The UK Technology Strategy Board has revealed that smart grid and resource efficiencies are in the running for the next three technology innovation centres the government is looking establish after Business Secretary Vince Cable revealed the first will focus on offshore renewable energy.
Three technology focus areas will be selected for development from ten media and scientific possibilities. Trade association RenewableUK welcomed UK Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable’s announcement that the UK’s first technology innovation centre will be focused on renewable energy.
The UK government has committed to spend over £200m in the next four years to build a network of technology centres, each focusing on different areas of research and development.
The government is expected to competitively select developers to feature at the Offshore Renewable Energy Technology and Innovation Centre, which will focus on the development of offshore wind, wave and tidal technologies. Cable said the centre represents the next step towards transforming the UK into a low carbon economy.
RenewableUK’s director of policy Gordon Edge said, ‘This is a clear indication that the government has recognised the importance of supporting wind and marine energy. Investment in ambitious research and development projects like this is a key part of the package of measures needed to attract companies from around the world to the UK.’
The thinking behind the centre is that it will help businesses solve commercialisation challenges and foster a new generation of marine energy technologies.
Cable said, ‘Technology and innovation centres are a new approach to linking research with the practical needs of the business world. Once operational, the centres will produce innovations which could help to make the UK a world leader in a range of markets.’
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