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Decc funds CoE reduction initiatives

UK: The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has handed four companies a combined sum of £4 million (EUR 4.7 million) to help their efforts to reduce the cost of energy (CoE) for offshore wind.

Decc is funding the 2-B turbine
Decc is funding the 2-B turbine

High Voltage Partial Discharge (HVPD), SgurrControl, 2-B Energy, and Ocean Resource have received the funds, which will be specifically targeted at the design and installation of turbines.

Dutch turbine company 2-B Energy, which is developing a two-bladed turbine, has received £2.7 million. The first prototype will be installed in the Netherlands before testing at the Methil site, near Fife, Scotland.

The 2-B turbine has a 6MW capacity and a rotor diameter of 140-metres. It uses a lattice structure rather than a traditional tower.

Decc said it believes the turbine could reduce CoE by up to 35%, a reduction on the 45% figure claimed by Scottish Enterprise in 2012. Scottish Enterprise is also helping to fund the scheme.

The next highest award — £900,370 — will go to HVPD to develop monitoring technology to detect faults in HVDC cables.

SgurrControl's £667,000 is to help fund a control system to reduce stress on turbine blades, while Ocean Resource is developing an offshore turbine that is assembled onshore and towed to the site using tugs.

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