Firm helps others develop technology

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A Blyth company is aiming to help sustain the UK’s leading position in the offshore wind sector by bringing together market leaders and technology providers to develop new technologies.

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec), has been successul in its second round bid to the Regional Growth Fund for a Wind Innovation Programme.

The £11million programme initiated and managed by Narec, which includes match funding of £5million from the private sector, is delivering a total of six major technology projects – Romax Technology Ltd, University of Sheffield, TWI, HVPD, David Brown Gear Systems Ltd and Siemens Transmission and Distribution Ltd – that are addressing key technical challenges associated with the offshore wind supply chain.

The programme is expected to create or safeguard in the region of 750 jobs with further employment opportunities expected to follow.

Romax Technology has been awarded financial support from the RGF Wind Innovation Programme, and is collaborating with the University of Sheffield to expand its knowledge of the electro-mechanical drivetrain.

A research and development centre will be officially opened on Thursday within the University of Sheffield Electrical Machines and Drives Group, to focus on the development of its mechanical and electrical machine capability.

Innovation and corporate developer director at Narec, Tony Ikwue, said: “Narec was thrilled that its RGF bid was successful and is now involved in the operation and management of these six projects.

“We created this programme to bring together the strengths of engineering companies and academic institutions in the north, to create new products and services that will lead to economic growth and employment.

“The six projects will see innovative new products being developed to provide solutions to some of the major technical and cost challenges that affect deployment of offshore renewable energy.

“The wider supply chain is also set to benefit from these projects, with knowhow and technology transfer opportunities for companies seeking to enter the offshore renewable energy sector.”