The UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has collaborated with China’s Tus-Wind to create a new research centre to help accelerate offshore wind technology innovation.
The TUS-ORE Catapult Technology Research Centre will be built with an investment of £2m in Yantai, which is located in China’s Shandong Province. The investment will be backed by the Yantai local government authority for a period of three years.
The centre will also support the development of an offshore wind farm of at least 300MW capacity, with a minimum 10% UK content.
UK Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “Clean growth is one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time and through our Industrial Strategy we’re determined to seize the industrial opportunities from clean energy, creating good jobs while tackling climate change.
“This exciting international collaboration shows how UK companies, backed by the government, are exporting products and expertise worth tens of millions of pounds around the world.”
The partnership will provide approximately £90m supply chain export opportunity to the UK, as well as a new platform to access the Chinese wind market, which is estimated to be worth £15bn by 2030.
Furthermore, it will assist UK-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are planning to enter the Chinese market, and lead research and development projects to strengthen collaboration between the nations.
TusEnergy senior vice-president Yingzhuo Du said: “UK collaboration plays an ever more important role in global economic growth.
“The collaboration with ORE Catapult forms a bridge between two of the leading countries in the offshore renewable energy industry.
“It helps drive the cost of renewable energy down. Moreover, we expect to have new technologies developed and commercialised out of China-UK joint research projects.”
Last December, ORE Catapult signed a Research and Development Collaboration Agreement with TUS-Wind and TusPark Newcastle, where the organisations committed to working together to advance offshore wind technology cooperation.