UK takes offshore geospatial data challenge wraps off

UK takes offshore geospatial data challenge wraps off

Together with the Centre for Climate, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is launching a marine innovation challenge focused on creating technologies that use marine geospatial data for renewable offshore energy.

The goal of the challenge, which is part of the Admiralty Marine Innovation Program, is to find solutions that use the data to help locate potential renewable energy offshore areas and optimize the efficiency of existing infrastructure.'

To help them create solutions, applicants can access a wide variety of geospatial and scientific data.
The chosen candidates would then work together with both UKHO and Cefas experts to create a prototype product to test with consumers.

The winner will receive an opportunity to create an alpha product to be evaluated in the clean energy offshore market.

Mark Casey, Head of Science, Design and Innovation at UKHO, said The offshore renewable energy sector is a key pillar of the Blue Economy and plays an important role in combating climate change."

This sector must, with considerable potential, be assisted by access to data to allow better decision-making.

Cefas chief scientist Stuart Rogers said: “We are pleased to partner with the UKHO again to build on our previous successful collaborations.

We recognise the global potential for offshore renewables and are keen to work with the sector to ensure that future development can proceed in an environmentally sustainable way.

“We believe this project has the potential to accelerate high quality data synthesis relevant to offshore renewables and contribute to the de-risking of future developments, allowing the sector to contribute to meeting the UK government’s targets for renewable energy generation and net-zero emissions.”

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