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
"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.