UK, 38 Companies Share £3M from the Northern Wind Innovation Programme

The Northern Wind Innovation Programme (NWIP) has announced the names of companies participating in newly formed consortia set to benefit from a share of £3m, specifically aimed at stimulating innovation and technological developments for the offshore wind industry in the North of England.
From almost 30 applications received, the 10 consortia (made up of 38 UK companies) selected include:
– Composite Metal Technology Ltd, the University of Durham, David Brown Gear Systems and Ricardo UK Ltd
– David Brown Gear Systems and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne
– Ricardo UK Ltd, The University of Sheffield and Roballo Engineering Ltd
– Romax Technology Ltd and the University of Sheffield
– Siemens Transmission Distribution and the University of Manchester
– Siemens Wind Power and The University of Sheffield
– TWI, the University of Manchester, Monitor Coatings, McNulty Offshore, VattenFall Wind Power
– TWI, RCID at Newcastle University, SEtech Ltd, Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd, McNulty Offshore Construction Ltd, VattenFall Wind Power, Scottish Power UK plc and Clipperwind plc
– TWI , University of Sheffield, CMR (UK) Ltd, SKM, James Walker, Applied Inspection Ltd, and Le Carbone (GB) Ltd.
– Xanthus Energy Ltd, Able UK Ltd and Ekspan Ltd.

NWIP outlined three classifications for the projects, AC/DC electrical conversion, foundation system optimization and installation technologies and bearing quality improvement.

The Programme’s team will continue to support the sector by organising inward delegations, stimulating innovation, providing support to companies looking to diversify and by providing marketing information.
NWIP, which is funded by The Northern Way (a partnership of the three northern regional development agencies including One North East, Northwest Regional Development Agency and Yorkshire Forward), is being delivered by:
– the New and Renewable Energy Centre (Narec), a leading research and development platform for new, sustainable and renewable energy technologies,
– Envirolink Northwest, the energy and environmental technologies and services (ETS) sector development organisation in England’s Northwest.
The Programme is a Collaborative Research and Development product as part of Solutions for Business, the UK Government’s package of publicly funded business support designed to help companies start and grow.

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