London, UK [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) this week announced that it has allocated an £18.5 million grant to fund an offshore wind test site at Narec in Blyth, Northumberland.
“We very much welcome this funding award and the continued support we have received from Central Government and Regional Development Agency, One North East, which is creating a national hub in North East England for the development of offshore wind technologies,” said Andrew Mill, CEO of Narec. “Today’s announcement will enable Narec to progress with our plans to deliver a 100MW grid connected offshore demonstration platform, with the capacity to accommodate up to 20 large-scale prototypes.”
Narec said that the facility will enable manufacturers and wind farm developers to identify best practice approaches across the supply chain for the development, deployment and O&M of new turbine technologies, which will be most pertinent to the Crown Estate Round 3 Programme.
“We are delighted the Government has chosen to support this groundbreaking project,” said Ian Williams, director of Business and Industry at One North East. “Narec is supporting the Agency and our many partners to attract global companies to our region and this further investment develops further our comprehensive innovation and test offer for the global offshore wind industry.”