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U of Hull to collaborate with industry to deliver £48B offshore wind sector deal


By David Schwartz
Published: March 12th, 2019

A new Sector Deal from the UK government will enable major renewable energy companies to invest up to £48B over the next 10 years to grow offshore wind energy being produced in the UK from 7.9GW today to at least 30GW by 2030.

The Offshore Wind Sector Deal is being hailed by the University of Hull, which will be a key partner in delivering the skills, innovation and industry engagement needed to succeed in transforming the energy economy in the region.

The deal will combat climate change, triple the number of highly-skilled workers in the industry to 27,000, and also dramatically cut energy costs to consumers. It will mean that, for the first time in UK history, there will be more electricity from renewables than fossil fuels, with 70% of British electricity from low carbon sources.

The University of Hull and its ambitious Aura initiative, which brings together academic, industry and local government  expertise, is at the forefront of the offshore wind sector and is at the heart of the Humber Advanced Cluster, which has been identified as a priority in the deal.

In recent months Aura has started work on a £12M innovation centre in the Humber to develop the next generation of offshore wind technology, and has also secured £5.5M of government research and innovation funding to lead the Aura Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) consortium, which will create opportunities for over 75 post-docs, generating a rich pipeline of leadership talent for the industry.

According to Professor Dan Parsons, director of the Energy & Environment Institute at the University of Hull, “this new Offshore Wind Sector Deal is a clear acknowledgement from the Government that offshore wind is working for the country — and recognition of the growing international leadership of the Humber region in offshore wind.

“The Humber cluster will be critical to the success of this Sector Deal and the Aura initiative will create the right environment for real innovation to flourish, while also ensuring a diverse and skilled pipeline of talent is available to industry.”

Added University of Hull Honorary Research Fellow and former Deputy Prime Minister Lord John Prescott: “To succeed, we need continued collaboration between industry, politicians, academia and the wider supply chain. The University of Hull and Aura will be pivotal, delivering the ideas, research, innovation and skills we need as we push ahead to a future of clean growth. This is a firm step to the Humber new industrial revolution.”  

Source: Aura

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