The Informer

Final Beatrice turbine installed

The last of the 84 turbines has been installed at the Beatrice wind farm in the Outer Moray Firth off the east coast of Scotland.

The final 7MW turbine brings the wind farm’s capacity to 588MW, enough to power 450,000 homes.

Jim Smith, Managing Director of SSE Renewables, Beatrice’s majority shareholder, said: “Delivering one of Scotland’s largest ever private investments on time and under budget is a fantastic achievement given its complexity.”

> Read Beatrice's announcement


£28m for battery research centre

Business Minister Andrew Stephenson has unveiled a £28 million investment in the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC) in Coventry.

The centre’s backers want to build a “Gigafactory” in the UK to produce batteries for electric vehicles on a large scale.

The investment comes on top of £80m already earmarked for the centre by the UK Government.

> See the UKBIC's statement


Glasgow aims to be first net zero city

ScottishPower is to work with Glasgow City Council to turn the “dear green place” into the UK’s first net-zero city.

The company and the local authority said they aimed to achieve their goal before the Scottish Government’s nationwide target in 2045.

Announcing the pledge at the All Energy conference in Glasgow, ScottishPower Chief Executive Keith Anderson also called for a “fundamental rethink” on the UK Government’s policies towards onshore wind.

> See ScottishPower's statement


Tidal project aims to tap into AI

Nova Innovations aims to use artificial intelligence (AI) to improve tidal turbine performance after winning funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme for its “Element” project.

The technology will be used on Nova’s seabed mounted turbines in the Shetland Tidal Array and on a floating tidal turbine off the French coast at Brittany.

The €5 million (£4.4m) project involves 11 partners, including the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, the University of Strathclyde and energy engineering firm Wood.

> View Nova's announcement


Offshore wind farm to boost Scottish jobs

Sixty jobs are being created to support the development of the Neart Na Gaoithe wind farm off the east coast of Scotland.

EDF Renewables UK is growing its headcount in Edinburgh from 44 to more than 100.

Matthieu Hue, Chief Executive of EDF Renewables UK, added: “We continue to actively seek routes-to-market for onshore projects in Scotland as well as looking at more opportunities for offshore wind and battery storage.”

> View EDF's announcement