A key figure in engineering has been meeting industry leaders to talk about the education and training of the future workforce.
Professor Barry Clarke, president of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) visited Blyth-based Narec last Thursday to see state-of-the-art facilities.
The company has spent £150m to become an industry leader in renewable energy.
Prof Clarke was taken on a tour and informed about future investment.
He said: “The investment of public and private sector is helping to make Narec and the north east a powerhouse in driving the commitment to develop and enhance renewable energy technology for the UK.”
Tony Quinn, operations director at Narec, added: “These facilities are designed to perform extreme events and accelerated lifetime testing on wind and tidal turbines helping to reduce the technical and commercial risk of deployment and build confidence in the capital market.”