Brian Wilson: The failure to bring even a fraction of the Seagreen windfarm contracts to Scottish yards is a scandal on several levels and politicians should unite to insist on a forensic inquiry into how it happened – yet again. In a sensible world, the Scottish and UK Parliaments would mount a joint inquiry for both governments have huge questions to answer about this latest abject failure and how repetitions can be averted in future. Tens of thousands of well-paid jobs and a huge boost for Scottish and UK industry are the prizes at stake with the next round of “floating wind” contracts in prospect.
Energy Voice 6th Oct 2020 read more »
The European Commission is investing EUR 14 million in the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) program. The financing will be used to carry out a study to support the development of the project. Consortium partners behind the NSWPH, Gasunie, TenneT Netherlands, TenneT Germany, and Energinet have joined together to develop a large-scale European energy system for offshore wind in the North Sea over the next few decades. The project is based on a ”hub and spoke” concept, where wind farms will connect to one or several hub islands via alternating current cables. Power is converted into direct current electricity by converters on the hub islands before being exported by a series of interconnectors (the spokes) to connecting North Sea countries.
Offshore Wind Biz 5th Oct 2020 read more »
‘It’ll be around forever’: fossil fuel workers switch to new jobs in renewables. Those hoping to future-proof their careers are turning to green industries such as windfarms. The rise of Britain’s offshore wind industry has made the giant turbines dotting its coastlines one of the country’s greatest industrial success stories since the discovery of North Sea oil. It has been a rapid ascent, with the transformation from high-stakes gamble to industrial triumph taking place over the last five years. Other renewable technologies are also quietly subverting decades of energy industry dogma. In Nottinghamshire, disused mining sites host tens of thousands of solar panels, while in West Lothian an old open-cast mine has found a second life as the site for an onshore windfarm. Twenty miles away in Edinburgh another defunct colliery is the site of plans to create geothermal heating sourced from underground pools of water left behind after the coal reserves were depleted. Meanwhile, North Sea oil engineers are shifting their focus from oil-rich reserves to empty subsea caverns that have the potential to store millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide emitted from the flues of power plants and factories.
Guardian 6th Oct 2020 read more »