UK and China join forces for offshore wind

A new £2m joint UK-China offshore wind research centre has opened in Yantai City. The TUS-ORE Catapult Research Centre (TORC) will act as a leading renewable energy technology research and development centre with unique links into both the UK and China to support the growth of their respective offshore wind industries.

The Centre will develop collaborative research programmes, support market entry and incubation for UK businesses in China, provide commercial support for Chinese offshore wind developers and support the demonstration of new technologies on a 300MW windfarm in the Shandong Province.

ORE Catapult’s chief executive, Andrew Jamieson, said, “With more than a decade of experience and expertise in this sector, and global exports expected to be worth £2.6bn a year by 2030 for UK companies, now is the time for innovative companies to act and establish themselves at the heart of the Chinese market.”

The UK is the global leader in offshore wind power, with more offshore wind farms than any other country. By 2030, it is expected that offshore wind will generate one-third of the UK’s total electricity requirements. China is predicted to become the world’s largest offshore wind market by 2030, with the Chinese Government investing $100bn in wind power projects by 2020 and aiming to install 5GW of offshore wind in the South China Sea, with a further 10GW in planning.

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