Hydro Power Grows By 29% In Three Years

"From Scotland: The Hydro Nation Annual Report 2019 published today in good time for Reporting Scotland at 6.30: In July 2019 Scottish Enterprise published new, independent research which shows the impact of the sector in Scotland; it employs 16,600 direct jobs, has a turnover of £3.7 billion and exports of £170 million. The sector overall has grown by an impressive 29% in the past 3 years, whilst over 60% of companies have plans for growth. These are extremely encouraging figures, and within the sector once again Scottish Water continues to perform strongly and is a real public sector success story."

O2 Tidal Device Made In Scotland Will Power Orkney Homes

Orbital Marine Power (Orbital) has been awarded £3.4million from the Scottish Government for its O2 Tidal device. As part of the £10 million Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund, the 72 metre long O2, capable of generating more than 2MW from tidal stream resources, will be built in Scotland and installed at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. The tidal device, which has  360° turbine rotors, allowing power to be extracted from both tidal directions, will be made in Scotland  by Scottish company Texo Group at their new quayside facilities in Dundee. Key components will be delivered by Gray Fabrication in Cupar using material from Liberty Steel in Motherwell. The O2 2MW Floating Tidal Energy Turbine will be capable of powering more than 1,700 homes per year in Orkney.

Scotland At Top Of European Wind Power Table

"A huge Highland wind project has pushed (Scotland) to the top of the European installed capacity league table. The 84-turbine Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm, situated near a former oil field in the Moray Firth, was officially opened by developer SSE Renewables last month. It is able to power up to 450,000 homes in (Scotland). The 588 megawatt (MW) project, when combined with other installed wind farms in the first half of 2019, makes up the lion’s share of the total UK capacity of 931 MW. Across, Europe, 1.9 gigawatts (GW) of new offshore wind was installed in the first half of the year, up from the 1.1 GW added in the same period in 2018."

Scotland "The Saudi Arabia Of Tidal Power"

"In Energy Voice yesterday: An Aberdeen-headquartered firm has agreed a multi-million deal to construct a ground-breaking new tidal turbine from its port-side facility in Dundee. Texo Group, who employ 35 staff in Dundee, said the deal with Orkney-based Orbital Marine Power to manufacture its new O2 tidal turbine will look to create up to 100 jobs at the firm. The deal is understood to be a substantial portion of the overall build cost, which is between £8-9 million. Texo Group’s managing director, Robert Dalziel, said the deal would show the “very best” in Scottish engineering as the firm switches over from oil and gas to renewables. Orbital Marine Power, formerly Scotrenewables, reported an industry benchmark last August as its SR2000 tidal turbine generated more power in the past year than the entire Scottish marine energy sector managed in the 12 years prior to its launch."

Scotland Is Leading The UK Renewable Energy Revolution

"Scotland has been generating a record-breaking amount of energy from renewable sources in 2019. According to the latest figures from Weather Energy, wind farms in Scotland have produced enough energy to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes. That is the equivalent to double the number of homes in Scotland, providing further evidence for Scotland’s potential to become a leading exporter of renewable energy sources"