|Interreg branch:||Transnational (IVB)|
|Programme:||North Sea Region Programme|
|Budget:||5 million EUR|
POWER cluster is a project that aims to establish a business cluster for offshore wind power in the North Sea Region. It is part-funded by the North Sea Region Programme which is part of the transnational branch (IVB) of Interreg, one of the regional policy instruments of the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is the successor of the POWER project funded under Interreg IIIB.
Offshore wind power
Compared to onshore wind power, offshore wind power is more complex and costly to install and maintain but also has several key advantages. Winds are typically stronger and more stable at sea, resulting in significantly higher production per unit installed. Wind turbines can also be bigger than on land because it is easier to transport very large turbine components by sea. Offshore wind farms also have less potential to cause concern among neighbouring residents.
The wind resources over Europe's seas represent a vast, local source of clean, renewable energy. By generating electricity without fossil fuels and by creating jobs in a sector in which some European businesses are global leaders, offshore wind can contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, to ensuring security of supply and to improving EU competitiveness.
- Developing an offshore wind power cluster in the North Sea Region (NSR)
- Adapting and preparing the NSR workforce to the needs of offshore wind energy
- Creating a business platform to foster offshore wind energy development in the NSR
- Communicating the benefits of offshore wind energy to the public
The lead beneficiary of the POWER cluster project is the Bremerhaven Economic Development Company in Germany. Furthermore, there are 17 beneficiaries from six countries participating in the project.
|1||BIS Bremerhaven Economic Development Company Ltd.||Germany|
|2||SUBVE The Senator for Environment, Construction, Transport and European
Affairs, Free State of Bremen
|3||University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven||Germany|
|4||Technical College Bremerhaven||Germany|
|5||University of Oldenburg||Germany|
|6||Foundation Offshore Wind Energy||Germany|
|7||Ministry for Science, Economics and Transport, State of Schleswig-Holstein||Germany|
|8||WAK SH Academy of Economics of Schleswig-Holstein||Germany|
|9||Suffolk County Council||United Kingdom|
|10||EEEGR East of England Energy Group||United Kingdom|
|11||Northumberland College||United Kingdom|
|12||SDEO Southern Denmark European Office||Denmark|
|13||Offshore Center Danmark||Denmark|
|15||Delft University of Technology||Netherlands|
|17||Chalmers University of Technology||Sweden|
|18||Municipality of Öckerö||Sweden|