Growing Offshore Wind – Developing regional industry-university growth hubs

Website visit Address Virtual Event Start June 16, 2021 - 12:00 pm End June 16, 2021 -1:00 pm

Wind power has an essential role in reaching Net Zero targets and stopping dangerous global warming.

In this panel event we will hear about the amazing growth of offshore wind in the UK, the role Durham University has played in these developments and what the role of regional clusters is in meeting ambitious targets to expand the sector to meet the global decarbonisation challenge.

Durham Energy Institute has had a key role in the development of the two leading offshore wind regional clusters: the North East Cluster – Energi Coast and the Humber Cluster – Aura and has supported the growth of the sector in the UK.

These regional collaborations between major companies in the offshore wind industry, leading academic institutions and government and non-governmental organisations have a key role in driving forward the ambitions of the UK offshore wind industry and regional economic development. Durham’s Professor Simon Hogg, Ørsted Chair in Renewable Energy, is leading Energi Coast’s Innovation Group and is Chair of Aura’s Research Development and Innovation Strand Steering Group.

Eight regional clusters were developed as part of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal UK which was agreed between Government and the Offshore Wind Industry Council chaired by Benj Sykes, Vice President at Ørsted UK and DEI Advisory Board member. DEI has had a long-term strategic partnership with Ørsted which, as the global leader in offshore wind, has been instrumental in the development of the industry in the UK as well as the ambitions for UK offshore wind laid-out in sector deal.


Tony Quinn (Operations Director – Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, and recently announced Chair of Energi Coast)


Benj Sykes (Vice President at Ørsted UK)

Louise Smith (Director, Project Aura)

Professor Simon Hogg (Ørsted Professor of Renewable Energy at Durham University)

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