Lowestoft: OrbisEnergy to bid for Technology & Innovation Centre role

THE OrbisEnergy offshore renewables hub based in Lowestoft is bidding to host a UK-wide technology and innovation centre for the offshore wind, wave and tidal industries.

Ministers have committed more than �200million over the next four years to establish a network of at least six such centres across the country, led by the Technology Strategy Board.

The centres (TICs) are intended to allow businesses to access equipment and expertise to help them develop and commercialise new and emerging technology.

Orbis, which is owned by Suffolk County Council and supported by Waveney District Council, has already brought together a partnership of leading organisations from across the renewables sector, and sees a TIC as a logical next step.

John Balch, strategic director, said “As a specialist innovation and incubation hub, OrbisEnergy supports businesses across the value chain encouraging start-up and growth among technology and high-growth enterprises looking to commercialise products or services from R&D stage through to market-readiness and beyond.

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“The development of the TIC is a natural extension building on the strong position we have built so far.”

Following initial expressions of Interest, successful applicants will be invited in early October to form consortia to develop full business plans.

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The centres are expected to become operational in spring next year.

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