Vince Cable launches £33m wind project

On the 23rd of July, Vince Cable launched the £33m Efficient Offshore Wind Programme (EOWP) at the Artemis premises in Loanhead.

In the photograph above, Dr Cable is shown with Mr Akio Fukui, Chairman of Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe, the owners of Artemis Intelligent Power.

The EOWP is supported by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and administered through the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). The partners are Mitsubishi Power Systems Europe (MPSE), Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), Technip Offshore Wind and Wood Group Renewables. The launch was held in the new Artemis 1,000 square metre test lab which has been built to accommodate test equipment and development work for the Digital Displacement® transmissions (DDT)  that will be used in the new generation of offshore 7 MW wind turbines.

Vince Cable speaking at Launch_dsc1668 (400w)

Introducing the project and speaking in the new Artemis high-power test lab,  Dr Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills said, “The UK is well placed to seize the benefits of a transition to a low carbon economy boasting the largest single market for offshore wind in the world and a strong engineering heritage. Mitsubishi are an innovative company with a history in developing successful technologies. This project, supported by £14.3m in Government funding, demonstrates that they have recognised the UK’s strengths in offshore engineering and chosen to develop their next generation turbine here.”

Follow this link to read a piece about the Launch in The Edinburgh Reporter .