Driving Cross-Sector Innovation in Offshore Wind

Adopting technology from other industries shows clear benefits for the Offshore Wind industry

The UK Government has created a bridge between industrial strategy and innovation policy, prioritizing problems rather than focusing on sectors. The mission-led innovation strategy enables the finding of new and wider-reaching solutions, increasing the likelihood of solving the problems. This strategy prioritizes cross-sector innovation to enable technology transfer from more mature industries to emerging industries. Offshore wind benefits from cross-sector innovation and technology transfer from industries like oil and gas and aerospace.

Cross-sector innovation and technology transfer demands a different approach 

Acquiring an open innovation mentality can benefit both small and big companies. Open innovation supposes that good ideas and solutions may be found in external businesses, rather than concentrating only on the internal research department. This approach encourages the cross-pollination of solutions and synergies among different sectors and companies.

On the other hand, cross-sector innovation identifies different barriers, involving regulations, standards and technological differences. Though those barriers can be challenging, they are attainable. 

Articulation between different companies helps to tackle these barriers and find new opportunities for the industry 

Catapult works hand-in-hand with the companies, highlighting the innovation priorities in the offshore renewable energy sector and developing different programmes to enable technology transfer. These programmes include the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub, the Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange, and the Offshore Wind Innovation Competition.

Catapult has created this analysis and insight paper Driving Cross-Sector Innovation in Offshore Wind to identify how cross-innovation strategy, open innovation and mission-led innovation benefit the offshore renewable energy sector.

By Maria Paula Ar…