For Prof Dan Parsons, director of the energy and environment institute at Hull University, being based in one of the windiest areas in Britain is a major bonus. It’s where he’s set up a wind farm cluster called Aura, named after the Greek deity who could run as fast as the wind. He’s doubly fortunate because last week the government announced it would be investing in a major expansion of the offshore wind sector, in the hope that the renewable energy source will provide a third of Britain’s electricity by 2030. Parsons’s team, just down the road from the world’s largest wind farm on the Humber Estuary, will be at the heart of it. To make sure the university understands what the industry needs, Aura’s board brings together all the major business players with academic experts from Hull and elsewhere to identify gaps in research, innovation and skills. The new wind deal is set to triple jobs in this sector, with nearly 20,000 new highly skilled jobs by 2030. “We will be crucial in meeting those skills needs, with courses including degree apprenticeships. Aura has been working to identify what sort of people are needed to drive this technology into the future,” Parsons says.
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