Shell Global Solutions International has joined UK’s Carbon Trust’s collaborative research and development (R&D) programme, Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA).
OWA was set-up in 2008 with an objective to reduce the cost of energy from offshore wind.
As a new member, Shell will be joining the OWA group that already includes EnBW, E.ON, Equinor, innogy, Ørsted, ScottishPower Renewables/Iberdrola, SSE Renewables and Vattenfall Wind Power.
Shell Wind Development vice-president Dorine Bosman said: “The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator is a good example of the collaboration required between public and private sectors.
“The research and development programme will be key to delivering technical, commercial and financial innovations for large-scale and sustainable offshore wind opportunities in the future.”
OWA focuses on five research areas, which are access systems, cable installation, electrical systems, wake effects and wind resource, and foundations.
OWA’s core programme is partly funded by the Scottish Government, while the remaining funding coming from industry partners.
Carbon Trust director Jan Matthiesen said: “It is great news for the programme to have yet another strong and ambitious partner on board. It demonstrates that the collaborative approach to RD&D in offshore wind is valued by the industry.”
Since its establishment in 2001, Carbon Trust has been working with businesses, governments and institutions worldwide. It intends to help them contribute to and benefit from a more sustainable future through carbon reduction and commercialising low carbon businesses, systems, and technologies.