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UK & CHN Core - UK & China Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy

Building a better future through a shared knowledge platform

A combined UK and China government initiative, the ORE International Impact Platform is a space where industry leaders and educational institutions’ shared knowledge is brought together from across the world.

Following on the outbreak of the Covid-19, and following on discussions among the PIs of the 5 project and the research councils funding the projects, it has been decided to cancel the UK-CHN ORE conference in Beijing, from the 6th to the 9th of May 2020. An alternative event, in the UK, is planned: further updates and details to follow shortly.

The INNO-MPP summer school in Oban 23-27 March 2020 is cancelled to reduced the risk of contracting and spreading the virus.

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About the Programme

Researchers from the UK and China will collaborate on a series of projects to develop the next generation of resilient offshore renewable energy (ORE) technologies to enable the safe, secure, cheap and efficient provision of clean energy.

Five collaborative, interdisciplinary projects have been announced as part of the Joint-UK China Offshore Renewable Energy programme. They aim to tackle key technology and engineering challenges affecting the development of ORE systems, maximise their environmental and socio-economic benefits, and inform and improve other key considerations such as deployment, planning and management.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are supporting the projects with almost £4 million of funding, which will be distributed through the Newton Fund. The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) is providing support for all of the projects.

Former EPSRC’s Chief Executive,
Professor Philip Nelson, said:

“The Joint-UK China Offshore Renewable Energy programme will build on a successful history of international collaboration in this field between organisations such as EPSRC and NERC in the UK, and the NSFC in China.”

“This programme has already delivered invaluable research on smart grids, the integration of electric vehicles and grid scale energy storage. These new projects bring together some of the leading minds in this field from the UK and China to increase our capacity to generate and distribute affordable, safe, clean energy.”

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