Vattenfall and ORE Catapult team up to drive offshore wind innovation

The collaboration will help innovations to be tested at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Scotland

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Vattenfall and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have agreed to collaborate on cutting costs and improving safety in offshore wind operations.

The Swedish energy group and the technology innovation and research centre will work together to give innovators the opportunity to test and demonstrate new technology in real-world conditions at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in Scotland.

The firms will engage with innovators in the offshore wind supply chain and educational institutions to promote the testing and demonstration of new technologies.

The EOWDC, which is supported by the EU, recently completed the installation of 11 innovative wind turbines and foundations and is expected to become fully operational later this summer.

Chris Hill, ORE Catapult’s Operational Performance Director, said: “To meet the sector’s ambitious targets, innovation is going to be a key enabler.

“Facilitating technology demonstration opportunities is the next logical step for innovators in the de-risking process, going from the lab to testing, using facilities such as at the Catapult’s Levenmouth and Blyth sites or in the offshore operational environment at EOWDC.”

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