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Offshoreenergy.dk, Business Academy Southwest (EASV) and nine partners round the North Sea have secured € 5.6 million in subsidies to give sub-contractors in the offshore wind industry easier access to testing and a framework for new cooperative relationships within the European offshore cluster. The grant is from the European Development Fund, Interreg, to fund the Inn2Power project.

The amount will be provided over a four-year project period to fund better testing facilities, boost cooperation and disseminate applied research to small and medium-sized companies across the the North Sea region. The project has 11 partners in Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the UK, some of whom can now expand on cooperation established between them during the ECOWindS project that ran from 2012-2015. Many of the most important discoveries made during that project will become the cornerstones of the new cooperation. In addition to Offshoreenergy.dk and EASV, the partners are Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Haven Oostende; Flanders’ Maritime Cluster; POM West-Vlaanderen (Belgium), Hochschule Bremerhaven and WAB e.V (Germany), Kent County Council and Norfolk and Waveney Enterprise Services Ltd. (UK) and Noordelijke Ontwikkelings Maatschappij and Provincie Groningen (The Netherlands).

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