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Innovation competition to reduce the ecological impact.

Innovation Competition

Improving the ecosystem impact of offshore windfarms

RWE is one of the world's leading offshore wind companies, working with partners to deliver a globally ambitious growth pipeline in support of our ambition to be carbon neutral by 2040. As a market leader, we are dedicated to exploring and supporting innovative solutions that can accelerate the pace of deploying offshore wind, and are keen to explore specific research issues and pilot projects with companies, start-ups and individuals around the world.

RWE was seeking innovative solutions to reduce the ecological impact of offshore wind farms below and/ or above water. Therefore, RWE launched an innovation competition for ecology: The innovations should support in reducing negative effects on species or improve the ecosystem and enhance biodiversity in the offshore wind farm.

Next steps after the application:

We will thoroughly review and assess all innovations on a case-by-case basis. If your idea is considered promising and is shortlisted by our RWE selection team, you will be invited in January to participate in a workshop at one of our offices in Germany, the Netherlands or UK with us. You will be asked to present your idea in full and propose how it can be implemented at future offshore wind farms. After a final selection process, we will align on the details of the collaboration with the innovator(s) to reach commercial readiness. This may include further validation campaigns or full scale trials, also supported by RWE investment.

Sven Utermöhlen | Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Offshore Wind
“As one of the world's leading renewable energy companies, RWE is driving the pursuit of innovation within offshore wind, to accelerate the pace of deployment in support of achieving net zero. In support of this, we have launched an innovation competition to establish exciting collaborations with imaginative people and businesses, alongside our own expertise. This will provide a unique opportunity to bring the winning ideas to life and make a real difference.”

Sven Utermöhlen, CEO Wind Offshore of RWE Renewables

Why you should apply:

  • We will put you in contact with some of the world's top engineers and specialists in the field of offshore wind to work with you and help to further develop your idea.
  • We have a worldwide offshore wind development project pipeline of almost 10 GW (pro rata) with secured development rights. You will be introduced to RWE's worldwide development portfolio.
  • We can offer a live test site in an operational environment to trial and validate your innovative idea and scale your concept with us for future application.
  • We will include the selected innovations in RWE’s overall innovation program. 

Join the competition:

We invited you to propose a solution which you believe can help us to put biodiversity first, and can be implemented in one of our current offshore wind development projects. This solution should be long-term sustainable. It should have a zero-carbon carbon-footprint, cause no harm to the environment, and fit within the concept of circularity. In addition to this, your idea or solution should have the potential to reach a Technology Readiness Level of 7 (system prototype demonstration in operational environment) or higher within the next 5 years. You were asked to provide RWE with a solution that meets the above requirements. Your submission are treated fully confidential and are not shared with other participants in the competition.

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