David Brown set to receive grant for wind-turbine gearbox

David Brown Gear Systems has been awarded a £1.2m grant to help develop its 7MW offshore wind-turbine gearbox.

David Brown’s technology will be used for Samsung Heavy Industries’ new turbine.

The gearbox, through its low weight and compact design, can reportedly improve cost of ownership and lower the cost of energy for wind-turbine operators.

It is the first company to be awarded funding under DECC and the Technology Strategy Board’s Offshore Wind Component Technologies Innovation scheme, which is worth around £5m.

Launched last November, the scheme aims to help innovators with novel ideas to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy.