Onshore windfarms in Scotland must be built bigger if the country is to move away from a dependency on oil and gas, the Greens have demanded. The party has today shared a letter to the leaders of Scotland’s main political leaders from some of the leading companies involved in the renewables sector, which blames restrictive planning laws from allowing taller turbines to be constructed. Energy giants ScottishPower, SSE and EDF are among those warning the country could be left behind much of Europe when it comes to harnessing the potential of onshore wind energy. Despite numerous windfarms in the pipeline for development in the coming years, the Greens are concerned those typically built on the Scottish mainland are now too small to maximise energy capacity – with turbines around 160m tall, compared to around 170m on the continent. Much of the powers regarding the energy sector are reserved to Westminster but the party believes the Scottish Government has the ability to loosen planning rules when it comes to renewables.
Daily Record 17th June 2021 read more »
ROBOTICS experts at Scottish universities hope to maximise the potential to use the technology offshore to help speed the energy transition under an initiative funded by the Government. They will work on a programme that will include demonstration projects which will involve using robots to complete vital tasks such as the inspection of wind turbine foundations.
Herald 17th June 2021 read more »