The Met Office is the UK’s national weather service. In 1990, it gained a certain level of commercial independence and has recently looked to grow its international business presence to make the most of global opportunities.
In 2010, the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Energy Team in Berlin arranged for a group of industry delegates from Germany to visit the Met Office’s Aberdeen branch. One of the visiting companies, Load & Energy Management (LEM) was impressed by the organisation and asked UKTI to arrange for further cooperation. The Berlin team arranged a meeting between LEM and the Met Office at the UK company’s headquarters in Exeter in June 2011, to discuss a project for one of LEM’s German customers.
Thanks to UKTI’s coordination in the UK and in Germany, the three companies signed an initial agreement in September 2011. UKTI oversaw a further meeting, in August 2012, and future wind and solar park projects are in the pipeline.
“We are grateful to the UKTI Energy Team in Berlin for their role in bringing us together for the joint project,” says Rob Harrison, Head of Renewables at the Met Office. “UKTI will now help us to find more European partner companies.”