First power from Stronelairg wind farm

SSE has delivered first power from its 66-turbine Stronelairg wind farm in the Scottish Highlands.

The 66-turbine onshore wind farm, located South East of Fort Augustus, is the last of SSE’s onshore wind projects to be delivered under the UK’s Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme.

> View SSE's announcement

 

Hydrogen refuelling station opened

Shell has opened a new hydrogen refuelling station at a service station in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire.

Supplied by ITM Power, it will be the first site in the UK to bring hydrogen under the same canopy as petrol and diesel, providing drivers with a range of fuel choices to co-exist with traditional transport fuels.

The hydrogen is generated on-site using an electrolyser that requires only water and electricity to generate the hydrogen gas.

Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles convert hydrogen into electricity to power the engine and produce only heat and water when driven. They can travel up to 700 kilometres on a single tank and can be refuelled in a few minutes.

> Read Shell's announcement

 

Green Investment Group acquires offshore stake

The Green Investment Group, the specialist green energy investment business of Macquarie Group, has acquired a 25 per cent interest in the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm from Marubeni Corporation.

Green Investment Group is a member of a consortium with Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 and the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) that already owns a 25 per cent stake in Westermost Rough. Ørsted also owns a 50 per cent interest in the project which is located 8km off the coast at Holderness.

The 210 MW wind farm comprises 35 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy 6 MW direct-drive turbines and has been in commercial operation since June 2015.

> See GIG's statement

 

New wave projects receive funding

Wave Energy Scotland has awarded three projects a total of £632,500 to take forward their control system innovations.

The projects, from SgurrControl, MaxSim and Queen Mary University, were selected from the original series of thirteen which were recently completed.

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EDF announces energy storage plans

EDF has unveiled plans to a European leader in energy storage by developing 10GW of additional storage around the world by 2035.

The group already operates 5GW and said the acceleration represents an investment of €8 billion during the 2018-2035 period.

Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF’s CEO and Chairman, said: “Electricity storage technologies have a potential to radically change the energy sector.”

> See EDF's statement