Major boost for offshore wind industry

Five companies operating in the North of Tyne region have been selected to showcase their innovative technologies to offshore wind industry giants.

Thursday, 10th June 2021, 7:00 am
Five companies will showcase their innovative technologies to offshore wind industry giants.

The successful companies – Transmission Dynamics in Cramlington, Kinewell Energy in North Shields, SMD in Wallsend, Trident Dynamics and Unasys – will showcase their work to Equinor and EDF Renewables as part of the Technology, Innovation and Green Growth for Offshore Renewables (TIGGOR) programme.

They will receive a share of £1.7million in match funding made available through the first round of the TIGGOR programme’s technology demonstration strand, funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) as part of its wider Energy, Green Growth and Climate Change commitments.

NTCA has partnered with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, which is delivering the programme on its behalf.

The companies will each now demonstrate their technologies to specialists at Equinor, joint venture partner and future operator of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, and EDF Renewables, which owns and operates the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator wind farm.

North of Tyne Mayor, Jamie Driscoll, said: “The offshore wind sector is a major strength in North of Tyne. It offers huge potential for good green jobs.

"We used to have thousands of jobs here in shipbuilding and coal mining.

"This partnership with ORE Catapult will develop the engineering applications to bring orders here. That means high skilled jobs on good wages and more career opportunities for our kids.”

Michele Schiavone, Director of Offshore Wind at EDF Renewables UK, said: “We are excited to see these new innovative technologies and how they can be used in future offshore wind farms.

"We are committed to using local content as we’ve already demonstrated and we are keen to have more offshore projects to help accelerate to net zero.”

Graham Smith, R&D Programmes Manager at ORE Catapult, said: “Supply chain innovation and development is key to the UK maximising impact from the world-leading growth in offshore wind, and this programme provides a platform for companies to both demonstrate their technology and to receive tailored business support.

"These innovative North East businesses will be well positioned to take full advantage of the huge multi-billion offshore wind supply chain opportunity, further increasing local UK content, jobs and manufacturing.”

Andrew Jenkins, CEO and Founder of Kinewell Energy, said: “The Kinewell Energy team are excited to have been selected to participate in TIGGOR by industry giants Equinor, EDF Renewables and ORE Catapult.

"Our funded project will see us deliver a new-to-market game-changing technology related to offshore wind inter-array cable systems, substantially contributing towards the industry’s continuous cost reduction trajectory.

"We are a North East-based worldwide company and we look forward to creating more high-value green jobs in the North of Tyne region as we grow.”

Jenny Hudson, Project Manager at Transmission Dynamics, said: “Transmission Dynamics are committed to continually driving innovation in the offshore wind industry.

"We are delighted to be supported by the TIGGOR programme to enable us to work with industry partners to develop a new wind turbine asset monitoring solution that is user lead, cost effective and scalable.”