Two hi-tech companies join growing offshore renewable energy hub


Two hi-tech companies supporting the offshore wind farm industry have moved into a hub promoting innovation and growth in the renewable energy sector.

Vissim Renewables and Red Nine are the latest tenants to move into the OrbisEnergy building at Lowestoft in Suffolk – further strengthening its role as centre offering space, support and networking for a growing range of green energy companies.

Vissim provides real-time, integrated, monitoring systems for ships, personnel and assets ranging from wind farms to military missile ranges. Its integrated equipment and software handle services such as radar, radio, meteorological data, communications and CCTV.

The five-year-old company is based in Norwich, has a 60-strong workforce, tackling projects ranging from wind farms off Scotland and Germany as well as UK missile testing sites.

Managing director Glyn Grayson explained that the company will use its OrbisEnergy location to set up a marine control suite which will be used for training for up to six people.

But it can also be used as a standby control suite for clients if their own has problems.

He added: “This is an ideal coastal location – because we can rub shoulders with others in the offshore wind world, and it is as close as you can get to the wind energy environment.”

Red Nine designs bespoke information technology solutions. It is harnessing its experience in providing solutions in the inhospitable and remote locations for the oil and gas sector across the globe to branch out into offshore renewable energy.

The company, which has 45 staff and bases around the world, hopes setting up its first UK office at OrbisEnergy will help broker solutions to colleagues in the offshore wind sector.

Company director and consulting engineer Alan Leech said: “OrbisEnergy is a key location for developing offshore renewables. We have years of experience offshore, in oil & gas, but moving to OrbisEnergy will help us diversify and develop into the offshore renewables industry with a real emphasis on providing cost-optimised solutions. We will start with a two-man office, but plan to grow.”

OrbisEnergy, with its flexible office spaces, prides itself on providing scope for tenants to expand their operations as they grow.  

OrbisEnergy launched nine years ago as an innovation and incubation centre for the offshore renewables industry. The five-storey building with a landmark turbine tower overlooks the North Sea where most of its 160 tenants, who range of major wind farm developers to small support companies, have projects.

They all use the building’s shared facilities and support services, meeting rooms, networking and access to advice, grant funding and investment.

OrbisEnergy relationship manager Katie Snell said: “We are pleased to welcome Vissim and Red Nine to our growing family at OrbisEnergy. We are confident that their joining the hub, where they can work closely with companies in the sector, will benefit the companies and the offshore renewable energy industry, helping both to continue to grow.”

The hub is owned by Suffolk County Council and operated by Nwes, the UK’s largest enterprise agency, with support from energy industry experts at Nautilus Associates.

Find out more out OrbisEnergy, the office space and services it can offer, at, email or call Katie Snell on 01502 563368.

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1 Vissim Renewables managing director Glyn Grayson with colleagues James Offord and Rachel Morris at their new OrbisEnergy home.

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2 Red Nine director Alan Leech at the company’s new OrbisEnergy base.

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Editor’s Notes
1. OrbisEnergy is the Hub for Offshore Renewables in the East of England, a specialist innovation and incubation centre for the East of England’s offshore renewables energy business and a flagship building at Britain’s most easterly location, Ness Point in Lowestoft. It is owned by Suffolk County Council, and managed by enterprise agency Nwes working in partnership with energy industry consultants Nautilus Associates.
2. It is at the heart of the East of England’s offshore wind industry, which is at the centre of the world’s biggest market for offshore wind deployment and the UK’s most dense area of offshore wind development with a market value of more than £200bn.
3. OrbisEnergy brings together companies to help develop new business opportunities, generate work, projects and contacts, facilitating greater market share in the industry is key to ensuring supply chain companies have access to the wind, tidal and wave renewable energy.
4. Services at OrbisEnergy include:
• Flexible tenancies in high quality offices or virtual tenancies
• Unrivalled conference facilities
• Networking and business support


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Katie Snell

Having worked within the property department for 9 years, I have had the pleasure of working within the majority of the Nwes sites in the Norfolk and Waveney area. For the last 2.5 years I have been based at OrbisEnergy and more recently as Senior Coordinator overlooking the renewable hub and team.

Devon Mills

Devon has joined the team at OrbisEnergy as an Administration Coordinator in November 2014 and more recently a Centre Coordinator in January 2016. Having previously worked within various customer service roles she is pleased to be able to apply her skills and knowledge to her position at OrbisEnergy.

She is keen to build a strong understanding within the Offshore Renewable industry, whilst being able to develop a good mind for business and sales.

Johnathan Reynolds

Johnathan is responsible for all aspects of business and supply chain development for the flagship innovation and incubation centre for offshore renewables in the east of England, OrbisEnergy.

Matthew Holden

Matt’s role is Technical Support Manager, his main duty is leading the European Clusters for Offshore Wind Servicing Project (ECOWindS, on behalf of Nwes. In addition to ECOWindS Matt’s role is provide support for the property team and to carry out specific project work.

John Balch

John is Managing Director of Nautilus, Director of Nwes and Hub Director of OrbisEnergy and Beacon Innovation Centre. He is a mechanical engineer and has broad experience gained over 40 years in the international offshore industry.

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