Renewables/Energy Transition

Renewables/Energy Transition

Nigg best placed to create offshore wind jobs

06/08/2016

Nigg Energy Park has been identified as the best prepared of Scotland's east coast ports to create jobs from offshore wind contracts in a new industry report. The Cromarty Firth facility's potential was highlighted in the findings of a strategic review, which also examined the capabilities of Invergordon, Aberdeen, Dundee, Montrose, Methil and Rosyth as well as ports on England's east coast. Conducted by the Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC), the study focused on the capability of ports to carry out "staging" work, storing and loading offshore wind farm components and carrying out pre-construction activities. It also assessed their ability to manufacture large components in or near their sites.

Renewables/Energy Transition

EDF launches new 6 turbine wind farm near Stirling

05/08/2016

EDF Energy Renewables today announced the launch of its six turbine wind farm in the Ochil Hills near Stirling. The Rhodders wind farm is located near EDF’s existing Burnfoot Hill and Burnfoot North developments to the north of Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire. The latest addition takes EDF’s combined electricity generation capacity in the area to 42 megawatts (MW), which is enough to cover the average annual demand of all the homes in Clackmannanshire.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Scottish university spin-out targets renewables market following six-figure investment

02/08/2016

A Scottish university spin-out which makes sensors for detecting faults on electricity grids has scooped investments totalling £370,000. Synaptec plans to use the money to hire more staff members and break into the renewable energy and subsea markets. The batch of funding came from business angel syndicate Equity Gap, the Scottish Investment Bank, Scottish Enterprise, and Strathclyde University, where the company originated.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Updated: Scottish tourism employment figures not affected by wind farms – report

02/08/2016

The spread of onshore wind farms in Scotland has not affected the number of people working in the tourism industry, either for better or worse, according to new research. Biggar Economics said its report did show that some areas which enjoyed the greatest rise in tourism employment also saw the biggest increase in turbine numbers, but could not prove a direct relationship between the two trends. The Midlothian-based economics consultancy drew its conclusions from its study of 18 Scottish sites between 2009 and 2013.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Ecosse Subsea Systems doubles workload on Baltic wind farm project

01/08/2016

Ecosse Subsea Systems (ESS) has doubled its workload on a Baltic Sea wind farm project, the Banchory-based engineering firm said today. Italian company Prysmian Group last year subcontracted ESS to carry out pre-cut seabed trenching for Wikinger, a planned 70-turbune wind farm off Germany. ESS has now agreed to take on the route clearance and seabed preparation work on the Wikinger development, which has been led by Spain’s Iberdrola since 2010.

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