In December 2015, we completed the acquisition of the Levenmouth 7MW demonstration offshore wind turbine located at the Fife Energy Park off the East Fife coast.
The turbine becomes the world’s most advanced, open access, offshore wind turbine dedicated to research, and offers complementary opportunities for training and development of skills vital for the future of the offshore wind industry.
Cost reduction through research
The turbine offers UK industry and academia an unrivalled opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of technologies as well as the operations and maintenance aspects of offshore wind turbines, with the ultimate goal of reducing the cost of energy.
We are working closely with key academic and industry stakeholders to align the research programme of the Levenmouth turbine with industry priorities to drive cost reduction in offshore wind.
Initial projects will focus on the following areas:
We are committed to supporting the communities around the turbine through educational and training programmes delivered through local educational bodies, including Fife Council, Fife College, Levenmouth Academy and the Energy Skills partnership.
These programmes will both support local young adults to move on to further and higher education and develop a unique curriculum to ensure local training programmes deliver employment focused, in-demand skills to local people.