Funding for new Aura Innovation Centre
On 26 April, Aura announced that it has secured major funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of £4 million to build the Aura Innovation Centre (AIC).
Supported by a further £2.5 million from Green Port Hull and £5.5 million match funding from the University of Hull, the Centre, which will be built at Bridgehead near the Humber Bridge, will provide a focus for business to drive innovation through collaboration in the low-carbon energy sector. Construction on the AIC is expected to commence towards the end of 2018 with completion by end 2019.
The development and presence of the AIC in the Humber region will strengthen the region’s international standing as a centre of excellence in offshore wind innovation.
Dr David Richards, Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Enterprise at the University of Hull, said “I am delighted to see that this vision is becoming a reality. We still have a lot to do but this is certainly the right time - this major win for the region comes just as a sector deal for offshore wind is being negotiated with the Government. Part of the industry's vision is to create clusters, much like the activity here in this region, which will bring growth not only to the sector but to other industries. Additionally, last week the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) announced a review of the supply chain, and part of that review is looking at how SMEs can join this growing industry.”
Aura, with support from GreenPortHull, brings together significant expertise in renewable energy through a powerful partnership that includes Ørsted and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, the universities of Hull, Sheffield and Durham, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC), CATCH (an industry led training partnership), the National Oceanography Centre and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
It’s about fostering a place where collaboration can happen easily to kick-start the low-carbon energy supply chain here in the Energy Estuary. By bringing together all the different players to develop a robust and sustainable network, we will ensure that the UK continues to lead the way in offshore wind, regionally, nationally and globally.Ben George, Director, Aura