The Scottish city of Dundee will host an Offshore Renewables Institute offering consultancy and research services. Professor Paul Mitchell, from the University of Aberdeen, has been named as the institute’s director. Experts from the University of Dundee and Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University will also be involved.
Details about the institute’s plans are being revealed at the All Energy event in Aberdeen today. It is understood the institute will focus on deployment and implementation rather than technology.
Scotland has plans to significantly boost its renewable energy sources, particularly offshore wind. There are a handful of large projects in the pipeline, potentially amounting to several gigawatts of capacity.
"We need to look at the environmental impact of such large developments, the legal issues, safety of course – and how we can increase efficiency and reduce costs over the lifetime of a project," said Mitchell. "We need a variety of experts around these problems, all working together to a common goal."