Awards for young renewable professionals

Ten up-and-coming green energy champions have been honoured at the 2018 Young Professionals Green Energy Awards.

Winners included James Williamson, who won the Engineer Award for saving employer SSE over £250,000 by suggesting refurbishing rather than replacing a damaged valve at Quoich Dam in the Highlands.

The young engineer used algebraic equations to produce a 3D model of the part – cutting costs and ensuring the 63-year-old scheme continued producing green energy.

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New renewable project control centre opened

Natural Power has launched a new control centre in Scotland that manages more than 175 renewable energy assets across Europe.

The £540,000 facility in Dumfries and Galloway employs 19 staff and oversees 5GW of capacity in onshore and offshore wind, biomass, solar and hydro.

Natural Power managing director Stephen Trotter said the investment “is designed to deliver the next decade of services to a market where our clients demand more flexibility”.

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Whitbread to expand solar portfolio

Whitbread, the UK’s biggest hospitality company, is extending its nationwide solar programme to a further 70 Premier Inn hotels, cementing the hotel chain’s position as a leader in sustainability and energy efficiency.

It is believed that following the latest installations, Premier Inn will have more sites with solar panels than any other hotel chain in the UK.

All the installations are being designed and managed by renewables developer, Anesco, with all works expected to be complete by the autumn.

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UK to lead global CCS challenge

UK is to lead an international challenge with Saudi Arabia and Mexico to remove carbon from emissions. It will be a unique opportunity to enable an up and coming technology to scale up by working together with other countries.

It is one of 7 Mission Innovation challenges announced in 2015 at COP21 with the UK setting out £21.5 million of funding for innovative new Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) technologies.

The aim of the funding is to invest in innovation that could reduce the cost of the technology by supporting its development so that CCUS can become commercially viable at scale.

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Plans for network of grid-scale batteries and EV chargers

Pivot Power has announced plans to work with National Grid to build a 2GW network of grid-scale batteries and rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country.

As part of the £1.6bn programme, Pivot Power said it is looking to develop 45 sites with the installation of grid-scale 50MW batteries at electricity sub-stations, which will be directly connected to the extra-high-voltage transmission system.

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