The ORI is a new research partnership between the University of Dundee; the University of Aberdeen; and Robert Gordon University focused on developing and delivering solutions to the offshore wind industry, in the North Sea and globally. The vision is to become the recognised global authority on the delivery and implementation of offshore renewable energy.
The ORI offers an interdisciplinary and integrated approach bringing together experts, researchers, and knowledge from different disciplines and all three university partners to confront challenges faced by Industry and Government in delivering and managing the offshore wind industry across four main themes.
Mainstream Renewable Power has been awarded a 15-year Contract for Difference for its Neart Na Gaoithe (NNG) development off Fife Ness.
Energy from offshore wind farms is almost 11 per cent cheaper than three years ago, putting the industry well on course to meet government cost-cutting targets.
The figures revealed in an industry report yesterday show the lifetime cost of energy from offshore wind has come down from £136 per megawatt hour of electricity produced in 2011 to £121/MWh for projects moving to construction between 2012 and 2014.