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Wirral plans renewable energy innovation centre

A national innovation centre for renewable energy could be developed in Wirral, if funding is approved.

Mersey Maritime has made an application to the government’s £200m technology and innovation programme to develop the centre in Birkenhead.

If successful, it would act as a “national hub for offshore renewable energy”, Wirral council said.

It would enable academics, researchers and major companies to work together on research.

Companies involved include Peel Energy and Cammell Laird.

Councillor Phil Davies, Wirral Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and planning strategy, said the plan could lead to many new jobs in the region.

He added: “Offshore renewable energy is a rapidly growing multi-billion pound global industry which includes technologies for offshore wind, wave and tidal power.

“We are uniquely placed in Wirral because of our geography and existing skills to develop these industries and drive the development of innovative science and technology that can be used by UK companies to gain a share of this growing market.”

The council said Birkenhead was “an ideal location” for a national centre due to Merseyside’s maritime heritage and infrastructure.