Supergen ORE Hub
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)'s Supergen ORE Hub is spearheaded by Professor Deborah Greaves, leading a consortium of 10 UK universities awarded £9 million to provide research leadership to connect academia, industry, policy and public stakeholders, inspire innovation, and maximise societal value in offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.
The Hub also finances a Flexi Fund that is allocated to the wider community in support of research and development progress.
The first round of funding in 2019 has already awarded nearly £1 million to ten UK University-led consortia, supporting ambitious research projects investigating all aspects of offshore renewable energy.
The EPSRC’s Supergen Programme coordinates research into sustainable power generation and supply, focusing on: bioenergy; energy networks; energy storage; fuel cells; hydrogen and other vectors; marine, wave and tidal; solar technology; and wind power.
The initiative has led to developments of new tools and technologies, greater collaboration between academia, government and industry, among other benefits.
The Supergen ORE Hub unites the two areas of offshore wind and marine energy due to them having sufficient common or aligned research challenges and synergies in the existing technology.
The Hub is intended to build a collaborative approach between the areas that will share best practice, exploit the similarities, and also support early career researcher development, and the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.