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Unasys, the energy innovation team behind the Digital North Sea, have joined a group of companies on the Technology, Innovation and Green Growth for Offshore Renewables (TIGGOR) programme.
The program will draw together various strands of emerging technologies in order to provide real world solutions and improvements to the wind energy industry.
Companies from across the North of Tyne area, including Transmission Dynamics, Kinewell Energy, SMD and Trident Dynamics will share in £1.7m of match funding made available through the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) as part of its wider Energy, Green Growth and Climate Change commitments.
The program will be delivered by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and hopes to accelerate the evolution and application of technologies in key areas of operations and maintenance for offshore wind, including remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), digital twins, cable arrays and sensors.
Unasys MD, Mick Flynn, said:
"The future of energy in the UK and across the globe is in renewables and investment in such a wide array of innovative companies and solutions across the North East is a great vote of confidence.
The skills and innovation we see from ourselves and others in the program lead me to believe that the next evolution in the wind energy sector starts right here."
The combination of technology solutions will be assessed by specialists at Equinor and EDF, both key industrial operators in offshore wind and renewable energy, and further support will be provided with access to the facilities at the National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth.