This will enable partners and other organisations to invest in innovation-led regional growth, and build on established local research strengths and industry collaborations to generate economic impact and high-value jobs.
The programme - Suffolk and Norfolk Research and Innovation on the Sustainable Energy Coast, or ‘SuNRISE Coast’ for short - will further enhance East Anglia as a clean energy powerhouse for the UK and promote economic and environmental sustainability.
The programme will address important issues of environmental sustainability and diversity and explore new opportunities for improving the health of the Southern North Sea (SNS). The five-year SuNRISE Coast programme is designed to address key industry, business and environmental challenges, enabling research and development of novel solutions and generating commercial opportunity to drive clean growth in the region.
There are three interlinked themes to the programme, listed below, which build on the strengths of the partners and will involve input from a wide variety of organisations throughout the region. You can read more about the SuNRISE Coast programme and what you can do to join in through our brochure.
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Digital energy coast
Integration across the Southern North Sea and its coast
- Significantly enhance data acquisition and analytics, mapping existing sensor networks, observation and monitoring devices and aggregating datasets to create an ’SNS Data Observatory’ combining met-ocean, wind/wave/weather, bird/fish/mammal, air/water quality data.
- Improve access to data and work with researchers to inform future modelling, forecasting, development applications and improved logistics and supply chain operations.
- Pioneer development of ‘e-Lighthouses’ to support auto-navigation of autonomous drones (terrestrial, aerial, and subsea) working in the SNS.
Marine biodiversity net gain
Sustainable multi-use of the Southern North Sea
- Enhancing our understanding of the current and future relationships between energy and marine biodiversity and ecology, and coastal processes, allowing for co-ordinated environmental risk management.
- New sustainable business opportunities in ‘aqua-tech’, will create new jobs delivering new and integrated seafood production options.
- With industry we will develop and pilot new multi-use scenarios such as:
- the application of seaweed, seagrass, and shellfish farming with offshore wind
- innovative approaches to coastal resilience
- enable options for greater ‘co-existence’, and opportunities to use ‘bio-fouling’ as a part of the natural foodchain
- explore the potential benefits of artificial reefs for marine protection to create safe ‘biodiversity havens’ and ‘fish nurseries’.
Future clean energy tech
Catalysing future sustainable energy technologies and infrastructure
- Developing novel energy solutions for East Anglia and its coast, leveraging wider offshore renewable energy and low carbon innovation relevant to local industry needs. Driving the energy transition through an integrated approach to the Southern North Sea
- Priorities include greater alignment and a ‘whole systems’ approach to infrastructure, including:
- Coastal grid network(s) for connectivity and energy storage (batteries/hydrogen), enabling testing and demonstration of new technologies e.g. next generation offshore wind components or operations, gas2wire, floating solar, or embedding circular economy through recommissioning of redundant assets (e.g. pipelines)
- Seawater desalination, and hydrogen production offering significant potential for large scale wind, existing natural gas subsea infrastructure, and new nuclear to combine for sustainable energy production delivering power, heat, and clean water.