Offshore Wind Deployment Centre could help deliver £4 billion to UK economy

A GROUNDBREAKING UK Government report from group of renewable energy experts today said that the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) is a significant step in tackling a ‘critical failure’ in the offshore wind turbine supply market.

It concludes that test sites like the EOWDC scheme off the coast of Aberdeen could help deliver £4 billion in value to the UK economy (Chart 8, page 12). The Low Carbon Innovation Coordination Group’s Technology Innovation Needs Assessment (TINA) into Offshore Wind Power outlines what innovation and support is required to deliver both the enormous potential economic benefit of offshore wind and to drive down cost of production.

The EOWDC, backed by the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), Vattenfall and Technip proposes a facility for first run of production wind turbines to prove their capabilities to the European offshore wind market. It is a strategically important scheme for the offshore wind sector and will act as a global hub for offshore wind innovation.

EOWDC spokesperson David Rodger said: “The TINA report is a thorough assessment of the needs of the offshore wind sector in the United Kingdom and clearly identifies the urgent requirement for projects like EOWDC to unlock the full potential of offshore wind. The report finds that if sites like EOWDC are deployed it would help UK plc capture £4 billion of value to the UK economy. It also finds that offshore wind innovation can contribute to £45 billion* in cost reduction and that EOWDC will play a part in that. These are massive numbers and EOWDC can help deliver them and make the north east, Scotland and the UK world leaders in offshore wind.”

The TINA report states: “ Accelerating the achievement of high yield and reliable turbines requires a scale up of testing on existing and/or new sites and site consenting to enable testing of innovative designs. The new test sites and associated infrastructure that are already being planned by Narec and AREG are a significant step in this direction.” Box page 14*.

The TINA report can be found at the following site: http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/funding-support/fund-opportunities/4467-tina-offshore-wind-summary.pdf.