Energy giants team up to cut offshore wind costs

Eight major energy companies have teamed up in a bid to improve performance in operating and maintaining offshore wind farms. E.ON, EDF Energy Renewables, Centrica, SSE, ScottishPower Renewables, DONG Energy, […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Eight major energy companies have teamed up in a bid to improve performance in operating and maintaining offshore wind farms.

E.ON, EDF Energy Renewables, Centrica, SSE, ScottishPower Renewables, DONG Energy, Vatenfall and RWE have joined the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult to find areas where they can collaborate and share knowledge to ultimately drive down industry costs.

These include blade erosion and cable damage, both of which are issues that have affected most offshore operations in UK waters.

Chris Hill, the ORE Catapult’s Innovation Programmes Director said: “If we are going to capitalise on the economic opportunity presented by a strong offshore supply chain, then we need to develop a collective view on what the key technology challenges are and where the industry should be focusing its combined efforts on developing innovative solutions to drive cost reductions.”