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Scotland Tackles Climate Change

Scotland Tackles Climate Change

As the climate summit COP24 (Conference of Parties) in Katowice, Poland this week stark warnings emerged with senior figures stating that the “world is at a crossroads” and that climate change was now a “matter of life and death.” Sir David Attenborough speaking at the summit opening said “The world’s people have spoken – time …

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Scotland’s Energy Security

Scotland’s Energy Security

A new report from the Institution of Engineers in Scotland (IESIS) has claimed that a massive gap in the electricity system caused by the closure of coal-fired power stations and growth of unpredictable renewable generation has created the real prospect of complete power failure which could lead to sustained black-outs and power outages. They go …

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Rural Scotland supports new onshore wind developments

Rural Scotland supports new onshore wind developments

In the wake of the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report last week the focus on what can be done to remedy  the situation has intensified. Carbon emissions must be reduced – and even reversed – on both macro and micro levels with everybody contributing, from governments to corporations to individuals. The …

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report

Major tremors rippled throughout the worlds of science and the environment this week with the publication of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on global warming and its effects. The report which had initially set the target of keeping global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius now claims that we are completely off track instead …

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Pump Storage Hydro at the Hoover Dam

Pump Storage Hydro at the Hoover Dam

The Hoover Dam, one of the most iconic structures in the USA, could be converted into a pumped storage hydro project according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The project which would cost upwards of $3 billion would install a pumping station approximately 20 miles downstream from the existing dam and …

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The Balancing Mechanism

The Balancing Mechanism

The Balancing Mechanism (BM) is one of the tools used by National Grid to balance electricity supply and demand close to real time. Electricity cannot currently be stored at scale and must be manufactured at the time of demand and so it is becoming increasingly important for the success of the transition to more flexible, …

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UK Offshore Generation Capacity Set To Double

UK Offshore Generation Capacity Set To Double

A new Government initiative launched last week is set to double the UK’s offshore capacity over the next ten years. If this does come to pass, then between 20% and 30% of the UK’s electricity will come from offshore wind generation. This is partly due to vastly reduced development costs making offshore wind an increasingly …

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Major hydro project proposed for Loch Ness

Major hydro project proposed for Loch Ness

Details of our proposed Red John pump storage hydro project in Scotland’s Highlands were released this week with a number of outlets including the BBC and The Times picking it up. Plans for a new 400MW pumped hydro scheme east of Loch Ness will be unveiled next week, providing new energy storage that is fundamental …

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Wind and solar can continue to play a major role in our energy mix

Wind and solar can continue to play a major role in our energy mix

A new report from the consultancy firm Vivid Economics in partnership with Marki Aunedi from the Imperial College engineering faculty has stated that the UK power system can decarbonise by 2030 without the requirement of new biomass, nuclear or carbon capture developments. The report claims that wind and solar can provide more than 60% of …

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Combining Battery Storage with Pump Hydro

Combining Battery Storage with Pump Hydro

Bavaria in southern Germany – which already sources 43% of its energy generation from renewables – last week saw the unveiling of a new multi-million euro project consisting of a battery storage system combined with a pump storage hydro plant operated by multi-national utility Engie. The event was attended by the Bavarian state minister for …

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