Blyth Offshore Demonstrator

Five North of Tyne Innovators to Pitch to Equinor, EDF Renewables

Five companies operating in the North of Tyne region have been selected to showcase their innovative technologies to offshore wind industry players Equinor and EDF Renewables as part of the Technology, Innovation and Green Growth for Offshore Renewables (TIGGOR) programme.

Blyth Offshore Demonstrator. Source: EDF Energies Nouvelles

The successful companies – Transmission Dynamics, Kinewell Energy, SMD, Trident Dynamics, and Unasys – will receive a share of GBP 1.7 million in match funding made available through the first round of the TIGGOR programme’s technology demonstration strand, funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) as part of its wider Energy, Green Growth and Climate Change commitments.

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NTCA has partnered with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, which is delivering the programme on its behalf.

The companies applied for support to accelerate innovative technology concepts in key areas of operations and maintenance for offshore wind, including remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), digital twins, cable arrays and sensors.

They will each now demonstrate their technologies to specialists at Equinor, joint venture partner and future operator of Dogger Bank Wind Farm, and EDF Renewables, which owns and operates the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator wind farm.

In turn, these offshore wind owner/operators will provide technology assessment and advice on how these technologies could be applied to offshore wind.

”As we build up our operations for Dogger Bank from the Port of Tyne, digitalisation and innovation remain at the core of our operations strategy,” Andrew Saunders, Dogger Bank Operations & Maintenance Leader at Equinor, said.

”We know the North East has a lot to offer and we’re delighted to collaborate with North of Tyne Combined Authority, ORE Catapult and EDF Renewables to deliver this important programme with innovative businesses in the region. Congratulations to the successful companies and we look forward to working with them as a technical advisor to the programme!”

ORE Catapult will also provide direct support, including access to test and demonstration facilities at its National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth.

Michele Schiavone, Director of Offshore Wind at EDF Renewables UK, said: ”We are excited to see these new innovative technologies and how they can be used in future offshore wind farms. Offshore wind is something we are already developing with our Neart na Gaoithe project in Scotland and Codling in Ireland. We are committed to using local content as we’ve already demonstrated and we are keen to have more offshore projects to help accelerate to net zero.”