COMPANIES in the offshore wind sector are to benefit from £1.5m of funding aimed at increasing innovation, reducing costs and encouraging further investment. The Scottish Government has made the award to the Carbon Trust to support its Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) research and design programme. Set up in 2008, the OWA has driven forward new technologies in the sector, seen by the renewables industry as a key area for growth. Previous funding rounds have supported research into the floating wind technology market and into the use of concrete foundations for offshore windfarms in deeper waters.
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Steel firm Liberty House has bought a plant to make wind towers and large-scale tubular steel fabrication. The firm said the move takes forward its plans to build a fully-integrated steel and engineering business across the UK. The equipment will form the heart of a new manufacturing centre which will eventually supply the growing offshore wind market and turbine casings for tidal lagoon power. The company will recruit a workforce of more than 100 for the new enterprise, including engineers, welders, fabricators, assemblers, blasters and painters, with further jobs expected. Liberty’s newly-acquired steel plants at Dalzell and Clydebridge in Scotland will make the heavy-duty steel plate required for the towers. The mothballed Scottish plate mills began recruitment last week with a view to re-starting production in September.
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