Developing and selling a demonstration or 0-series is a financial stumbling block for many SMEs in the offshore wind industry, due to the major investments involved. Regular funding instruments do not always suffice. Currently we are discussing a Subsidy Voucher with the Topsector Energy to enable entrepreneurs to further develop and sell high TRL products to a launching customer. A voucher should roughly amount between 2 tonnes and 2 million Euro per business.
The feedback from many entrepreneurs is that the gap between innovation development and innovation implementation is quite big. One way to pursuave potential customer to get engaged in early demonstration by receiving a financial trigger.
Offshore Wind Innovators will discuss with the relevant government bodies how this specific challenge (long development lead times, capital intensive market) could be solved by which appropriate subsidy grant.