Northern Ireland offers some of the best access to offshore wind farms in the Irish Sea and the West Coast of Scotland and England.
We are already attracting significant investment and interest from international companies. The UK’s first bespoke offshore wind installation and assembly terminal was created at Belfast Harbour for DONG Energy. Our indigenous businesses are experienced in all areas of the sector from manufacturing, assembly and generation, to operations and maintenance, and provide a range of products and services across the world.
A number of collaborative networks have been established in the region to further build on supply chain success and capitalise on opportunities. These include the Global Wind Alliance and Seasource, comprising groups of businesses with complementary skill sets providing a range of services under a defined brand identity. There are also networks active in energy storage and skills development.
Our universities are pioneers in many areas of renewables, including marine energy technology. Northern Ireland is home to the world’s first full-scale commercial, grid connected, tidal turbine - Seagen, owned by MCT/Siemens – which is currently being tested in Strangford Lough. A number of other devices are also being tested including Minesto’s kite device.
Recently two new competence centres have been established to complement the 15 other research centres already in existence. The Centre of Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) and the Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE) both have a focus on industry driven research and are already making a mark internationally.
Northern Ireland is also emerging as a region of excellence in bio-fuels with a range of innovative design, manufacturing, installation, operation and maintenance companies within several sub-sectors including anaerobic digestion, biomass, energy from waste, feedstock supply and many more.
Marine Energy Supply Chain Gateway (MESCG)
MESCG is an interactive digital portal to support the development of the UK’s marine energy supply chain. It brings together data from six partners to provide a comprehensive guide to the marine energy supply chain in the UK. Find out further information about MESCG.