Drax completes ScottishPower deal

Power station operator Drax has completed its purchase of ScottishPower’s hydro-electric schemes, gas-fired power stations and an energy-from-waste plant.

The £702 million deal leaves ScottishPower to focus on its wind farm generation portfolio.

Drax has increased its power generation capacity by 60%, adding 2.6GW of output.

> Read Drax's announcement

 

£1.6m awarded to smart heating project

Energy company OVO and battery technology business Sunamp have secured £1.6 million of government funding to develop a commercially-viable smart electric central heating system.

Their system uses Sunamp’s UniQ heat batteries to store heat generated from renewable electricity either via a heat pump or direct electric heater.

The project will also use OVO’s intelligent energy management platform, VCharge.

> See OVO's statement

 

Greencoat buys subsidy-free windfarm

Greencoat UK Wind has signed a deal to buy the Douglas West wind farm near Lanark in Scotland from Blue Energy.

Construction on the 45MW wind farm is expected to begin this year, with the turbines coming online in July 2021.

The wind farm is subsidy free, with the acquisition and construction costs put at £45 million.

> View Greencoat's announcement

 

MeyGen back to full strength

SIMEC Atlantis Energy has reinstalled two 1.5MW turbines at its MeyGen project off the north coast of Scotland following modification to the devices.

All four turbines have now been reconnected to the grid.

The company has also completed the sale of its Canadian operation to joint venture partner DP Energy, leaving it to concentrate on the UK, France and Asia.

> See MeyGen's statement

 

Hotel to be powered by battery

A hotel in Edinburgh has installed a five-tonne battery to cut its energy costs.

The battery charges from the grid in off-peak periods and is then able to power the 200-room Premier Inn site for several hours each day.

The lithium ion battery will save the hotel £20,000 a year on its energy bill. It is able to power the hotel for up to three hours after a two-hour charge.

Premier Inn's parent company Whitbread said the trial of the battery storage technology would help its commitment to halve its carbon emissions by 2025.

> Find out more here