University of Dundee has announced that it is to develop a new facility for the development, design and testing of marine renewable construction materials and prototype foundations.
The development of the £2M Marine Renewables Test Centre is supported by £883,000 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
“Scotland is well placed to deliver offshore wind and marine renewables and meet its ambitious targets for 2020 but there are still some significant challenges to be addressed,” said head of the new centre professor Rod Jones.
“Although considerable progress has been made in developing and manufacturing turbines, the main challenges now lie in the design, commissioning and deployment of key structural components such as concrete foundations for offshore wind farms.
“We have world-leading expertise at Dundee in the development of concrete technology and the modelling of novel foundation solutions. This new centre will build on that and be integral to the provision of, demonstration and certification of marine materials and structures, which are particularly needed by industry if we are to successfully deploy the systems required to exploit Scotland’s natural resources in wind and marine energy.
“The renewables sector is one that has been predicted to create up to 40,000 jobs and £30bn of investment to the Scottish economy, as well as providing the country’s main energy solutions. This centre will help realise those ambitious goals.”