New Next-Gen Offshore Windtech Developement Centre Opens in Scotland
A £12.5 million next-generation wind technology centre was officially opened in Scotland last week by first minister Alex Salmond and Jorge Calvet, the chief executive and chairman of leading international wind-turbine manufacturer Gamesa.
Looking to increase its engineer workforce to 180 after 3 years, the Spanish based company set up its Offshore Wind Technology Centre at Strathclyde business park, just eight miles outside of Glasgow City Centre. The centers sole work focus will be on the design and development of the company’s offshore wind platform (G14X-6/7.0MW).
The official opening of the centre was carried out at the end of the two-day Scottish Low Carbon investment conference, where over 600 delegates and 100 speakers (including former American Vice-President Al Gore and Nobel Laurette) got together to discuss the challenges of financing and also the opportunities of clean tech innovations, including offshore renewable energy.
There is also talks about a £150m Gamesa maintenance and manufacturing base that may also be located in Tayside, Dundee-or Hartlepool-although a final decision on this matter will not be discussed until October
Not only will the opening of the centre be a big plus for Scotland’s overall contribution to the global fight against climate change, ensuring a ‘sustainable’ economic future . But the offshore plans will also help create a lot jobs in the renewable energy sector for local and skilled workers.