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Energi Coast

Energi Coast is North East England's offshore wind cluster. It is one of 8 regional clusters developed as part of the Government's Offshore Wind Sector Deal to enhance engagement with regional supply chains to increase competitiveness and build capacity. 

Durham Energy Institute is a key member of the two leading regional clusters: Energi Coast and Aura, the Humber cluster.

Made up of more than 30 key regional businesses and stakeholder organisations involved in offshore wind, Energi Coast works to showcase the vast offshore wind supply chain capabilities within North East England and promote the region as a key hub for servicing both the UK and International offshore wind markets.

Innovation Group

Durham Energy Institute leads the Energi Coast Innovation Group which aims to develop long term solutions to meet the requirements for new technology in offshore wind.

The group is led by Simon Hogg, Ørsted Professor in Renewable Energy and Head of the Department of Engineering at Durham University, with coordination support from Evelyn Tehrani, DEI. 

The Group has been established to progress major innovation opportunities for the region’s offshore wind industry in areas such as operations and maintenance and energy storage. The Group will help to identify and develop opportunities to deliver innovation that will maximise the economic benefit from Offshore Wind to North East England over the next decade and beyond 2030.

The Leadership team for the Innovation group is made up of key representatives from the offshore wind sector, regional universities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and industry.

Members include: 

AIS Group, Aura (the Humber cluster), Cathie, DeepOcean, Durham University, GE Renewable Energy, MPI Offshore / Van Oord, North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, Osbit, Port of Tyne, Royal IHC, SMD, Tees Valley Combined Authority, Teesside University, Tekmar, RWE Renewables (Sofia Offshore Wind Farm), Equinor and SSE Renewables.

Find out more about Energi Coast regional cluster at

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