New record for MeyGen

MeyGen, Atlantis Resources’ tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth between Scotland and Orkney, set a world record during August.

The tidal array generated 700MWh of power in August.

Total production since launch is now approaching 2GWh.

> Read Atlantis's announcement


Low carbon plans for former whisky bottling site

The Scottish Government is to invest £1.8 million from its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme to create a geothermal heating system as part of a new renewable energy centre.

The heat will be used by homes that will be built on the site of the former Johnnie Walker whisky bottling plant in Kilmarnock near Glasgow.

A further £3.5m will be invested in the housing project, business hub, and commercial and leisure units.

> See the Scottish Government's statement


AD plant bought in £15.3m deal

John Laing Environmental Assets Group has bought the Vulcan Renewables anaerobic digestion (AD) plant near Doncaster for £15.3 million.

The acquisition marks the London-listed company’s first foray into the AD market.

John Laing now has 230.2MW of power generation in its portfolio, through a mix of wind, solar and now AD.

> View John Laing's announcement


Offshore wind farm promises £827m economic boost

The proposed Neart na Gaoithe off the east coast of Scotland could deliver £827 million of economic benefits over its 30-year lifespan, according to a new report.

The study, commissioned by wind farm developer Mainstream Renewable Power and compiled by the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of

Strathclyde in Glasgow, said 2,000 jobs would be created during the four years that the £2 billion project is being constructed.

Stuart McIntyre, of the Fraser of Allander Institute, said: “Our study shows that, based on information provided to us about the expected size of this project and the anticipated spend within Scotland, there could be an impact on the Scottish economy over the 30 year lifetime of this project equivalent to 0.6% of Scottish GDP in 2016.”

> Read Mainstream's statement


Record solar cell efficiency achieved

The United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Centre for Electronics & Microtechnology and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have set a new record for solar cell efficiency.

They achieved 35.9% for one type of solar cell and 32.8% for another.

Most domestic solar cells currently have between 10% and 20% efficiency.

> View NREL's announcement