Offshore power of all kinds

In October 2005, Scottish Enterprise invited me to visit a number of the newer technology companies in Aberdeen. The focus was on the North Sea's oil and gas industry, but almost all of the companies visited also already had part of their attention on offshore alternative energy opportunities, primarily wind and tidal. Companies such as Rotech and impROV have continued to pursue roles in both the renewable and hydrocarbons segments, while at the same time expanding to either open offices around the world (Rotech) or be acquired by more established firms such as Fugro (impROV). Nearly 7 years later the overall process of leveraging oil and gas experience into renewables remains uneven. The...

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