Narec forges Swedish R&D pact

The UK National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Technical Research Institute of Sweden to carry out joint R&D activities in offshore renewable energy.

For Narec, the tie-up kicks off strategic plan to set up international collaborations as a "key dimension" in strengthening its in-house capability as well as building links with European research centres.

"Narec and [the Technical Research Institute of Sweden] have been working together for a number of years now but formalising this relationship will be beneficial to both parties, allowing us to exploit one another’s strengths and extend the scope and focus of our commercial and research activities," says Narec chief technology officer Ignacio Marti.

The Technical Research Insitute of Sweden's Pierre Ingmarsson adds: "Combining Narec’s capabilities with [our] state-of-the-art competence, test environments and experience, in the fields of fatigue and reliability, measurement technology and high-voltage systems will allow us to develop and undertake more R&D projects for the benefit of the offshore renewables sector."

Narec sees "a great deal of synergy" between the two centres, with both having an R&D focus on wind turbine blade testing and demonstration activities.

Narec, based in Blyth, northeast England, has full-scale, open-access and independent wind turbine blade, electrical and nacelle development and testing facilities, as well as a consented 99.9MW offshore wind demonstration site.