Equinor has partnered with Integrated Smart Energy Laboratory (ISEL), a sub-group of North East Energy Catalyst, through which the developer will work with UK research institutes to support research and development activities targeting key energy challenges. offshore wind industry.
ISEL combines existing smart grid capabilities from Durham University, Newcastle University and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) catapult in Blyth, creating new capacity with an internationally unique offering, Equinor said.
The Norwegian company, announced last year as a partner of the North East Energy Catalyst network, will provide offshore wind farm data to support data analysis driving innovations in areas of interest to ISEL, including full system integration modelling, hydrogen production matching via electrolysis, offshore asset maintenance forecasting, and cybersecurity & blockchain.
“Offshore wind is experiencing significant growth in the UK and new innovations are needed to keep up with the pace and scale of construction. We are extremely proud to work with internationally renowned universities and research institutes here in the region to help advance industry learning,” said Tom RossignolNorth East Stakeholder Manager at Equinor.
“Equinor is committed to delivering on our commitments to the offshore wind sector and this partnership supports our ambitions to work with the North East Offshore Wind Cluster where we will operate our flagship Dogger Bank project.”
Equinor, together with SSE Renewables and Eni, is currently developing the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the 3.6 GW Dogger Bank Wind Farm, located over 130 kilometers off the northeast coast of England .
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