More than 70 manufacturing companies in Northern England have benefited to date from access to TWI's specialist knowledge in engineering, materials, welding and joining technologies as part of the Offshore Wind Technology Transfer project.� Along with free technical support and supply-chain development advice, the company is providing full use of its expertise and facilities to help businesses boost manufacturing effectiveness and reduce costs. The initiative is being funded by the Government's Regional Growth Fund, and is led by the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec).
The wind industry is seen as one of the more developed forms of renewable energy with a growing demand for turbines, particularly in offshore applications.
TWI provides Offshore Wind Technology Transfer project participants with free technical support and consultancy - presenting a valuable opportunity to access a unique and independent combination of materials, fabrication and inspection expertise gained through practical experience, and an unparalleled record of working in specialist areas including fatigue assessment of welded and bolted structures and wind-turbine towers.
From advanced, high productivity fabrication technology and the specification of corrosion protection standards, to structural integrity assessment and failure investigation, TWI can give participants support and advice on welding procedures and fabrication standards. Its specialists will also help to troubleshoot production and quality problems, explore more effective technologies and processes, define requirements for training and development of new skills, increase the effectiveness of supply chains and accelerate innovation to bring new products to market.
The industry offer is designed for companies already serving the offshore wind sector as well as for those progressive businesses with the potential to supply products and services to this strategically important growth industry. Support is tailored to the needs of each company.
For more information on the project, please contact Nick Elbourn
or visit our project website
. The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) Narec
has invested over �150 million of UK Government, private sector and European Union funding to create a unique integrated portfolio of research, testing and demonstration facilities for the offshore renewables industry, operated on an open-access, commercial basis in Blyth, Northumberland, England. About the Regional Growth Fund (RGF)
The Regional Growth Fund (RGF)
is a �2.6 billion fund operating across England from 2011 to 2016. It supports projects and programmes that are using private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment. The first 3 rounds allocated �2.4 billion which will leverage over �13 billion of private sector investment and create or safeguard over 500,000 jobs.
The RGF is a flexible and competitive fund, with bidders able to submit bids either as a project or a programme.