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Vattenfall joins Carbon Trust offshore wind programme to drive down costs

17 Dec 2012

Swedish utility Vattenfall has formed a strategic collaboration with the UK’s Carbon Trust as part of the £45m Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA).

The company, which is the world’s second largest offshore wind asset-owner, has invested more than £1m to join the OWA.

Nine UK developers are involved with the collaboration, identifying and commercialising innovations to significantly reduce the cost of offshore wind technology.

Other parties involved include E.ON, Mainstream Renewable Power, RWE and ScottishPower Renewables.

Jens Madsen, head of wind power research and development at Vattenfall, said, ‘By signing up with the OWA earlier this month Vattenfall is demonstrating its commitment to delivering UK offshore wind potential and significant cost reduction.

‘We have been impressed by the strategic alliances that are being forged across the UK to ensure that offshore wind plays a key role in achieving renewable energy targets and more reliable and affordable power for British consumers. It is important that Vattenfall builds on its already extensive research and development programme by being part of the OWA.’

Phil de Villiers, head of offshore wind at the Carbon Trust, added, ‘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.’

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