Winds of change can help UK stretch lead in turbine industry

The Times 22 August 2014

A century ago, the Northumberland town of Blyth was a thriving hub of the British shipbuilding industry. Now, a new industry is springing up there that capitalises on Britain’s expertise in marine engineering and easy access to the sea.

In Blyth’s Victorian dry docks, where ships such as HMS Ark Royal were built, there is a state-of-the-art operation to test offshore renewable energy kit. Devices to convert wave and tidal power into renewable energy can be trialled and tweaked there before installation.

Elsewhere, there are wave machines that imitate the sea’s violent …

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