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Orbis bids for UK offshore R&D centres

UK: Offshore energy hub Orbis Energy has bid to host a UK-wide technology and innovation centre for the offshore wind, wave and tidal energy industries.

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The UK Government has committed more than £200 million over the next four years to establish an elite network of at least six technology and innovation centres.

It hopes these will allow businesses to access equipment and expertise to help them develop offshore-energy projects.

If successful, the centre at Orbis Energy could be operational by late spring 2012.

Orbis Energy is based in on the east coast of England and owned by Suffolk County Council. Its partners include ScottishPower Renewables, Vattenfall, SSE Renewables and leading universities and research institutes.

The company already has many of the component parts for an offshore R&D facility in place. Its east coast location is close to where the largest number of UK offshore wind farms are planned.

Strategic Director at Orbis Energy John Birch said the organisation already supported businesses across the offshore energy value chain.

He said: "We look to commercialise products and services from the R&D stage through to market readiness and beyond. The development of a technology and innovation centre is a natural extension building on the strong position we have built so far."

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