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Wind energy centre set for Strathclyde Uni

2 March 2012

Funding has been granted for a new centre to develop and demonstrate offshore and onshore wind turbine asset management.

The Centre for Intelligent Asset Management (CIAM) is a partnership between the University of Strathclyde and SgurrEnergy, a renewable energy consultancy, part of Wood Group.

CIAM will develop technologies to improve the availability of offshore wind farms and reduce the need for expensive reactive offshore maintenance.

The centre will be based at the university and will work alongside the university’s Wind Energy Systems Centre that provides training to PhD students to help address the skill shortage in the renewables sector.

Another research partner organisation will be the new £2.35 million Centre for Advanced Condition Monitoring, a wind energy design centre, to be built in Glasgow.

Estimates suggest that by 2050, offshore wind could be worth £65 billion to the UK and could support hundreds of thousands of jobs, according to a statement from the university.

Critical to meeting government targets for 2020, the UK wind industry is planning very large offshore wind farms, some at a considerable distance from shore and in deeper water. The farms will be between 30 and 120 miles from shore compared with less than 30 miles for the most existing offshore wind farms.

UK wind power capacity is expected to grow by a third this year to about 8,000MW, according to RenewableUK, the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries.

On December 28, during recent storms, wind farms produced a record 12.2 per cent of daily energy demand, according to data from RenewableUK. This beat the previous high of 10 per cent.

RenewableUK was set up in 1978 and has 689 corporate members.

Energy producer E.on reported in January that it is pushing ahead with the second construction phase of its 25-turbine windfarm in Caithness that will generate up to 50 MW of electricity.

The windfarm, called Camster, is between Lybster and Watten on the east coast of northern Scotland and will generate enough power for up to 35,000 homes, according to an E.on statement.

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