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04/27/2012 10:52 AM     print story email story  

UK North Sea Becoming Offshore Wind Hub and Super Grid News

20 companies have signed onto a "Norstec" partnership, which will turn the North Sea into a hub for offshore wind and link  countries together in a super grid. 

Partners include the wind energy supply chain: turbine manufacturers, developers, utilities and component suppliers.

Companies include: Alstom, Areva, Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions, David Brown Gear Systems, Dong Energy, E.ON, EDPR, Fluor, Gamesa, Harland and Wolff, JDR Cables, Mainstream, Modus Seabed Intervention, National Grid, Parsons Brinckerhoff, PMT Industries, Prysmian Group, Renewable UK, REpower, Repsol, Scottish Power, SSE, Siemens, Statkraft, Statoil, TAG Energy Solutions, Vattenfall and Vestas.

The partnership is inspired by Desertec, which will bring renewable energy from the Sahara Desert to Europe.

The announcement was made at the 3rd Clean Energy Ministerial conference taking place in London this week. 

During the conference the IEA issued a report warning energy ministers that governments are falling badly behind on low-carbon energy, putting carbon reduction targets out of reach and pushing the world to the brink of catastrophic climate change.

The UK and US signed a partnership to collaborate on energy, beginning with development of floating wind technology.

Britain's target is for 18 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2020, up from 2 GW today.

In January, the world's biggest offshore wind farm came online in the UK, the 367 MW Walney Farm that will power 320,000 homes. 

Across Europe, about 141 GW of offshore wind is either built, under construction, consented, or planned in 17 countries. 

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