SCOTLAND is set to take the lead in the search for the Holy Grail of renewable energy with developments based on a new battery system that will store power on tap from a North Sea offshore wind farm. Hywind Scotland, the world’s first commercial floating offshore wind farm – set to be constructed off Aberdeenshire – will power Batwind, the integrated energy storage system which is being developed in cooperation with Scottish universities and has the support of the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise. Batwind is designed to store electricity generated by Hywind, which started feeding power into the National Grid last October. Batwind is currently under construction at Peterhead and is expected to start storing power in the second quarter of this year. Yesterday the project took a giant step forward when Hywind’s joint owners Masdar, the Abu Dhabi future energy company, and Norway’s oil and gas company Statoil, announced they had agreed to use Batwind as the basis for developing the storage technology on other sources of renewables such as solar power.
The National 17th Jan 2018 read more »