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Energi Coast launches new offshore wind innovation group

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Energi Coast, North East England’s Offshore Wind Cluster, is launching a new Innovation Group, which aims to develop long term solutions to meet the requirements for new technology in offshore wind.

The Innovation Group, led by Simon Hogg, Ørsted Professor in Renewable Energy and Head of the Department of Engineering at Durham University, will launch on 23rd September and be made up of key representatives from the offshore wind sector, regional universities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and industry.

It is also supported by representatives from Dogger Bank Wind Farm developers Equinor and SSE Renewables, and Sofia Offshore Wind Farm developer, RWE Renewables.

The Group has been established to progress major innovation opportunities for the region’s offshore wind industry in areas such as operations and maintenance and energy storage.

It also forms part of the Energi Coast cluster’s commitment to support the Government’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal that set out to drive the transformation of UK offshore wind generation, making it an integral part of a low-cost, low-carbon, flexible grid system and boost the productivity and competitiveness of the UK supply chain.

The Deal is built on the foundations of the Government’s Industrial Strategy – Ideas, People, Infrastructure, Business Environment and Places.

The Innovation Group’s activities will align closely with the Sector Deal’s Ideas category, supporting North East England’s Offshore Wind Cluster to bring new technology and innovation to market.

“The Offshore Wind Sector Deal is a fantastic opportunity for North East England. Durham University is delighted to lead the Innovation Group for Energi Coast, which will bring together research and development experts from academia, industry and the local authorities within our Region. The Group will help to identify and develop opportunities to deliver innovation that will maximise the economic benefit from Offshore Wind to North East England over the next decade and beyond 2030.”

Professor Simon Hogg.

A member of the group which is at the heart of innovation and supporting the industry’s development of new solutions, is the Offshore Renewables Catapult (ORE) Catapult, which has a base in Blyth, North East England.

The Innovation Group will launch with a virtual event to introduce the group, its objectives and future plans. The event will also showcase examples of innovation from Universities across the region which are helping to grow the offshore wind sector and make it increasingly efficient and cost-effective.

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