UK Crown Estate, OREC join forces

UK seabed landlord the Crown Estate (CE) is to work together with technology development body the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (Orec) on a spectrum of programmes aimed at speeding up cost reduction in the offshore wind, wave and tidal energy sectors.

The three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreed between the two organisations pinpoints several areas for collaboration, including identification of the enabling technologies to deliver affordable offshore renewable energy; a framework for collection of performance data from offshore wind turbines; a framework for establishing best practise in offshore transmission issues; reliability certification for offshore wind turbines.

CE and Orec will also jointly lead a working group advancing new deep-water foundation concepts.

“This MoU which will see us work closely with Orec to facilitate collaboration across the entire industry to drive down the cost of generating electricity from renewable technologies offshore,” says CE head of energy and technology Martin Simpson.

Andrew Jamieson, Orec chief executive, adds: “Working in close collaboration with organisations like the Crown Estate will enable us to step up the momentum for the UK to realise not just necessary cost reductions but also significant economic, social and environmental benefits to the UK.”

The two bodies plan to collaborate closely with the wider offshore renewables industry to “deliver uniform standards and overall performance improvement” from offshore wind and marine renewable energy developments.

Detailed project programmes will now be developed with utilities, manufacturers, operators, supply chain and technology companies.

Orec is one of seven “catapult” centres being set up the UK’s Technology Strategy Board with over £1bn in public and private sector investment over the next five years.