Aberdeen Bay innovation agreement to boost UK offshore wind-ustry supply chain

The European offshore wind farm test centre in Aberdeen Bay
The European offshore wind farm test centre in Aberdeen Bay

An alliance between two leading innovators in offshore wind power has been forged to help prove new technology at the European offshore wind development centre in Aberdeen Bay.

The EOWDC, supported by the EU with a €40 million grant, is an offshore wind test and demonstration facility. It recently completed the installation of 11 innovative wind turbines and foundations. It will be fully operational later this summer.

The move will strengthen the UK supply chain and underpin a competitive offshore wind industry.

Vattenfall and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult are to collaborate to give innovators the opportunity to test and demonstrate new technology in real-world operating conditions at the developers’ Aberdeen bay wind farm.

Gunnar Groebler, head of Vattenfall’s Business Area Wind, said: “Vattenfall has already delivered innovation-driven cost reduction in offshore wind with the deployment of game changing technology at the EOWDC.

“Now we want to continue that pioneering spirit, in collaboration with ORE Catapult, by demonstrating the potential of UK innovators’ ideas to reduce costs and improve safety at an operating wind farm. We do that, and we get to freedom from fossil fuel faster.”

An OREC spokesman added; “The EOWDC provides a unique opportunity for UK innovators to bring new technologies to market through testing in a controlled real-world environment.

“To meet the sector’s ambitious targets, innovation is going to be a key enabler. Facilitating technology demonstration opportunities is the next logical step for innovators in the de-risking process, going from the lab to testing, using facilities such as at the Catapult’s Levenmouth and Blyth sites, or in the offshore operational environment at EOWDC.”

Jean Morrison, chairman of Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, said: “North-east Scotland is emerging as an international centre of offshore wind innovation and this partnership provides an exciting opportunity for the industry to learn and take this knowledge forward to future projects.”

20 Jun 2018

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