"Obviously, we have Narec
Distributed Energy and a few others here in the North East, but Narec
are the big one.
Renewable energy training will be provided by Narec
Distributed Energy (Narec
DE), a spin out company from the UK National Renewable Energy Centre, with support from a number of other organisations for the Sunderland based project.
Richard trained as a chartered accountant with PwC and moved to the corporate finance team, where he worked for eight years before moving to Narec
, where he was finance director and oversaw the rapid expansion of the facilities, including securing over PS100m of investment and the associated growth of the business He said: "During my time at PwC I was very fortunate to work with eaga, advising on strategic options "I have also had experience of employee ownership models within North East businesses, so I am delighted to be taking up this role with the eaga Trust at such an exciting time, with membership expanding rapidly and exciting new projects in the pipeline" Trust chairman Ken Temple said: "We are delighted to welcome Richard to the eaga Trust.
The SPARTA (System Performance, Availability and Reliability Trend Analysis) project will be funded and managed by ORE Catapult in close collaboration with Narec
. ORE Catapult and The Crown Estate will work with offshore wind farm owner/operators to make improvements to wind turbine operational performance by increasing safety, reliability and availability.
's facilities are being used by companies looking to test their renewable energy devices, but those devices are not being made on these shores (on the day of PE's visit, Narec
was testing a tidal device from Atlantis Resources, which manufactures, and has testing sites, in Australia and Singapore).
The model of the furnace purchased is HSH2503-0509, which will be used in Narec
's solar cell metallization process.
already tests blades of up to 70m but, as global demand for renewable energy grows, installed capacity will rise, meaning bigger turbines, and more of them.
JDR is one of three projects to receive support from Narec
's PS2.8m public-private initiative, which helps SMEs in the region move into the rapidly developing offshore wind and marine renewable energy supply chain.
More than 63.5 million [pounds sterling] is being invested in Narec
by local and national government over the next few years in an attempt to kickstart an industrial cluster in the North East, which is well located to serve offshore turbines in the North Sea.
Business Northumberland business adviser, Ian Coull, said: "The event in partnership with Narec
Distributed Energy is a great opportunity for local entrepreneurs to learn about the renewable sector and find out how it could benefit their business.