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The Humber is showcasing its offer to 5000 delegates from the renewable energy industry this week at Renewables UK 2012, one of the UK’s largest renewable energy events.

The Humber’s strength in this sector was recognised in The Times yesterday as ‘an example of an emerging cluster of marine and engineering excellence’ in its wind and energy supplement which is being distributed at the conference.

Visitors to the stand will hear how the Humber is progressing to create one of the world’s largest renewable energy manufacturers thanks to our key advantages of being the closest to all three of the UK’s largest planned offshore wind farms and the UK’s largest development sites adjacent to deep water ports, offering Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their supply chains the opportunity to co-locate to make cost reductions on a major scale.

Grimsby, closest to the mouth of the Humber, is already established as an operations and maintenance base and is servicing Rounds 1 and 2 offshore wind farms through Centrica, RES and Siemens who have chosen to locate here.

Green Port Hull and Able Marine Energy Park are being developed to attract wind turbine manufacturers and their supply chains. These two sites are part of the largest Enterprise Zone in the country, offering fast track planning and tax breaks, as well as being designated a Core Centre of Renewable Engineering in the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan.

The exhibition follows news last week of the Humber now securing £35m Regional Growth Funding to support the development of a renewable energy cluster here, in addition to a further £30m for business expansion programmes in other key Humber sectors including logistics, knowledge based manufacturing, healthcare, food and digital. 

Humber LEP Manager Richard Kendall said: “This is the second impressive presence we have led at a major renewables exhibition, which is helping to reinforce the Humber’s growing reputation in this sector.  We are seeing good interest in the Humber from visitors to the event.  The extra £30 million in Regional Growth Funding won by the LEP recently, which comes on top of previous RGF wins and the Enterprise Zones, are added incentives to support our leading offer in terms of sites, location and supply chain.”

The exhibition stand is hosting representatives from the Humber LEP, the four Humber local authorities and Scarborough Borough Council, Team Humber Marine Alliance, Grimsby Renewables Partnership, University of Hull as well as 9 companies from the region.

Over 5,000 participants are expected at Renewable UK’s 34th Annual Conference and Exhibition, where delegates are encouraged to share ideas, network and do business with some of the leading companies in renewable energy.  Delegates can visit the Humber on stand 203.


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