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The cost of energy from offshore wind is reported to have dropped between 2011 and 2014 from 136 GBP/MWh to 121 GBP/MWh. Further cost reductions are required in order to meet the UK's cost of energy target for offshore wind of 100 GBP/MWh by 2020. 1 ...

Design contest notice

This contest is covered by: Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

The Carbon Trust
4th Floor, Dorset House, 27-45 Stamford Street
Contact point(s): Bob Dean
For the attention of: Please include ‘OWA Offshore Cable Condition Assessment Competition’ in the subject field of all emails
SE1 9NT London
United Kingdom

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Other: Body managing a project partly funded by government
1.3)Main activity
1.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities
The contracting authority/entity is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities: no

Section II: Object of the design contest/description of the project

II.1.1)Title attributed to the design contest/project by the contracting authority/entity:
Offshore Wind Accelerator Offshore Cable Condition Assessment Competition.
II.1.2)Short description:
The cost of energy from offshore wind is reported to have dropped between 2011 and 2014 from 136 GBP/MWh to 121 GBP/MWh. Further cost reductions are required in order to meet the UK's cost of energy target for offshore wind of 100 GBP/MWh by 2020. 1 potential way to reduce costs is to reduce the number of sub-sea cable failures.
Based on data obtained from 28 UK offshore wind insurance losses between 2002 and 2015 with a total value of 212 700 000 GBP, 68 % of the losses were cable faults which occurred predominately during the construction phase. Condition monitoring techniques which can be used during the installation process have the potential to reduce instances of such cable faults, if they can be used to monitor the cable condition and detect potential issues before they develop into failures. The challenge is to develop a cost effective, easy to connect and operate, robust and reliable system which can be used to monitor the condition of sub-sea cables throughout the cable installation phase. The Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has launched the OWA Cable Condition Assessment Competition to find and fund the development of innovative solutions to a specific challenge currently facing the offshore wind farm industry: how to monitor the condition of sub-sea cables to ensure that they are not damaged during the load out and installation process.
A technology gap currently exists in the offshore wind sector and this competition aims to address it by identifying and supporting the development of novel condition monitoring systems.
II.1.3)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Criteria for the selection of participants:
III.2)Information about a particular profession
Participation is reserved to a particular profession: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of contest
IV.2)Names of participants already selected
IV.3)Criteria to be applied in the evaluation of projects:
Monitoring capability (50 %)
- Evidence of bending detection in sub-sea cable within the required time and accuracy.
- Evidence of tension detection in sub-sea cables within the required time and accuracy.
- Evidence of motion/vibration detection in sub-sea cable.
Manufacturability, reliability and ease of deployment (30 %)
- Manufacturability: Extent of changes necessary to the sub-sea cable manufacturing to accommodate any internal sensors.
- Ease of deployment.
- System reliability and availability.
- System usability: Amount of training and supervision needed to operate the system.
- Technology readiness.
- Cost effectiveness.
- Track record.
Expected capital and operating costs (20 %).
The competition welcomes entries from all industries and from all over the world. Entrants do not have to be experts in power cables, offshore wind turbines or in the wind energy sector, to enter or to win.
Whatever the sector, this open competition is an opportunity to apply expertise to 1 of the most exciting and fastest growing markets today and in the future.
IV.4)Administrative information
IV.4.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority/entity:
IV.4.2)Conditions for obtaining contractual documents and additional documents
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 13.2.2017
Payable documents: no
IV.4.3)Time-limit for receipt of projects or requests to participate
Date: 13.2.2017
IV.4.4)Date of dispatch of invitations to participate to selected candidates
Date: 17.2.2017
IV.4.5)Language(s) in which projects or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.5)Rewards and jury
IV.5.1)Information about prize(s):
A prize/prizes will be awarded: yes
number and value of the prize(s) to be awarded: Funding of up to 60 000 GBP may be awarded to the successful submission.
IV.5.2)Details of payments to all participants
The OWA has not committed to any funding at this stage 1, which is purely a call for Expressions of Interests. Notification of funding (if any) will be given after stage 2 of this process (interviews and submission of full proposals) if, after stage 2, the OWA chooses to proceed to award funds towards the development of a winning design (or designs). Please note that this OJEU process is non-mandatory and any time-scales given are estimates.

Further details of the process can be found on the Carbon Trust's website:

IV.5.3)Follow-up contracts
Any service contract following the contest will be awarded to the winner or one of the winners of the contest: yes
IV.5.4)Decision of the jury
The decision of the jury is binding on the contracting authority/entity: no
IV.5.5)Names of the selected members of the jury

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:

Please find further details of the competition on the Carbon Trust's website:

VI.3)Procedures for appeal
VI.3.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures

The High Court
The Strand
WC2A 2LL London
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 2079476000
Internet address:

VI.3.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.3.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

The High Court
United Kingdom

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: