A Scottish entrepreneur has developed an innovative personal winch system that could help revolutionise the offshore wind industry. The hoist adjusts itself to compensate for rough seas, increasing the safety of workers climbing offshore turbines to carry out maintenance works in extreme conditions. The invention, which could remove the need for ladders and tonnes of steel infrastructure on turbine bases, has received backing from one of the world’s leading offshore wind developers. The device is the brainchild of Edinburgh-born entrepreneur Philip Taylor, a keen mountaineer and rock climber with a fascination for the challenges of industrial rope access and working at height.
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Moray West director vows ‘we will build this project’ after CfD disappointment. An influx of almost £2 billion in investment to the Highlands has been put on hold as a giant wind farm project missed out on a bid to produce power in the Moray Firth. The 90-turbine Moray West Offshore Wind Farm was informed by the UK Government on Friday that it had not met the desired “strike price” to sell energy to the National Grid. Shetland developer Viking Energy also missed out on the chance to build its planned 103-turbine onshore wind farm. It was hoped the Moray West development could bring £90 million investment to the north-east region alongside hundreds of jobs. The next Contract for Difference (CfD) auction isn’t planned for another two years. Moray West director Dan Finch claimed the project had the potential to be a “£2bn investment” for Scotland’s economy. Its sister project, Moray East Offshore Wind Farm, has been credited with bringing work to Fraserburgh Harbour and Port of Nigg. Projected job figures in the sector also took a hit as the pipeline of Scottish developments had to be reassessed last night. It was hoped the construction work for the 84-turbine Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, Moray East and Moray West offshore wind projects would create a pipeline of more than 3,000 jobs over 10 years in the Moray Firth.
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