UK’s global renewable exports on the up

UK wind, wave and tidal firms are exporting their products and services worldwide on a massive scale. That’s according to a new report from RenewableUK, which shows in 2016, a […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

UK wind, wave and tidal firms are exporting their products and services worldwide on a massive scale.

That’s according to a new report from RenewableUK, which shows in 2016, a sample of 36 UK firms signed more than 500 contracts to work on renewable energy projects across 43 countries.

These contracts each ranged in value from £50,000 up to £30 million.

The report said the range and scale of involvement indicates the UK is well placed to benefit from the global renewables market, which it estimates to be worth $290 billion (£226.3bn).

These companies include Glaswegian firm Gaia-Wind, which is exporting onshore wind turbines as far as Tonga and JDR Cables from Hartlepool, which manufactures subsea power cables for offshore wind farms in Germany.

Another company, Sustainable Marine Energy in Edinburgh, is making tidal turbine platforms to be used in Singapore.

The report also says the wave and tidal test centres off the coasts of Cornwall and Orkney have established themselves as the destinations of choice for global companies trialling full-scale devices in real sea conditions.

RenewableUK’s Executive Director Emma Pinchbeck said: “Our leadership in this $290bn (£226.3bn) renewables marketplace will be even more important as we leave the EU.

“We need to act swiftly to retain this competitive advantage or other nations will capitalise on the hard work our businesses have done to build opportunities.”

A British firm is also to supply California’s Energy Commission with its innovative waste-to-energy system.