Scotland is an innovative nation. Our universities are engaged in world class renewable energy research exploring more challenging sites, reducing risks and lowering the cost of offshore wind.
Test and Demonstration
Technological innovation is key to the future of offshore wind. In Scotland both public and private sectors have worked together to create a network of test and demonstration centres. These centres are of particular importance as the industry looks to deep water offshore wind and floating developments. Some of these sites host full scale turbines, others allow for design testing and testing at scale.
Cost Reduction R&D
Collaboration characterises our approach to cost reduction. There are numerous initiatives between industry and the public sector to research, innovate and ultimately lower the cost of offshore wind development. The Offshore Wind Accelerator is a collaborative R&D programme run by the Carbon Trust aiming to reduce the cost of offshore wind by 10%. The Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task force brings together industry and government to research target areas for cost reduction. Scotland is also home to the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult – a UK wide technology, innovation and knowledge centre. The catapult works with SMEs and developers, identifying innovation opportunities and running programmes to reduce cost.
Scottish Energy Laboratory
The Scottish Energy Laboratory gives domestic and international companies access to Scotland’s key energy test and demonstration capabilities. The laboratory was launched in 2011 and has a combined investment value of around £250 million across all energy sectors. It includes capabilities such as the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, the International Technology & Renewable Energy Zone (ITREZ) in Glasgow and the Energy Technology Partnership across 12 Scottish Universities. The laboratory can identify test facilities and services such as: