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Gravity foundation research secured

Gravitas Offshore has secured funding from DECC and the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) offshore wind components technologies scheme to carry out research on design and construction of concrete gravity foundations for large offshore wind turbines.

The company – a joint venture of Hochtief, Arup and Costain – will use the £556,250 grant to demonstrate the cost-effectiveness of the technique and also to develop standards for the solution, which is expected to play a key part in delivering Round Three wind farm developments.

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said: “This investment from DECC will help Gravitas Offshore develop and demonstrate the benefits of its innovative turbine foundation design, cutting costs for offshore wind and helping it enter the growing green market place.”

DECC and TSB are expected to provide a further £10M of grants in two phases in 2012 for schemes that could reduce the cost of offshore and wind energy through innovation in offshore wind component technology, manufacture and installation.

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