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Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 2 June, 2003
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
North Eastern Scotland
Membership to European Strategic Cluster Partnerships (ESCP-4i or ESCP-S3): 
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Morag
McCorkindale
Cluster Manager
0044 1224 522104
mmccorkindale@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Languages spoken: 
English
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Business Services
Technology fields: 
Hydropower
Wind energy
S3 EU priority areas: 
Blue renewable energy
Power generation / renewable sources
Emerging industries: 
Blue Growth Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
150
Number of SME members: 
150
Number of start-ups among SME members: 
5
Number of larger company members: 
5
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
2
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

AREG is a pioneer in the promotion of opportunities for SMEs in blue energy.  Founded in 2000 as an energy policy advisory body, it was incorporated in 2003 and since then has run an active programme of activities to assist SMEs innovate, transfer skills and expertise from the oil and gas industry to renewables and win new business within Europe and further afield. 

 

Objectives

  • Facilitating technology innovation
  • Supporting the creation of a world class renewable energy supply chain based on oil and gas expertise and capability
  • Enabling  delivery of key renewable energy projects and their servicing
  • Supporting the creation and safeguarding of jobs
  • Contributing to the future sustainability of the local economy

 

In pursuit of these objectives activities include:

  • Building the AREG network to 150+ members with over 500 interested parties and providing networking, collaboration and partnering opportunities
  • Regular briefing sessions on new technology, industry challenges and solutions, finance, policy and regulation, engineering, projects in development, examples of collaboration and contracting opportunities (12 events per annum approximately 2,000 delegates over 4 years)
  • Channelling briefing event, conference and meet-the-buyer opportunities hosted by other networks to members (approximately 30 per year)
  • With sub-partner Aberdeen City Council, providing briefings on international opportunities including country briefings, operational and legal implications, VIP speakers from key markets and introduction to in-country support
  • Promotion of innovation challenges and opportunities and introductions to relevant agencies, support networks and companies
  • Production and promotion of membership information including membership directories, case studies, sectoral promotional material, media and marketing campaigns
  • Participation in conferences, exhibitions and events promoting the capabilities of members, the Aberdeen city and Shire supply chain and generating new contacts and business leads
Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Internationalisation support (= Access to third countries markets)
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Location promotion / attraction of Foreign Direct Investment
Details of support services: 

Founded by Aberdeen City council in 2000, AREG is one of the oldest and best established renewable energy organisations in the UK and the only one to specialise in renewables supply chain development.  AREG is based in Aberdeen city but with strong links to sister local authority Aberdeenshire and membership is open to any company or organisation anywhere in the world with a credible interest in renewable energy.  The city region is a global centre of energy development and management being home to 1,000+ local energy companies.  Globally active in 65 markets, Aberdeen city and Shire companies have the broad range of skills necessary to successfully develop, deploy, commercialise and export all types of offshore renewable energy technologies.

Key skills include:

  • Environmental, engineering, technical, commercial, legal, intellectual property, insurance, and risk assessment diligence services
  • Engineering design, prototyping, fabrication, certification
  • Modelling, project design, fabrication, commissioning, installation, management
  • Vessels, access, offshore services, anchoring, dynamic positioning, transhipment and decommissioning
  • Cable laying, trenching, moorings, electrical controls, temporary and portable power
  • Operations, maintenance, inspection, instrumentation, condition and performance monitoring, corrosion prevention, NDT, decontamination
  • Logistics, emergency response, standards, training, health and safety
  • Geotechnical, geophysical, oceanography, meteorology

 

Generally large scale fabrication is not carried out in Aberdeen city and Shire however it is commissioned and managed from the city region.  This means that the energy activities of Aberdeen city and Shire companies benefit companies in other regions and countries and that good relationships exist with major fabrication centres in Europe and beyond.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Brazil
Canada
Colombia
Mozambique
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Denmark
Norway
Sweden
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
FP7
H2020
INTERREG
Other

Hytransit

HyVloCity

Hytrec 2 

European Regional Development Fund

INTERREG North Sea Region Progrmme

Horizon 2020 - Fuel Cell Hydrogen Joint Undertaking