Energy for the future
World-leading renewable and low energy carbon technologies are being developed at the New and Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in Northumberland. This has research and testing facilities for wind turbines and blades, photovoltaic (PV) energy from light cells, wave and tidal power machines and subsea systems. The Port of Blyth has deep-water berths with large cargo handling capabilities.
Leading international companies such as Clipper Windpower have been attracted to the area because of the resources and work being carried out at Narec. The company has located its European research centre in Northumberland, where it has developed the world’s largest offshore wind turbine through the Britannia Project.
Northumberland has abundant supplies of water. Kielder, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in Europe, was built in the middle of vast forests. The county also has large areas of farmland where there is the potential to grow substantial quantities of energy crops and produce biomass fuels.
In the Blyth Valley and Wansbeck areas of south-east of Northumberland, centred on the towns of Cramlington and Ashington, are important manufacturing complexes. These have superb industrial parks that provide a base for significant concentrations of pharmaceutical and engineering companies.
Northumberland also has some of the most attractive coastline and countryside in the UK, as well as the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site. This has enabled the county to build a thriving and rapidly growing visitor economy. And a comprehensive broadband infrastructure has encouraged the development of innovative hi-tech businesses close to market towns such as Morpeth, Alnwick and Hexham, and in purpose-built centres in rural areas.
The US energy giant Clipper Windpower has developed a wind turbine in Northumberland that is able of generating enough power for 5,500 homes. The company is in prime position to seize the opportunities emerging from the projected creation of enormous offshore wind farms in the North Sea off Northumberland.
The major Japanese group Yanmar, which manufactures diesel engines for industrial, agricultural and military uses, is developing a small-scale combined heat and power system. It is carrying out R&D work on its biodiesel technology at NaREC, and making use of the centre’s Clothier testing facilities.
Aesica’s manufacturing site at Cramlington produces active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for the drugs and biotechnology markets worldwide. The company has two computer controlled plants at the complex and a technical centre with state-of-the-art process development capabilities.
ComeSys Europe, also based in Cramlington, designs and manufactures advanced electronic control systems for all types of commercial vehicles and industrial applications. It has five main categories of products – drive-by-wire accelerator pedals, hand controls, thermal systems, instrumentation and sensors.
Based at Prudhoe, The Specials Laboratory is one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies in the UK, producing medicines for hospitals and high street retailers. It also has clean room facilities for packaging test samples of newly developed drugs.
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