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New university partnership to support industry and government on offshore wind

News International-French

30 May 2013

Three of Scotland's east coast universities are combining their expertise and experience - and advantage of location - to launch a new institute aimed at becoming the recognised global authority on the delivery and implementation of offshore renewable energy.

The Offshore Renewables Institute is a new partnership which brings together experts from different disciplines at the University of Dundee, the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University with the aim of developing and delivering solutions for the offshore wind industry in the North Sea and globally.

ORI will provide effective, practical and timely help to the offshore renewables sector, government and wider society through consultancy, research, policy advice and professional development.

The Institute will be based in Dundee, and the founding director is Professor Paul Mitchell of the University of Aberdeen.

The Offshore Renewables Institute will focus specifically on deployment and implementation, rather than technology and equipment. The partnership has identified four main areas of expertise that are particularly relevant to the offshore renewables industry:

  • Regulation, Law and Economics - including policy, regulation and finance
  • Environment and Consents - covering environmental impact, long-term monitoring, and mitigation strategies
  • Design, Fabrication and Installation - including foundations and substructures, geotechnics and access
  • Asset Management, covering operations, safety and reliability, and training

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