Clipper Windpower Plans to Build Offshore Wind Blade Factory

Clipper-WindpowerClipper Windpower planned to build a 4,00 m2 factory that will employ around 500 people at Neptune Estate, Tyne to produce offshore wind turbine blades. This region has badly suffered during recession, so it would be a boost for them. The company claims that it would have the world's largest blades that would be able to generate up to 10 megawatts of electricity, enough for 10,000 homes.

Clipper will build a manufacturing facility on the same site, if the blades succeed. A Department of Energy and Climate Change which awarded a grant of 4.46 million to Clipper in September 2009 will contribute some of the costs related to the development of the Britannia offshore wind turbine blade and factory.

"Over the next few years, with the development of the Britannia turbine the UK will benefit through the supply of electricity based on its abundant offshore wind energy resource, and also with economic activity related to turbine manufacturing, offshore installation, and long term operations and servicing. The offshore wind market in the UK is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting sectors in the global renewable energy industry", said James G. P. Dehlsen, Chairman of Clipper.