Vattenfall has tied up a strategic collaboration with the Carbon Trust's £45m research, development and demonstration programme - Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), as part of their commitment to help drive down the cost of offshore wind power.
Vattenfall, the owner of the second largest fleet of offshore wind farms in the world and one half of a joint venture partnership to develop the 7.2GW East Anglia Zone, has invested more than £1 million to join the OWA. With the addition of Vattenfall the OWA partners now hold 77% (36MW) of the UK offshore wind market.
Through its Offshore Wind Accelerator programme, the Carbon Trust is leading an industry collaboration with nine UK wind farm developers to identify and commercialise innovations which can dramatically reduce the costs of offshore wind.
It is important that Vattenfall builds on its already extensive research and development programme by being part of the OWA.
Jens Madsen, Head of Wind Power Research and Development at Vattenfall
Bringing down the cost of offshore wind is an absolute priority for the industry. We believe that industry collaboration on key innovation projects that offer scope for dramatic cost reduction is the best way to go. We are therefore delighted that Vattenfall has decided to join the OWA and bring their significant experience and commitment to helping solve some of the innovation challenges facing the offshore wind industry.
Phil de Villiers, Head of Offshore Wind at the Carbon Trust
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