Vattenfall and ORE Catapult increase supply chain development support

Swedish energy group Vattenfall and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the UK innovation and research centre, is giving innovators in the offshore wind supply chain the opportunity to test and demonstrate technologies in real-world conditions at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), off Aberdeen in a new £1.5m joint programme.

The programme is seeking innovators to bring forward technologies to solve some of the current operations and maintenance challenges facing the industry in areas such as blade repair and leading-edge erosion, robotics and autonomous systems and remote array cable monitoring and inspection.

The programme deepens the collaboration announced between Vattenfall and ORE Catapult in June 2018, to support innovation deployment at the EOWDC.

The £300m, 93.2MW EOWDC is an offshore wind test and demonstration facility that is home to 11 of the world’s most powerful and innovative wind turbines. Annually it will prevent on average 134,000 tonnes of CO2 every year and meet the power needs of 80,000 UK households, 70 per cent of the City of Aberdeen.

Vattenfall has also announced that e company has won the tender to build and operate the Hollandse Kust 3 & 4 offshore wind farms in the Dutch North Sea in the completion led by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

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