Equinor, ORE Catapult Partner to Tackle Offshore Wind Tech Issues

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Equinor and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult are collaborating on tackling challenges facing the offshore renewables sector.

The U.K.-wide partnership brings together Equinor, the operator of Dogger Bank offshore wind farm, with the U.K.’s R&D experts in offshore wind energy at ORE Catapult, building on previous collaborations between both organizations.

ORE Catapult and Equinor have a joint aim to collectively invest in technology readiness for offshore wind, and together they will focus on developing skills in the industry, on operations and maintenance initiatives, on improving turbine reliability/performance and on energy integration.

“With a long history of collaboration between ORE Catapult and Equinor, this agreement was a logical next step that we are very excited to see come to fruition,” says Tony Quinn, ORE Catapult’s technology development director. “Supporting Equinor in developing solutions to key challenges for the sector, across skills, O&M and energy integration in particular, will generate exciting outcomes for the industry moving forward.”

ORE Catapult and Equinor are aligned on key areas such as supporting the UK Offshore Wind Sector Deal, accelerating innovation and developing opportunities in clusters across the UK. Broader collaboration in the future could include hydrogen electrolysis and battery storage.

“We are delighted to strengthen our partnership with ORE Catapult, building on our relationship developed in North East England and around our floating wind project, Hywind Scotland, where we have previously collaborated to share data,” states Trine Borum Bojsen, SVP of North Sea renewables at Equinor. “We look forward to working together on initiatives across the U.K. that will help to develop a more competitive U.K. supply chain, deliver new innovations and support the talent of tomorrow entering the industry.”

Key components in the Dogger Bank supply chain have undergone rigorous testing and certification at ORE Catapult’s world leading testing facility in Blyth as part of the delivery of the project. Equinor has also been a delivery partner on ORE Catapult’s Technology Innovation and Green Growth in Offshore Renewables (TIGGOR) program since its inception and currently supports the Catapult’s U.K. wide Launch Academy program.

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