U.K.-based nonprofit Carbon Trust becomes newest partner in Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology Marine Partners initiative to accelerate offshore wind development


The Carbon Trust has joined the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) Marine Partners initiative as a Marine Affiliate. The Carbon Trust is a not-for-profit company with the mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy.

It provides specialist support to help business and the public sector cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. By stimulating low carbon action it contributes to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, the development of low carbon businesses, increased energy security and associated jobs.

“I look at the Carbon Trust’s vision to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy by commercialising low carbon technologies and contribute to key UK goals of lower carbon emissions, and compare it with IMarEST’s, vision of a world where marine resources and activities are sustained, managed and developed for the benefit of humanity’ and see immediate synergy,” says IMarEST’s Chief Executive, Dr Marcus Jones. “We welcome the Carbon Trust as a Marine Partner and look forward to working with them to bring both our visions to reality.

“Indeed, we are already actively supporting one of the Carbon Trust’s initiatives. In late September it launched the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Access Competition - a global competition to find world-leading solutions to the problem of transferring engineers and equipment safely from boats to wind turbines as far as 300km offshore in 3 metre significant wave heights. We are promoting this competition to our 15,000 members around the globe. Over the past 120 years, since our institute was founded in 1889, marine engineers have proved they can rise successfully to an exciting and varied range of challenges, and I know they will grasp this one with great enthusiasm.”

About the Carbon Trust’s OWA Access Competition

The Offshore Wind Accelerator is a major industry collaboration with eight leading energy companies – DONG Energy, E.ON, Mainstream Renewable Power, RWE Innogy, ScottishPower Renewables, SSE Renewables, Statkraft and Statoil – which aims to drive down the costs of energy by 10%. Collectively the OWA Partners have licences to develop 30GW of offshore wind capacity in UK waters (representing 60% of today’s licensed UK capacity)

The newly announced competition aims to strengthen the economics of offshore wind by boosting revenues by as much as £3bn at a crucial time for the next generation of Round 3 offshore wind farms. The need for better access solutions is driven by the location of the next generation of wind farms to be built over the next decade.

Today’s wind farms are typically less than 20km from shore in relatively benign sea conditions, but in future, wind farms will be as far as 300km offshore where they will operate in harsh conditions – excellent conditions for generating electricity, but challenging for operations and maintenance. Companies interested can submit their designs until 5pm, 26th November by visiting www.carbontrust.co.uk/access or emailing OWA@carbontrust.co.uk.

The IMarEST Marine Partner initiative
Further information on all aspects of the IMarEST Marine Partners scheme, which now nearly 40 members globally, can be found on the website at www.imarest.org/Community/OurMarinePartners.aspx; and is available from Samantha Dawkins, Manager, Marine Partners and Exhibitions, IMarEST, 80 Coleman Street, London, EC2R 5BJ, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7382 2639; Fax: +44 (0)20 7382 2667; Email: marinepartners@imarest.org.

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