Conference on offshore industry

Narec in Blyth.
Narec in Blyth.

Leading players in the offshore wind industry will be meeting at Narec for a national conference.

The National Renewable Energy Centre, based in Blyth, will host the ‘Wind Innovation Conference’ next week, to discuss collaborative and innovative projects as well as current funding options.

The £11m Offshore Wind Innovation Programme which brought together offshore market leaders with world-class technology providers and academia in the UK to deliver six major technology projects which address key technical challenges associated with the offshore wind supply chain, is nearing completion.

Partners Romax Technology Ltd, University of Sheffield, TWI, HVPD, David Brown Gear Systems Ltd and Siemens Transmission and Distribution Ltd, have been working on a variety of projects related to wind turbine foundation design and fabrication concepts.

They have also been looking at condition monitoring of turbine towers and blades and the development and automated application of protective coatings for structures,, drive train concepts for improved reliability and a bearing test rig.

The event will also highlight the impact the projects are having at a regional and industry level, as well as how they are helping to stimulate economic growth, reduce developments costs and accelerate UK technology commercialisation.

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The conference will take place on Thursday, March 27, at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.