The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the Crown Estate have announced that they will work together on programmes aimed at increasing the momentum of driving down costs of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.
A three-year Memorandum of Understanding agreed between the two organisations – which will also help to create up to 100 new Scots energy jobs in Glasgow – specifically identifies five areas for collaboration:
- Identification of the enabling technologies to deliver affordable offshore renewable energy.
- A framework for collection of performance and reliability data from offshore wind turbines.
- A framework for establishing best practise in offshore transmission issues.
- A reliability certification system for offshore wind turbines, and
- Leadership and steering to the Deep Water Foundations Working Group.
In addition, the two organisations will work in close collaboration with the wider offshore renewables industry to deliver uniform standards and overall performance improvement from offshore wind, wave and tidal energy generation.
The Offshore Renewable Catapult is one of seven Catapult centres established by the Technology Strategy Board, with over £1 billion of public and private sector investment expected over the next five years. The Catapults bridge the gap between business, academia, research and government to promote and nurture technology innovation.
Based in Glasgow, the ORE Catapult will employ over 100 expert and support staff when it is fully operational and in Spring 2014 the Catapult will move into its permanent home in the new International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone (ITREZ) adjacent to Strathclyde University.
Martin Simpson, Head of Energy and Technology at the Crown Estate, said, “As managers of the seabed to a 12-mile distance off the UK coast and as the rights-holder for the Renewable Energy Zone, we are committed to playing a key role in the development of offshore wind, wave and tidal stream energy industries in the UK.
“Under this agreement, we will work closely with the ORE Catapult to facilitate collaboration across the entire industry to drive down the cost of generating electricity from renewable technologies offshore”.
Andrew Jamieson, Chief Executive, ORE Catapult, said, “Working in close collaboration with organisations like the Crown Estate will enable us to step up the momentum for the UK to realise not just necessary cost reductions but also significant economic, social and environmental benefits to the UK.”
Detailed programme plans will now be developed by the two organisations in each of the five areas outlined above, working with utilities, manufacturers, operators, supply chain and smaller, innovative companies to deliver the economic, industrial, social and environmental potential of offshore renewable energy.