Specialist in wind turbine blade access and repair to open a Lowestoft office

31st August 2017

A globally renowned specialist in wind turbine rotor blade access and repair is expanding to north Suffolk.

Altitec has offices in London, Berlin, Dublin, Tallinn and Cape Town, but will soon operate from a satellite office space at Lowestoft’s OrbisEnergy renewable energy innovation hub.

The new base will put the company in prime position to take advantage of the growing opportunities in offshore wind off the east coast.

Altitec was set up 15 years ago and since 2010 technicians have inspected more than 3,000 blades and 1000 turbines worldwide.

The independently-operated rope access, blade inspection and repair business has a team of up to 50 expert technicians who service onshore and offshore wind farms all over the globe.

Managing director Tom Dyffort said: “Lowestoft is an important port location for offshore services and the wider industry, so it is extremely interesting for us to set down some roots on the east coast and engage in all kinds of services.

“We plan to open an office, which is currently unoccupied and have a business address in the area, with the aim to install a representative there at a later stage. It is important for company preservation and also for business development.”

Altitec has recently won a £50,000 grant to develop a sophisticated new reporting system designed to provide clients with real-time data.

With the help of funding from the Supply Chain Innovation for Offshore Renewable Energy (SCORE) programme, the company is expanding its portfolio by introducing an asset management system, which uses an online database to measure the work of technicians as it happens, along with storing client specific responses.

The £6m SCORE grant scheme, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, helps companies across the UK explore new innovations that solve problems and drive efficiency in offshore renewables, bringing benefit to eastern England.

SCORE project manager Rob Bush said: “This is a brilliant example of how the SCORE grant can support a business. Altitec’s technicians are leading the pack globally so anything to enhance the company’s work is beneficial.

“Through the reporting system wind farm operators will be able to access data on the move, this is not only an innovative idea that Altitec has developed, but it is one which will deliver a cost-saving to operators, which as these assets move out of their warranty will become increasingly important.”

For more about SCORE grants visit http://www.orbisenergy.co.uk/funding-grants/score-grant-funding/
Follow on Twitter @SCOREgrants

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Photo caption: (picture credit Altitec)
An Altitec technician working at Scroby Sands.

Media contacts (not for publication):
Issued on behalf of SCORE by TMS Media
For more information contact SCORE project manager Rob Bush on 01502 509388, robert.bush@nwes.org.uk
Or Louisa Lay at TMS Media, 01493 662929, louisa@tms-media.co.uk

Notes to Editors

  • The SCORE – Supply Chain innovation for Offshore Renewable Energy – programme is delivered by enterprise experts Nwes at OrbisEnergy in partnership with energy industry experts Nautilus Associates and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.
  • SCORE is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is open to companies with fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than 50 million euros. Grants are available for up to 40% of eligible costs or £50,000, whichever is the lower, with a minimum grant of £2,500. Start-up and established companies in the four counties can apply.
  • The funding is designed to help companies in a wide range of areas, including research and development, collaboration with universities and research bodies, securing patents, acquiring specialist equipment or services and investigating the commercial viability of processes and technologies.
  • Applications are welcome from companies nationwide providing they can prove economic benefits to the East of England.
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