Quinn, Operations Director of ORE Catapult

The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership

The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) is a long-term business transformation programme established as part of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal. The OWGP will promote closer collaboration across the supply chain, implement structured productivity improvement programmes and facilitate shared growth opportunities between developers and the supply chain. Over the next ten years, delivery will focus on direct support to supply chain companies through a combination of structured business support programmes and grant funding.

For more information please visit

Claire Canning, Programme Manager of OWGP

Innovation Support Network


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