New testing centre set for Dundee

A new test centre, backed primarily by the European Regional Development Fund will be set up in Dundee, it has been reported.

By K.Steiner-Dicks on Jan 15, 2014

The £2m Marine Renewables Test Centre at the University of Dundee will become a facility for the development, design and testing of construction materials and prototype foundations for offshore wind farms. The findings from the testing is likely to help out other marine-based power sectors, including tidal energy, as well as the general offshore supply chain, which can benefit tidal power projects.

Professor Rod Jones, head of the new centre, said the new centre will responsible for demonstrating and certifying marine materials and structures, which are particularly needed by industry if the region wants to successfully deploy the systems required to exploit Scotland's natural resources in wind and marine energy.

Energy minister Fergus Ewing said, according to a report by The Herald Scotland: "The creation and launch of the Marine Renewables Test Centre located at the University of Dundee is a further demonstration of Scotland's continued commitment to the development and future commercialisation of the marine renewables industry in Scotland."