More than 40 organisations will today join forces to set out a long-term vision for the deployment of offshore wind in the northern seas and the economic opportunities this presents.
These include leading manufacturers, developers, supply chain firms, researchers and industry bodies.
The new network, called norstec, was first announced by prime minister David Cameron at the Clean Energy Ministerial in April and brought together around 20 companies.
Today, with its ranks more than doubled and numbers continuing to grow, the network is holding its first full meeting in London centred around this vision and the role that norstec can play in maximising the potential of the northern seas’ abundant resources.
Mr Cameron said: “I continue to be strongly supportive of the UK offshore renewables sector and am delighted to see Norstec rising from the waves.
“As I said when I launched this network last April we are on the cusp of a second, clean energy revolution in the North Sea. Close collaboration between industry and government will be critical to making this happen.”
Norstec will communicate the scale of the opportunity and the benefits of clean energy in Europe’s northern seas to the public and the business and political spheres.
Signatories will collaborate and share information to ensure that the benefits offered by vast clean energy potential in the Northern Seas are fully realised.