The UK could benefit by as much as £220 million from collaborating on innovative offshore wind opportunities with China.
The UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, China’s Tus-Wind and TusPark Newcastle have agreed to work together to establish a UK-China technology growth accelerator.
This aims to advance offshore wind technology, boost innovation amongst UK small and medium-sized businesses and expand deployment in the Chinese offshore wind market.
The groups will collaborate on the development of the Tus Offshore Wind Science Park and 500MW demonstrator in Shandong Province, incorporating between 10-15% content and expertise from the UK.
In the future the countries plan to create joint applied research projects with high potential companies and leading academic institutions.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Chief Executive, Professor Philip Nelson, said: “The UK and China have already made great strides in the development of offshore wind technologies and this agreement will allow researchers from both countries to further maximise the impact of new approaches that will deliver both an efficient energy source and environmental benefits.”