New York – The Offshore Wind Innovation Hub (OWIH) is open for business and has announced its first applications. The Brooklyn-based Hub was established in mid-2022 to identify and help grow promising start-ups to drive new innovations in the offshore wind industry. The three-year initiative is supported by partners Equinor and bp, which are developing the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind offshore wind projects, with the Urban Future Lab (UFL), NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium. together. NOWRDC) and supported by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).
Designed to facilitate testing opportunities, rapid commercialization and the development of strategic partnerships, startups will have access to co-working space and programming at the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub in Industry City. The accelerator program will allow selected cohort companies to begin a six-month intensive mentoring and business development program in June 2023.
“We are excited to launch an accelerator program with our esteemed partners in our Offshore Wind Innovation Hub to accelerate innovation in New York’s burgeoning offshore wind industry,” they said. Molly Morris, President, Equinor Wind US. “Demand for offshore wind is growing rapidly, and innovative ideas and technological advances are needed to help the industry grow in the U.S. and beyond.”
The first call for applications is aimed at finding innovative technologies and solutions that provide innovative technologies and solutions related to the development phase of offshore wind in New York. The application can be found here, and the deadline for submission is March 27, 2023.
The Offshore Wind Innovation Hub will also offer membership to stakeholders outside the accelerator program. Interested individuals can apply for access to partnering facilities at Industry City, community programming, as well as workshops and networking opportunities with industry peers. Applications to become a member of the community are open throughout the year.
“We’re looking for the best of New York. We know that innovation is in the DNA of New Yorkers. It is also at the heart of bp as we transform to reach net zero by 2050 or sooner and help the world get there too. At this incredible time of offshore wind growth in our country, we want to empower New York startups to lead the country.”
Dave Lawler, chairman and president of bp America
Lyndie Hice-Dunton, Executive Director, NOWRDC “We are delighted to be a part of this exciting partnership. The accelerator program is a unique opportunity to support innovative solutions for offshore wind in the US, as well as help create strategic partnerships within this growing industry. We look forward to it. to work with this distinguished group of leaders to achieve our mutual goal of accelerating offshore wind innovation.”
“Equinor’s Innovation Hub will tap into New York’s world-class entrepreneurial talent to develop cutting-edge technologies and accelerate progress in the offshore wind industry,” it said. NYCEDC Chief Operating Officer Melissa Roman Burch. “We are excited that the Hub will partner with Venture Access NYC, a NYCEDC initiative to create a more inclusive and representative tech startup ecosystem. Together with our industry and community partners, we are building the nation’s leading offshore wind ecosystem and a more inclusive future for New Yorkers.”
Doreen M. Harris, President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) “As we strengthen New York’s leadership in offshore wind, we must strengthen innovation in the end-to-end ecosystem, from concept to commercialization, that supports this game-changing industry. The launch of Equinor’s Offshore Wind Innovation Hub will create a strong network that will enable new cleantech businesses, investors and entrepreneurs to accelerate time to market for their technologies, overcome industry barriers and drive economic opportunities for all New Yorkers.
Pat Sapinsley, Executive Director of Cleantech Initiatives at the Urban Future Lab“Our plan will help build the offshore wind industry in New York State. Equinor and bp must rely on smaller players to provide innovative solutions to local problems such as permitting, data collection, modeling, etc. These companies will be in a unique position to work with Equinor to develop and implement the best solutions for the emerging US industry.”
Equinor is the operator on behalf of its 50-50 strategic partnership with bp. Together, the companies are developing the Beacon Wind and Empire Wind projects, which will supply New York City with 3.3 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy, enough to power nearly two million homes.
For more information, visit the OWIH website at www.offshorewindnyc.com.