The Scottish government has approved the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), to be located in Aberdeen Bay.
The EOWDC is a joint venture between Vattenfall, Europe's sixth largest generator of electricity, the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, a private-public partnership, and consortium partner Technip Offshore Wind, a provider of offshore wind installation and project management services.
The project will comprise 11 wind turbines capable of generating up to 100 MW, and the partners say it will serve as a demonstration facility for next-generation wind turbines and associated technology.
"The Scottish government is committed to the successful and sustainable development of an offshore wind sector, which could lead to a potential generation of over Â£7 billion to Scotland's economy and support up to 28,000 direct jobs and a further 20,000 indirect jobs by 2020," said Fergus Ewing, energy, enterprise and tourism minister, in a statement.
The European Union has awarded the EOWDC a grant of up to 40 million euros under the European Energy Programme for Recovery for the development of the project, which was awarded demonstrator site status by The Crown Estate in 2010.