The PowerHouse is a new applied research centre dedicated to developing floating offshore wind and green hydrogen technologies. It will become a global centre of excellence and renewable energy innovation, reinforcing the UK’s position as a world leader in floating offshore wind and green hydrogen developments at commercial scale.
The centre’s initial focus will be in floating offshore wind and green hydrogen substructure manufacture and deployment. The centre will also act as a specialist educational hub to deliver training modules from STEM activities for school pupils to continuous professional development (CPD) for workers interested in joining the renewable energy industry, throughout the Highlands and beyond, to ensure people across the region have the skills and experience to take advantage of these nationally significant projects being constructed in the region. Hosted by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) at Tern House, Alness, the PowerHouse will combine the best international research and development with leading industry at the heart of industrial deployment of these emerging technologies.
Tern House is located on the Cromarty Firth, which is a strategic, national renewable energy hub with a proven track record in supporting onshore and offshore renewable energy projects. The existing cluster of business and investment in the Firth is expanding due to the location of the ScotWind leasing sites and new manufacturing and production facilities are being established for floating substructures, steel offshore wind components and green hydrogen.