- Published: 10 June 2020 10 June 2020
Eight UK organisations have signed new agreements to develop and provide renewable energy technologies, services and research in China. The eight innovators have all been supported by Tus-ORE Catapult Research Centre (TORC), the joint venture research and incubation centre established in March 2019 by the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and China’s Tus Wind.
Anakata Wind Power, a aerodynamics company with a background in Formula 1 design, has created Tus-Aero, a 50:50 joint venture company with Tus-Wind, to develop and supply its performance improving aerodynamic blade add-ons. Anakata has been working with TORC for the past year and has installed its technology on a number of Chinese onshore wind farms.
Six further UK companies have signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with TORC to develop collaborative projects for the Chinese market:
Aleron Group, specialists in remotely operated vehicles for the oil and gas industry, they design and manufacture subsea robotic systems and will bring their MultiRov product to the Chinese market.
Blueprint Subsea, design and manufacture products for the offshore, subsea and commercial diving markets.
Logan Energy, experts in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, designing, installing, commissioning, and maintaining integrated energy systems across the UK and Europe.
Miros Scotland, technology company with more than 35 years of experience providing sensors and systems for environmental monitoring to the offshore and maritime industry. Miros has been collaborating with ORE Catapult since 2019.
REOptimize Systems, start-up born from the Institute of Energy Systems (IES), delivering a system-wide approach to the optimisation of control settings of wind turbines, using machine learning & holistic system simulation. They will collaborate with TORC on bringing a wind turbine performance assessment and optimization service to market in China.
ZOEX Wave Power, a wave energy technology developer has designed a modular device to be attached to existing structures such as breakwaters, offshore wind platforms and aquaculture farms. They will collaborate with TORC to identify manufacture and demonstration partners in Asia.
In addition, a new academic research partnership has been formed, with an MOU between TORC and Harbin Engineering University (HEU) /Exeter University. Prof. Lars Johanning is in charge of the HEU Yantai research activities and a leading academic in marine renewables in the UK. His team will collaborate on developing an international academic / industry partnership to develop marine renewables.