The UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult has unveiled its 7 MW demonstration offshore wind turbine in Levenmouth.
Unveiled at its Levenmouth, Scotland, demonstration location, by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research center for offshore wind, wave, and tidal energy, the 7 MW offshore wind turbine is the world’s most advanced, open access, offshore wind turbine dedicated to research. Acquired by ORE Catapult from Samsung Heavy Industries in December, 2015, the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine represents not only Scotland’s continued and vital role in the UK wind industry, but also offers numerous opportunities for economic growth, training, and development of skills.
“Scotland’s research and development in renewables is unrivaled and the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine adds to Scotland’s extensive portfolio of test facilities,” said Fergus Ewing, Scottish Government Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism. “The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult will work with the offshore wind sector, Skills Development Scotland and the Energy Skills Partnership to ensure the knowledge is transferred to industry to help it develop our offshore wind resources, some of the best in the world.”
“I am also pleased to see that the local community will benefit from the project through work with local schools and Fife College.”
The 7 MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine intends to provide the UK wind industry and academia with an opportunity to better understand a wide variety of offshore wind-related technologies and services, with the ultimate goal of reducing the cost of wind electricity.
“The Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine will play a major part in the development of future technologies to lower the cost of offshore wind,” said Andrew Jamieson, Chief Executive of ORE Catapult. “It offers opportunities for UK supply chain and technology development and, sitting so prominently at the heart of the Levenmouth communities, it is vital that the turbine also plays a role in locally developing and supporting the next generation of Scottish engineers, who will ensure that Fife enjoys a bright future thanks to renewable energy.”
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