The Crown Estate today launched a new website to support industry collaboration in the emerging wave and tidal industry. Called the Wave and Tidal Knowledge Network, the website will make it easier for organisations to share information with each other and help deliver industry growth.
The coverage of the Knowledge Network is broad, and includes
such topics as environmental impacts and consents, grid connection
and health and safety. The website has been designed in close
consultation with the industry and initially features over 900
references, with the content to be expanded in future. The
references have been contributed by over 30 organisations based in
the UK and overseas.
The Knowledge Network has been developed by The Crown Estate in
partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change
(DECC), stemming from an initiative of the DECC Marine Energy
The system is open access and much of the information is
available to download immediately, free of charge. In addition, the
website gives links to external sources of information available on
a commercial basis.
Rob Hastings, Director of the Energy & Infrastructure
Portfolio at The Crown Estate, said: "The Crown Estate is committed
to working in partnership with the wave and tidal industry and is
keen to encourage greater collaboration within the industry itself.
Building on our experience of similar initiatives for offshore
wind, we believe the Knowledge Network will bring significant
benefits, making it easier for organisations to learn from each
other, saving them time and money in the process."
Minister of State for Climate Change, RT Hon Greg Barker at
Department for Energy and Climate Change, said:
"The Crown Estate's new Wave and Tidal Knowledge Network is a
great way for industry to share latest developments and expertise.
This kind of collaboration is vital for further growth in this
sector and will help bring a range of exciting and innovative
technologies to market.
"Wave and tidal power has an important part to play in our low
carbon energy mix and the UK is already leading the marine energy
global race. We need to capitalise on growth so far and I am
delighted that The Crown Estate and my Department are working
together to ensure we can help industry keep up the momentum."
Tidal Knowledge Network