UK's Narec to help offshore tech

The Hi-Traq inter-array cable trencher

The Hi-Traq inter-array cable trencher

The UK's National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) has set up a £2.8m ($4.2m) scheme to fast-track grass-roots offshore energy technologies into use off Britain.

The Renewable Energy Technology Accelerator (Reta), a public-private initiative to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the northeast of England move into the emerging renewable energy supply chain, will support three new cost-reduction projects, two in the offshore wind sector and one in tidal power.

Under Reta, IHC Engineering will work with Narec to develop its Hi-Traq inter-array cable trencher for cable-laying between turbines and substations, while Tecnalia is joining forces with PDL Solutions and JDR Cable Systems to design new "smart" cable technology that will improve grid installation, operation and asset management.

The third project, an innovative tidal-turbine nacelle intervention system being advanced with Log in to read complete article.

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