UK Energy Department Awards Grants to Clipper, Siemens for Offshore Wind Technology

The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change has awarded grants to Clipper Windpower and Siemens to develop wind turbine technology under its Low Carbon Energy Demonstration scheme.

Clipper Windpower was awarded a £4.4 million [US $7.3 million] grant towards costs associated with the development of blades for the “Britannia Project”, a 10-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine prototype under development by Clipper which is scheduled for deployment in late 2011.

Artemis Intelligent Power was awarded £1 million to transfer their existing technology from automotive to wind energy, while Siemens Wind Power UK received £1.1 million to develop the next generation power convertors for their larger offshore turbine.

As a result of their award Clipper will start work on a plant in the North East of England where blades for their giant turbines will be developed. Once constructed, each blade will be more than 70 metres long and weigh over 30 tonnes.

The blades are part of the turbines that will stand at 175 meters tall. The plant will initially employ 60 people by the end of next year.

The grants are awarded under phase one of the Low Carbon Energy Demonstration capital grants scheme. Vestas Technology UK Ltd was the first company to receive an award under the scheme last month. The total amount awarded under phase one is £10m.

This article was reprinted with permission from Power Engineering as part of the PennWell Corporation Renewable Energy World Network and may not be reproduced without express written permission from the publisher.

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