28th February 2012
The ETI is a founding member of the Low Carbon Innovation Co-ordination Group, which launched the Technology Innovation Needs Assessment Offshore Wind Power Summary Report today.Andrew Haslett, Director of Strategy, ETI, said: "The ETI is delighted to be a founding member of the Low Carbon Innovation Co-ordination Group (LCICG), which is behind the launch of today’s Technology Innovation Needs Assessment (TINA) report on Offshore Wind Power. Our modelling – the Energy Systems Modelling Environment (ESME) - points to offshore renewables as being one of the top five issues for the UK power sector in getting the country to 2050. This report provides the context for the ETI’s focus on achieving significant cost reductions and enhanced reliability for offshore wind. Therefore, as a founding member of the LCICG, we believe it is appropriate that the first report to be published by LCICG is on offshore renewable."
Technology Innovation Needs Assessments (TINAs)
The TINAs aim to identify and value the key innovation needs of specific low carbon technology families to inform the prioritisation of public sector investment in low carbon innovation.
The TINA for each low carbon technology:
• Analyses the potential role of the technology in the UK’s energy system
• Estimates the value to the UK from cutting the costs of the technology through innovation
• Estimates the value to the UK of the green growth opportunity from exports
• Assesses the case for UK public sector intervention in innovation
• Identifies the potential innovation priorities to deliver the greatest benefit to the UK
The TINAs apply a consistent methodology across a diverse range of technologies, and a comparison of relative values across the different TINAs is as important as the examination of absolute values within each TINA.
In addition to Offshore Wind the following technology sectors are being assessed using the TINA methodology; Marine, Domestic Buildings, Non-Domestic Buildings, Heat, Bioenergy, Electricity Networks and Storage, Carbon Capture and Storage and Nuclear Fission. Summary Reports for these TINAs will be published over the next few months.
Beyond innovation there are other barriers and opportunities in planning, the supply chain, related infrastructure and finance. These are not explicitly considered in the TINA’s conclusion since they are the focus of other Government initiatives, in particular those from DECC and from BIS.
The TINAs are a collaborative effort of the Low Carbon Innovation Co-ordination Group (LCICG), which is the coordination vehicle for the UK’s major public-sector backed funding and delivery bodies in the area of ‘low carbon innovation’. Its core members (at the time of this document’s completion) were the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), the Technology Strategy Board, and the Carbon Trust.
The TINA analytical framework was developed and implemented by the Carbon Trust with contributions from all core LCICG members as well as input from numerous other expert individuals and organisations.
Offshore Wind Power TINA.
This document summarises the Offshore Wind Power TINA analysis and draws on a much more detailed TINA analysis pack which will be published separately.
The TINA concludes that:
• Offshore wind power has tremendous potential to replace aging power plant, reduce reliance on imported gas, and meet GHG emissions and renewable energy targets
• Innovation is critical to enabling the deployment and cutting the cost of offshore wind power, with an estimated saving to the energy system of £18-89bn to 2050
• Innovation can also help create UK based business opportunities that could contribute an estimated £7-35bn to GDP to 2050
• Significant private sector investment in innovation, catalysed by public sector support where there are market failures, is needed to unlock these opportunities
Disclaimer – the TINAs provide an independent analysis of innovation needs and a comparison between technologies. The TINAs’ scenarios and associated values provide a framework to inform that analysis and those comparisons. The values are not predictions or targets and are not intended to describe or replace the published policies of any LCICG members. Any statements in the TINA do not necessarily represent the policies of LCICG members (or the UK Government).
To view the report - click here TINA Offshore Wind Summary Report 2012