Glasgow-based turbine blade research hub seeks UK university partner

Wind turbine blade test centre
Wind turbine blade test centre

The Glasgow-based Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC) would like to meet a British university to share common interests in offshore wind turbine blades to improve performance

The technology innovation and research centre is establishing a Wind Blade Research Hub, aimed at building a stronger, complementary offering of academic research, innovation, demonstration and representative testing for the offshore renewable energy sector.

It is seeking submissions from universities interested in joining the Hub, which will help shape the quango’s future wind blade research and development plan.

A spokesman said: “With important challenges ahead in blade design, materials, manufacturing, ancillary systems and sensors, this is an exciting time for blades research, with significant opportunities for product-driven research. 

“By pooling existing academic and industry skills and resources, we are better able to respond to industry’s needs, driving forward vital research and helping to leverage further competitive research & development funding and revenue.”

OREC  was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is one of seven such catapults set up by Innovate UK in high growth industries

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