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Renewable Energy Centre operational at TWI's Technology Centre

Connect, no. 155, July/August 2008, p.3


With funding support from One NorthEast, Government Office, European Regional Development Fund and the Tees Valley Partnership, the Renewable Energy Manufacturing Technology Centre (REMTEC) is now operational. The new centre, part of TWI's regional expansion programme, is located at TWI's existing facilities in Middlesbrough.

The centre will carry out research, technology transfer and training to support the development, validation and demonstration of innovative design and manufacturing solutions for existing and emerging new and renewable energy sources.

With its leading-edge fabrication and processing technologies, the new REMTEC facility will step-up TWI assistance to local companies sited in the North East, integrate with universities and existing centres of excellence and attract inward long-term investment from national and overseas organisations.

One North East is also supporting a TWI-led technology transfer programme, which is providing free technical assistance to engineering SMEs and is helping manufacturers insert technology and develop capabilities for efficient product development and improved manufacturing processes.

Using specialised expertise at REMTEC, the technology transfer programme has already provided advice or in-depth assistance to around 200 firms in the North East and created over 80 new jobs and safeguarded nearly 150 jobs with increases in business turnover.

With the new REMTEC facility TWI will have additional capability to support a wide range of development projects covering several new and renewable energy areas. In each case, the projects will be aimed at demonstrating the benefits of the technology as well as stimulating market demand supported by technology transfer with underpinning skills training and qualifications for development of the workforce.

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