Email News September 2020


Welcome to the September 2020 Email Newsletter from Marine South East

If you would like to submit an article for consideration please email the text and a suitable image or logo to sj@mseuk.org


Posted 2020-08-06 08:29:47


Innovative battery delivered to Portsmouth International Port as part of PESO decarbonisation project

A 20-foot container sized battery that can charge four electric cars simultaneously has been safely delivered to Portsmouth International Port this week as part of the Port Energy Systems Optimisation (PESO) project.

The PESO project is being led by Marine South East and supported by the port alongside Swanbarton and Energy Systems Catapult, the scheme will demonstrate how a port can operate as a smart energy network.

The port already has significant energy generating capabilities from solar panels across the site, so the ability to store electricity and then use later at times of higher demand means that clean energy can be used much more efficiently.

It can also be used by the wider electricity grid to help smooth demand at peak times, or provide power for electric vehicle charging.

The new GS Yuasa dual chemical energy storage system comes in the form of a weatherproof shelter that will be able to supply 100kW of power. In real world terms, this means four mid-range electric cars could be charged at the same time using energy stored in the battery.

It uses lithium-ion technology as well as standard lead acid Yuasa ENL battery technology. These batteries are manufactured at GS Yuasa's Ebbw Vale factory in Wales where final assembly and integration of the entire system takes place. The system's lithium batteries come from Japan.

The funding to develop and build the prototype system is coming from Innovate-UK's 'Prospering from the Energy Revolution' fund. The system is due to come into operation in early 2021.

Mike Sellers, port director at Portsmouth International Port said: "I'm delighted that this important milestone has been reached. This initiative has the potential to have significant benefits for the port, and could also provide a solution to smart energy use that can be shared with the wider port industry.

"This innovative project demonstrates our ambition to be one of the UK's first zero-emission ports. Being at forefront of research into sustainable energy projects like this will help us reach that target."

Dr Jonathan Williams, CEO of Marine South East, 'The decarbonising of our ports and shipping sector presents enormous challenges requiring innovative energy systems. MSE is delighted to be leading the PESO consortium to explore the role of port batteries in this energy transition.'

Anthony Price, Managing Director of Swanbarton added, "Making electricity storage work is an important part of the route to zero emissions, and we are looking forward to integrating Swanbarton's innovative storage management controller with Yuasa's new dual battery system to demonstrate both energy and cost savings."

Liam Lidstone, Business Leader Infrastructure & Engineering at Energy Systems Catapult said "The Catapult see the decarbonisation of ports as a key part of the UK's route to net-zero. We are delighted to be a partner in this project and are looking forward to sharing valuable insight for ports in the UK and beyond."

For more information please visit:

https://www.marinesoutheast.co.uk/ongoing_projects/?link=collection.php&id=429


Posted 2020-08-19 09:00:41


MSE looking for South Africa Maritime Sector Consultant

MSE is seeking to appoint a consultant who can help with implementation of a new project, Space2Waves, starting on 1st September 2020.

The project aims to identify growth opportunities in maritime applications of satellite technologies and services, targeting four export markets including South Africa.

The consultant is required to identify major South African institutions and programmes in satellite applications as well as key policies and organisations driving marine sector growth.

He or she will also assist organising a business mission in South Africa to meet these key organisations in 2021. The consultant will need extensive contacts in South Africa, and good maritime sector experience.

To express interest in this post, and to get further details, please contact Jonathan Williams at jw@mseuk.org


Posted 2020-08-28 13:26:21


Government funded programme for leaders of SMEs to thrive and survive

The University of Portsmouth is working with the Small Business Charter to deliver a specialised government funded programme for leaders of small businesses to survive and thrive in the coming months and post coronavirus.

The short and focused Small Business Leadership Programme programme is free and will be delivered online through a structured course of eight 90-minute webinars over the course of 10 weeks.

It will provide the knowledge needed for businesses to tackle crisis situations and give them the opportunity to strengthen their business network. Participants will develop strategic leadership skills and the confidence to make informed decisions to boost business performance.

The Small Business Leadership Programme supports senior leaders to enhance their business's resilience and recovery from the impact of COVID-19. It helps small and medium-sized businesses to develop their potential for future growth and productivity.

The Small Business Leadership Programme is being delivered by a consortium of business schools accredited by the Small Business Charter (SBC), and supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

For more information and to register your interest please visit:

http://smallbusinesscharter.org/small-business-leadership-programme/


Posted 2020-08-20 14:24:16


Greentech South new funding opportunities for SMEs

In collaboration with the University of Portsmouth and the University of Winchester, Greentech South is working on two European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) projects called EMphasis3 CO2 Reductions (EMphasis3) and Low Carbon Solent (LCS). Both projects aim to support Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in reducing CO2 emissions and facilitating the move towards a zero carbon economy.

The Low Carbon Solent ERDF project enables SMEs to:

* Access postgraduate student projects
* Innovation support and networking events
* R&D innovation grants for low carbon projects, funded at 36%

The EMphasis3 ERDF project gives SMEs access to:

* Energy efficiency grants, funded at 36%
* Research and innovation support and grants for low carbon projects, funded at 36%
* Free energy efficiency audits for your business

If you are interested in receiving support through either of these ERDF projects, SMEs are asked to complete an Expression of Interest form at

http://www.greentechsouth.com/business-support

or contact Greentech South at info@greentechsouth.com


Posted 2020-08-20 12:11:20


Solent LEP Isle of Wight Rural Business Resilience Fund re-opens

Following the success of the LEPs Isle of Wight Rural Business Resilience Fund, Solent LEP have re-opened the Isle of Wight Rural Fund.

Designed to benefit the Island's rural economy, businesses can now apply for a share of the funding, which is managed by Natural Enterprise on behalf of the LEP, and grants are available to rural small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of between 2,500 and 50,000, representing up to 50 percent of the total project costs.

If your business is based on the Isle of Wight, has the potential to grow or to safeguard jobs, you may be able to benefit from the fund.

Find out more at the following link:

http://www.naturalenterprise.co.uk/pages/economic/110-the-isle-of-wight-sme-fund


Posted 2020-08-18 11:23:59


Update on MarLEM (Maritime Logistics Engineering adn Management) Project

The Blue Economy has the potential to deliver growth and jobs in the coming years, but to achieve it an adequate supply of blue skills is vital.

The European Commission's Annual Growth Survey has identified a growing skills gap affecting particular knowledge-intensive sectors and has highlighted the importance for education and industry to work together to resolve this.

To assist with this the European Commission has established a Blue Careers program and through it is funding the MarLEM (Maritime and Logistics Engineering and Management) project https://grupoqualiseg.com/marlem .

The project's objective is to develop a Joint Masters course in Maritime and Logistics Engineering and Management meeting the sector's needs and to have the potential to be adopted for use by European Maritime Universities.

To achieve this the project partners are launching a co-operation network to converse with members of Academia, Industry and Authorities throughout Europe.

If you would like to know more about the project or to participate in the 'Knowledge Triangle' please contact David Rea (Marine South East) dr@mseuk.org

MarLEM is co-financed by the European Union European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.


Posted 2020-08-28 15:17:09


Innovate UK Smart Grants next round now open

The next round of the Innovate UK SMART grants opened on Friday 28th August.

SMART grants are open to a wide variety of innovations with the potential to be game-changing in their industry.

Innovate UK Smart grants offer funding that can help turn game-changing ideas into commercial success. They are for new products or services with high potential for commercialisation.

A new video explaining the Smart Grant process can be accessed at the following link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kMXVOZFkDU&feature=youtu.be


Posted 2020-08-20 14:38:35


Support for UK Drone Startups

Free business support and research grants are open for applications from start-ups innovating in drones or other autonomous systems.

The Westcott Business Incubation Centre (BIC) is part of the Space Cluster on the Westcott Venture Park near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The BIC is run by the Satellite Applications Catapult, a technology and innovation company working to grow the UK space sector by supporting innovation and commercialisation of new ideas.

Applications for support are welcome from new UK businesses working in the areas of 5G communications, space propulsion, or drones/autonomous systems and include free workspace at the BIC, opportunities for 1:1 meetings with business and technical experts, tailored support packages, investor pitch training, and introductions to relevant networks. In addition, businesses can apply for 5,000 ERDF research grants.

To find out more about the opportunity and to apply, visit the BIC website https://wbic.org.uk/


Posted 2020-08-11 10:24:41


Offshore Wind Growth Partnership announces £2m support package for UK supply chain

The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) has launched a new 2m package of funding and business support activities for the UK offshore wind supply chain.

The package includes two new funding calls totalling 600k, as well as intensive business transformation support activities through the 1.5m Sharing in Growth Programme.

For more information please visit https://owgp.org.uk/


Posted 2020-08-06 08:35:09


Knowledge Transfer Network launched new identity and 5 year strategy

Innovation is critical to solving the challenges facing business and society. The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) exists to create the connections and collaborations that accelerate innovative ideas into real-world solutions.

Working in collaboration with businesses and others across their diverse network, KTN are committed to driving not only economic, but also societal and environmental change through innovation.

The world is facing some huge challenges; climate change, Covid-19, access to healthcare, trade and investment, the future of global finance and online security - to name a few. Each of these challenges presents opportunities for innovation and the UK, working collaboratively between research, business, policy and investment, is well-placed to combat these locally, nationally and globally.

To find out more, visit the new website at:

https://ktn-uk.org/news/ktn-unveils-its-ambitious-five-year-strategy/

or join the conversation online at #connecting4change.


Posted 2020-08-18 11:31:30


SeaBioComp Masterclass on large-scale 3D-printing of Biopolymers, 10th September 2020, webinar

The SeaBioComp Eurpopean project is inviting interested businesses to join the SeaBioComp Masterclass on large-scale 3D printing of biopolymers which will take place online on Thursday 10th September 2020.

This online masterclass will look at the adaptations required to enable the 3D printing machine to process biopolymers which was undertaken by Poly Products as part of the SeaBioComp Interreg project.

In addition the masterclass will show examples of bio-composite vertical fender profiles for the berthing and guiding of ships that have been produced on the large-scale 3D printing machine.

The programme for the event is as follows:

* 10.30 (CET) Introduction to the SeaBioComp project; Dr Gertjan Vancoillie, Centexbel

* 10.45 Masterclass on large-scale 3D printing of biopolymers; Dr Albert ten Busschen, Poly Products

* 11.30 Questions, answers and discussion

* 12.00 Close of event

There will be a maximum of 15 places for this Masterclass so please book early to reserve your place by emailing sj@mseuk.org with your name, organisation and email address.

Presentations and discussions will be English and webinar links will be sent prior to the 10th September.

To find out more about the SeaBioComp project please visit:

http://www.seabiocomp.eu/
Presentations and discussions will be English and webinar links will be sent prior to the 10th September.


Posted 2020-08-10 10:57:57


SETsquared Scale-up Innovation Workshop, 14th, 15th and 16th September 2020, Online

These Innovation Workout workshops are designed to get your business fit for innovation and growth. Fully-funded by the ERDF and therefore free for you to take part, it's designed for growing digital, sustainable, advanced engineering and health focused businesses.

These fast-paced, interactive, dynamic workshops are designed for businesses who have a digital element to their products and services.

Get your business fit for innovation and growth, with this online, interactive workshop. Fully-funded by the ERDF and therefore free for you to take part, it's designed for growing digital, sustainable, advanced engineering and health focused businesses.

For more information and registration details please visit:

https://www.setsquared.co.uk/programme/innovationworkout


Posted 2020-08-20 14:32:32


Webinar on Smart Grids and Island Energy Business Opportunities , 17th September 2020, online

Marine South East will be presenting at this online event to discuss the business opportunities for smart grid technologies with particular reference to isolated and island communities including port areas.

Smart grids are being developed on land, and are increasingly looking at how to incorporate marine renewable energy into the mix. Some examples of these are the Smart Energy Islands project involving the Isles of Scilly, and the ICE project focussing on Ushant and port communities.

Marine South East is collaborating with Marine-i and the EU funded ICE Project to host this webinar.

The first in a series of webinar will take place on Thursday 17th September 2020, 10am-12pm online.

Topics being discussed at this event include:

* Market opportunities for smart grid technology developers and providers
* Specific opportunities in isolated communities, ports and harbours and other geographically isolated scenarios
* Opportunities to create smart grids incorporating marine energy
* Marine-i and ICE opportunities for research assistance

To register your interest in attending this event please book now at the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/webinar-on-smart-grids-and-island-energy-business-opportunities-tickets-116088522897

In addition, there will be the opportunity to make introductions between potential supply chain businesses and academics, encouraging collaboration and networking, and to inform you about the support offers available through both the Marine-i project and ICE and how you can access them

Please note this session will be recorded.

There is no cost to attend this event; it is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

There are eligibility criteria in order to receive direct support from the Marine-i programme. However, we welcome attendance from all interested stakeholders

The Intelligent Community Energy project (ICE) aims to design and implement innovative smart energy solutions for isolated territories in the Channel area. The Marine-i project aims to assist SME businesses in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly to develop innovative marine technology around the themes of low carbon, clean marine and coastal adaptation. There is some overlap between these programmes, and this webinar will explore the possibilities of collaboration between the two, to the best advantage of developing business opportunities for industry and the supply chain.


More information on speakers and topics will be sent prior to the event.


Posted 2020-07-31 12:06:10


Webinar on Business Opportunities for Marine Technologies and Smart Solutions for isolated territories including islands and ports, 1st October 2020, online

Marine South East will be presenting at this online event to discuss the business opportunities for smart grid technologies with particular reference to isolated and island communities including port areas.

Smart grids are being developed on land, and are increasingly looking at how to incorporate marine renewable energy into the mix. Some examples of these are the Smart Energy Islands project involving the Isles of Scilly, and the ICE project focussing on Ushant and port communities.

Marine South East is collaborating with Marine-i and the EU funded ICE Project to host this webinar.

The second in this series of webinars will take place on Thursday 1st October 2020, 10am-12pm online.

Topics being discussed in this webinar will include:

* Introduction to Marine-i smart grid support
* Introduction to ICE (Intelligent Community Energy) project
* Introduction to TIGER smart grid projects including current projects, progress, opportunities for commercialisation
* Opportunities for suppliers in the marine Smart Grid market including case studies
* Q and A panel

To register your interest in attending this event please book now at the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/business-opportunities-for-marine-technologies-and-smart-solutions-tickets-116089241045

In addition, there will be the opportunity to make introductions between potential supply chain businesses and academics, encouraging collaboration and networking, and to inform you about the support offers available through both the Marine-i project and ICE and how you can access them.

Please note this session will be recorded.

There is no cost to attend this event; it is fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

There are eligibility criteria in order to receive direct support from the Marine-i programme. However, we welcome attendance from all interested stakeholders

The Intelligent Community Energy project (ICE) aims to design and implement innovative smart energy solutions for isolated territories in the Channel area. The Marine-i project aims to assist SME businesses in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly to develop innovative marine technology around the themes of low carbon, clean marine and coastal adaptation. There is some overlap between these programmes, and this webinar will explore the possibilities of collaboration between the two, to the best advantage of developing business opportunities for industry and the supply chain.

Both Marine-i and the ICE project are now seeking to engage with firms, especially SMEs, interested to exploit the potential of this growth market.

More information on speakers and topics will be sent prior to the event.


Posted 2020-07-31 13:15:07