Clipper Windpower PLC has announced that its subsidiary, Clipper Windpower Marine Ltd., was awarded 4.4 million British pounds under the ETF Offshore Wind Demonstration Call previously announced by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in May.
The grant will contribute toward costs associated with the development of blades for the Britannia Project, a 10 MW offshore wind turbine prototype under development by Clipper. Scheduled for deployment in late 2011, Clipper's 10 MW wind turbine is among the world's largest under development.
The grant is issued by the DECC to stimulate the development and demonstration of offshore wind technologies and components for larger multi-megawatt turbines to enable faster deployment within the 2020 time frame.
‘With the deployment of the 10 MW Clipper offshore turbine in U.K. waters, the nation will benefit from clean power, and also from the strong economic boost arising from the development and serial production of the turbines in the coming years,’ says James G.P. Dehlsen, chairman of Clipper Windpower.
Clipper plans to fully utilize the emerging U.K. supply chain opportunities in developing the manufacturing process for the new 10 MW turbine. A fully operational Clipper 10 MW turbine will stand at 175 meters in height. Upon serial production, the 10 MW turbines will be deployed in European waters initially.
The Crown Estate has agreed to purchase the Britannia prototype. This investment will allow the Crown Estate to gain firsthand knowledge of the challenges facing the development of wind turbines specialized for deepwater marine deployment as the process of engaging the industry to develop the next phase of offshore wind farms begins.
SOURCE: Clipper Windpower PLC