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SSE secures £1M grant for offshore wind turbine foundation testing

Energy secretary Ed Davey has announced £2.5M of funding for offshore wind developments, which includes a £1M grant for SSE Renewables for research which will include foundation testing.

Davey announced the investment at the Renewable UK conference in Birmingham yesterday.

“The renewable energy sector supports 35,000 green jobs and the sector is crucial to green growth and energy security,” he said. “A mix of technologies is vital to secure Britain’s energy supplies and reduce the environmental impact of powering our homes and businesses.”

The funding for SEE will boost its National Offshore Wind Turbine Test Facility project which will be used to test foundations, logistics, and grid integration on its Siemens 6MW pre-production turbine.

The remainder of the funding is shared between three other projects that will develop drivetrain technology, floating platform designs and composite turbine hubs.

The funding is part of a package of support being provided by members of the Low Carbon Innovation Coordination Group (LCICG), who together are providing over £100M of targeted financial support to develop innovative offshore wind technologies between 2011 and 2015.

“Investment in innovation now will improve the affordability of the technologies we deploy in the future; reduce bills for households and businesses; and strengthen energy security by offering a range of technology options for the UK to deploy,” added Davey. “Successful innovation could save the UK up to £160bn in energy supply costs to 2050 and contribute up to £89bn to the UK economy over the same period.”

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