19 Jul 2013
The Crown Estate, which manages the UK’s seabed, has invited companies to submit Expressions of Interest for a range of offshore wind projects.
The Expression of Interest period is open until September 2013 and will call for two types of projects;
- Off-grid Projects: testing and demonstrating new technologies and processes: and
- Project Variations: aimed at applicants without a site but have a testing and demonstration project.
Martin Simpson, Head of New Energy and Technology at The Crown Estate, said: “To unlock sustained growth in offshore wind we have to demonstrate that technological advancements can drive down costs. This new leasing programme is opening the doors for testing and demonstration of new technology across the spectrum – from turbines to foundations and cables, thus cementing the UK as the best place for investments in supply chain and commercial projects.”
The Expression of Interest comes as part of encouraging investment in emerging technologies. Working closely with the government, Crown Estate provides investment for renewable energy companies as part of developing a low carbon economy in the UK.