UK companies working in the wind, wave and tidal energy sectors are exporting goods and services worldwide on a large scale, according to a new report from RenewableUK.

The report – ‘Export Nation: A Year in UK Wind, Wave and Tidal Exports – sampled 36 UK-based companies that signed more than 500 contracts to work on renewable energy projects in 43 countries last year.

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The contracts ranged in value from £50,000 up to £30m each and include Gaia-Wind in Glasgow, which is exporting small onshore wind turbines to Tonga, and JDR Cables, which is manufacturing subsea power cables in Hartlepool for German offshore wind farms, R-UK said.

The report noted that the UK is also exporting its knowledge, with renewable energy consultancies in Bristol, Newcastle, Colchester and Winchester, winning contracts to plan and oversee the development of wind farms and other renewable energy projects in countries such as USA, China, India, Chile, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan and Mauritius.

R-UK executive director Emma Pinchbeck said: “We need to act swiftly to retain this competitive advantage or other nations will capitalise on the hard work our businesses have done to build opportunities.”

Image: JDR are manufacturing subsea cables for German offshore wind farms (JDR)