A UK wide consortium has been selected to run the Glasgow-based £50 million Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.
The UK Government announced the winning consortium which, will be headquartered at Glasgow’s new International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone (ITREZ).
The consortium consists of Ocean Energy Innovation, Carbon Trust and the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec).
The Catapult will focus on focus on technologies applicable to offshore wind, tidal and wave power, acting as a hub for knowledge transfer and fostering the innovation need to emphasise the UK’s renewable energy credentials.
As a partner in Ocean Energy Innovation, Scottish Enterprise has been heavily involved in the winning consortium’s bid for the £10 million annual funding provided by the Technology Strategy Board.
Dr Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, said: “Confirmation that Ocean Energy Innovation’s collaborative bid with Narec and the Carbon Trust has been successful is excellent news for the UK’s offshore renewable energy sector.”
“This new Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult comes at a critical time in the evolution of this exciting new industry and will bring together the very best of the public and private sectors to work in partnership to further develop a globally competitive renewable energy business environment that builds on the UK’s academia, industry excellence and existing competitive advantage.”
“Work to establish the HQ at the International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone in Glasgow is already underway to ensure the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is up and running as quickly as possible to help accelerate progress in the wind, wave and tidal sectors.”
The Ocean Energy Innovation partnership includes Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, SSE, Scottish Power Renewables, Energy Technology Partnership, Advanced Manufacturing Institute (Sheffield), Scottish European Green Energy Centre, European Marine Energy Centre and Scottish Renewables.
ITREZ is Scotland’s global research hub for renewable energy and will be located in the centre of Glasgow.