A centre for Innovation on the seabed
EDF Renewables is one of the UK’s leading renewable energy companies which develops, builds and operates generation projects with a focus on onshore and offshore wind as well as battery storage technology and new technologies. The company already operates more than 965MW with more than 2GW in planning and development. This include 1.1GW of consented projects including our Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind project in the Firth of Forth. EDF Renewables is a joint venture between EDF Energy and EDF Renewables Group. Mark Vyvyan–Robinson is the Director of Development and Investments at EDF Renewables.
“The Blyth offshore demonstrator project uses innovation to drive down the cost of offshore wind which means a better deal for consumers. The successful implementation of new technology on the project shows EDF Group’s expertise in offshore wind which we are developing further in the UK, France and beyond. Complex projects like these are only made possible by working closely with experienced stakeholders like The Crown Estate.”Visit EDF Renewables
Statnett and National Grid North Sea Link Limited are working together to construct an electricity link between Norway and the UK, North Sea Link (NSL). North Sea Link will connect the electricity systems of the two countries via high voltage subsea cables from Kvilldal in Norway to Blyth in the UK. Nick Reeves is NSL Contracts Manager.
“The seabed around the UK is becoming increasingly busy and the challenge for North Sea Link (NSL) was to identify a viable route to land. The Crown Estate’s proactive and partnership approach helped us to secure a route in both territorial waters and beyond. NSL will be the world’s longest subsea electricity cable and enable the sharing of zero carbon renewable energy between the UK and Norway. Once complete in 2021, NSL will make energy cleaner and more secure for consumers at both ends of the link.”Find out more about NSL
Adrian Fox joined The Crown Estate in 2009 and is the Head of Offshore Energy Assets for the Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure group. He leads the team responsible for active asset management of offshore infrastructure as well as the operational offshore wind fleet.
“These two projects started at different times and for different customers but together they are an important signal for the future. Not just on how innovation can deliver, but as ever more offshore wind and other renewables enter the grid, it seems inevitable that interconnectors and offshore wind will find co-development an effective partnership.”
Our role in offshore wind
Hear our team explain The Crown Estate’s role in the UK's offshore wind sector, unlocking the extraordinary potential of our seabed, to deliver clean, affordable, home-grown energy.Watch video
What we do on the seabed
More than just offshore energy, we also play an active role on the UK seabed in marine aggregates and cables and pipelines, as well as look after much of the UK foreshore.Find out more