Agency sought to aid £50m renewable energy innovation drive

A government-backed body tasked with a £50m innovation drive across the offshore renewable energy sector is on the lookout for agency support.

Promoting wind farms: The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult
Promoting wind farms: The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is in the early stages of a tender for what is understood to be a reshaped brief currently held by The Big Partnership. 

The ORE Catapult is one of seven such government-backed 'catapults' aimed at driving innovation across a range of sectors, and focuses on the development of affordable energy from wind, wave and tide as the UK Government seeks to promote energy efficiency

The ORE Catapult received £50m (spread over five years) in Department for Business & Innovation funding when it launched last April.

The tender document, seen by PRWeek, states that the appointed agency will engage with national and international media as well as senior stakeholders from the UK Government, European and international industry, business and academia.

Supporting social media strategy, refining the body’s key messages and strategic advice on comms opportunities around key trends will also be required. 

This month energy minister Michael Fallon backed the development of offshore energy, stating that driving down costs around wind farms would "keep the UK’s place as the best country in the world for offshore wind".

A spokesman for the body said it had "worked extremely closely" with The Big Partnership, with the agency confirming to PRWeek that it was repitching for the brief.

The ORE Catapult is headquartered in Glasgow and merged with the National Renewable Energy Centre in April.

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