Beyond 2010 Pilot Innovation Project Case Study: EWEG (Eastern Wind Energy Group)
Introduction / idea generation
The UK has the world's largest installed capacity of offshore wind electricity generation and it is expected that close to £100 billion is likely to be invested in wind farms in the next 10 to 15 years. The UK's second largest offshore wind farm is planned for development off the Norfolk coast, and it could yield around 7.2GW - enough clean, green energy to power over 5 million homes. In total, about 1000 turbines are planned to be built off the coasts of Norfolk and Suffolk, making the area one of the world's largest sources of wind energy. What's more, by 2020, an offshore wind farm in the East of England could generate enough low carbon electricity to power every home in the region.
Hethel Engineering Centre (HEC) has identified a demand for UK competitiveness in wind turbine manufacture. Through Pilot Innovation Programs (PIPs), HEC is therefore acting as a catalyst for accelerating business led innovation in wind energy, through collaboration among advanced manufacturing and engineering companies within the Eastern region, and by supporting and engaging innovative companies, large and small, in wind turbine supply chain development. According to research at HEC, currently all turbines and the majority of components are imported into the UK; therefore investment does not benefit the UK economy that it could. If the UK economy is to significantly benefit from the investment we will be making in Wind Turbines, we have to establish the capability to manufacture them within the UK...........
EWEG Project Case Study