A UK government task force has highlighted the importance of test centres to reduce the costs of offshore wind.
The Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force called for the urgent installation of these centres, like the £230 million European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre built in Aberdeen, Scotland, to promote competitiveness and create job opportunities.
The EOWDC consortium, which comprises energy company Vattenfall, subsea engineering firm Technip and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, welcomed the task force's recommendation.
EOWDC consortium spokesperson, David Rodger, said: "The Government's task force report on cost reduction in offshore wind clearly underlines the urgent need for, and strategic importance of, schemes like EOWDC to deliver much needed cost reduction in offshore wind.
"We believe that the EOWDC will play a critical role in the competitiveness of the future offshore wind industry - helping to reduce costs, maximise investment, deliver best in class safety regimes, stimulate research and development and, in these testing economic conditions, help to create jobs here in Scotland and across the UK."
The task force report noted that with the installation of test centres, the industry will increasingly be able to adopt new turbines, foundations and installation methods in commercial projects, which will reduce costs.
Image: The UK hopes to cut offshore wind costs by £50 per MW by 2020. Credit: courtesy of Elsam A/S.