EDF opens Scottish office to support renewable growth

French power giant EDF has opened an office in Edinburgh to help grow its renewable energy business.

The company already supplies 40% of Scotland’s electricity, due largely to its ownership of the Hunterston B and Torness nuclear power stations.

Chief executive Vincent de Rivaz said: “We are already the largest generator of low carbon electricity in Scotland and have plans to significantly increase our renewables capacity.”

> Read EDF's announcement

Carbon Trust looks at floating wind

The Carbon Trust has opened a series of tenders to assess the technology behind floating wind farms.

The project – which is supported by Dong Energy, Eolfi, Eon, Innogy, the Scottish Government and Statoil – will consider the anticipated risks and opportunities of developing floating wind farms at commercial scale.

Rhodri James, Manager at the Carbon Trust, said: “Floating wind presents an opportunity to harness strong wind resource in deep water locations, unlocking new markets for offshore wind.”

> View the Carbon Trust's announcement

Green Deal Finance Company bought

Greenstone Finance and Aurium Capital Markets have bought the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) for £40 million.

The GDFC has a loan book worth some £43.8m.

The UK Government withdrew support from the GDFC in July 2015.

> See the GDFC's statement

Masdar buys stake in Statoil wind project

Norwegian energy company Statoil has sold a 25% stake in its Hywind floating wind farm off the coast of Scotland to United Arab Emirates-based firm Masdar.

The floating turbines are being built in Spain and will be assembled in Norway before being sailed into Scottish waters this summer.

The pilot project is expected to generate enough power for 20,000 homes.

> See Statoil's statement

Home battery trial launched

Northern Powergrid, Moixa and Energise Barnsley have launched a trial to determine if clusters of home batteries can increase capacity on the electricity network and enable more homes to install solar panels.

Batteries are being installed in 40 homes in Oxspring, near Barnsley under the trial.

Simon Daniel, Chief Executive at Moixa, said: “By managing clusters of home batteries in a virtual power plant and allowing homeowners to use more of their solar energy – thereby exporting less – we believe we can significantly reduce peak solar generation output onto the network.”

> Read Northern Powergrid's announcement