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Offshore catapult lands at Inovo

Renewable initiative takes top floor at Glasgow innovation centre

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The UK Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is to be a key tenant at the new Inovo building at the International Renewable Energy and Technology Zone (ITREZ) in Glasgow.

The innovation catapult has taken an option on 20% of the building (pictured), which is scheduled to be completed in mid-July this year.

The 41,000 square foot facility is designed to house "renewable sector companies looking to collaborate with the University of Strathclyde and key industrial partners on innovations that can drive down costs helping Scotland maximise opportunities in renewable energy and enabling technology sectors".

ITREZ, developed by Scottish Enterprise, is located in Glasgow's Merchant City. "Inovo represents an important part of a growing cluster of R&D facilities for Scotland’s burgeoning renewables industry," said ScotEnt director of infrastructure Allan McQuade.

"The co-location of academia and industry within ITREZ provides an ideal breeding ground for industry to harness cutting edge research and access the best people to develop products and services which will shape the renewable industry of tomorrow," he added.

Strathclyde's nearby Technology and Innovation Centre is due to be complete at the site in summer 2014.

David Currie, Business Services Director at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, said: "The catapult aims to become the first port of call for those seeking innovation services. Being located in Inovo within the ITREZ campus positions the catapult in a research-rich environment, in close proximity to leading European university teams and research facilities, underpinning the value of integrated industry/academic applied research."

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