Surf ‘n’ Turf

Tue, 07 April 2015

The Scottish government has granted GBP 1.35 million (USD 2m/EUR 1.85m) to finance a community renewable energy project in Orkney, combining tidal and wind turbines through the Local Energy Challenge Fund.

The Orkney Surf ‘n’ Turf scheme will use two tidal and one wind turbine on the island of Eday to generate electricity. The additional power produced will be used to produce compressed hydrogen, which will be transported to Kirkwall. A specially designed fuel cell will convert this hydrogen into electrical power for buildings and the docked ferries at the harbour.

Orkney Islands Council, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Community Energy Scotland and Eday Renewable Energy are the partners involved in this project.

The Local Energy Challenge Fund has so far awarded more than GBP 20 million in financing to energy projects. Its second round has already been launched.

A major milestone targeted by the Scottish government is that it plans to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

Source: Jake Frith

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