The Offshore Renewable Energy Science and Innovation Audit (SIA) was one of eight audits commissioned by the UK Government to set out the UK’s strengths in key areas. It reported that Scotland and the North of England are global leaders in innovation in this field. The report also found that jobs in these areas could double in the next fifteen years.
Now, I don’t mean to be mean about the grouping of the North of England with Scotland in this assessment but, frankly, I’ve read little to suggest anything near equivalence in the developing expertise in the two areas. Scotland has 25% of all of Europe’s wind potential and a coastline suitable for marine turbines many times greater than the North of England. Reports of innovation in the use of floating windfarms and marine turbines off Scotland’s coast appear weekly in the industry’s news outlets. I see next to nothing about such developments off the coast of the North of England. See, if you need to: