“Inn2POWER” project strengthens small and medium enterprises of the leading offshore wind energy regions

Monday, 12 June, 2017 - 10:45
Andreas Wellbrock, Managing Director of WAB, Inn2POWER’s German partner, emphasizes the support for offshore wind SMEs. (Photo: WAB / Torsten Thomas)
Andreas Wellbrock, Managing Director of WAB, Inn2POWER’s German partner, emphasizes the support for offshore wind SMEs. (Photo: WAB / Torsten Thomas)

The four-year EU Interreg project “Inn2POWER - Innovation to Push Offshore Wind Energy Regions” was officially launched during the London Offshore Wind Energy 2017 event.

Inn2POWER is an initiative of eleven partners from the five leading offshore wind clusters in the North Sea Region. It is the first project in which regional clusters from the United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany will work closely together to link small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across borders to foster their involvement in innovative business collaboration.

The four-year project was presented for the first time at the end of 2016 and will conclude in October 2020. It is supported by the European Union with funding from the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the Interreg North Sea Region Programme.

Inn2POWER’s goal is to expand innovation capacity and improve access to the offshore wind industry for SMEs. The project will provide targeted support to SMEs for developing transnational business connections and collaboration on innovation. Moreover, it will move to improve access to relevant infrastructure such as research test sites and harbour facilities in particular, and to increase the availability of skilled workers in the North Sea Region’s offshore wind clusters.

“We are looking to encourage German companies to enter more readily into cooperative efforts with partners in the North Sea Region, adding to regional strengths and stimulating new systematic innovations that make the offshore wind industry competitive,” said Andreas Wellbrock, Managing Director of WAB, Inn2POWER’s German partner. “We look forward to intensifying our support of offshore wind SMEs facing far more challenging conditions, compared to larger companies, for gaining a foothold and staying in business in Europe’s very dynamic market,” he added.

WAB / Silke Funke

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