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ScottishPower Into 100% Wind

[Google Maps] Shoreham gas power plant

Scottish power company ScottishPower announced on Tuesday that it has completed the sale of its traditional generation business to British electrical power generation company Drax Group for £702 million in cash, resulting in ScottishPower becoming the first integrated energy company in the UK to shift completely from coal and gas to wind power…

Note that the Shoreham plant won’t be decommissioned, so no short term climate advantages are realized here. But the signal is clear:

This makes ScottishPower the first vertically integrated UK energy company to exit coal and gas electricity generation and the first to transition to being powered entirely by renewable energies.

ScottishPower can set itself up as a “100% green power company” and expand its customer base accordingly.

[] – 100% Green Generation for ScottishPower with Sale of Remaining Gas Plant
[] – ScottishPower Ditches Remaining Gas Plants In Move To 100% Wind
[deepresource] – World-Record Pumped-Hydro Storage for Scotland?
[Google Maps] – Location Southern England (not Scotland)

Royal Dutch Shell to Become Renewable Energy Leader

Royal Dutch Shell is preparing to “turbocharge” its bid to become a global leader in clean energy in the coming years as it seeks to overcome the “existential” challenge posed by climate change, boss Ben van Beurden has told The Sunday Telegraph… “The biggest calling card we have is scale. We can scale much faster than anyone else,” he added.

[] – Shell set to ‘turbocharge’ its clean energy drive in the 2020s
[] – Shell Energy Transition Report [pdf]

Ben van Beurden earlier this month participated in Energy Week forum in Russia, joining a panel together with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

[] – Shell to develop geothermal energy in the Netherlands

[] – Shell Pernis-refinery to heats tens of thousands of households

[] – Innogy and Shell in floating wind turbines

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Pumped Hydro Storage Proposal for Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness

400 MW, 2.4 GWh pumped hydro storage plant proposed for Loch Ness by ILI Energy, enough to power 400,000 households for 6 hours. Scotland has 2.4 million households and in 2017 69% of its electricity generating capacity was renewable, mostly wind. By 2020 this share is expected to be increased to the full 100%.

[] – Major hydro project proposed for Loch Ness
[] – Scotland’s next Loch Ness monster could power 400,000 homes
[] – Loch Ness soll als Energiespeicher dienen

Britain Rules the Waves of Offshore Wind

This graph depicts the total amount of offshore wind projects that are “in the pipeline”, a branch of sport dominated by Europeans, who are lucky to own large, shallow water tables in the North Sea, Irish Sea and Baltic Sea, with excellent wind speeds (>10 m/s average). These 600,000 km2 combined have the potential to supply the entire EU with clean electricity three times the current consumption. Currently the British are adopting wind energy at a breath-taking speed, pun intended, although the developers and equipment producers are mainly continental Europeans, that is Danish, Germans, Dutch, Norwegians, Swedish, whose industries are growing rapidly and have the potential to become the successors of the Anglo Seven Sisters oil giants of the 20th century.

[] – UK Leads Offshore Wind Rankings As Global Pipeline Increases 10% In 2018, Reports RenewableUK
[deepresource] – The Enormous Energy Potential of the North Sea
[] – Seven Sisters (oil companies)
[deepresource] – Gold Mine North Sea
[deepresource] – Goldmine Windenergy

Dockwise Used to Transport Windfarm Jackets From Gulf

Offshore wind moving into the area formerly reserved for giant oil platforms only. The world’s largest heavy lifting vessel Dockwise Vanguard of the Dutch based Boskalis was used to transport 36 jackets from Lamprell’s construction yard in Jebel Ali to Vlissingen, from where they will eventually be installed in the 714 MW East-Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. Partners: ScottishPower Renewables (developer), Boskalis & van Oord (logistics), Lamprell (jackets), Siemens (102 x 7 MW turbines + rotor blades).

[] – Lamprell Hires Dockwise to Transport East Anglia ONE Jackets
[] – First Lamprell-Produced EA1 Jackets Arrive in Vlissingen
[] – East Anglia Array


Dutch-British project involving storing/retrieving electricity by lifting/sinking large weights in a mine shaft (59,000 of those in the UK alone). Claim made by startup “Gravitricity”: power up to 20 MW per installation, life span ±50 year and a storage efficiency of 80 à 90%.

[] – Nederlands-Brits team bouwt mijnschacht om tot energieopslag
[] – Short-term energy storage with “Gravitricity” – iron versus ion
[] – Why don’t we use weights to store energy?

Live Energy Production Data

[] – UK

MeyGen Tidal Power

MeyGen is the worlds largest tidal energy plant which is currently in construction. The project uses four 1.5 MW turbines with 16m rotor diameter turbines submerged on the seabed. The project is owned and run by Tidal Power Scotland Limited and Scottish Enterprise. The high speed of currents in the area, reaching up to 5 metres per second (11 mph), made the chosen site in the Pentland Firth well suited to this type of energy generation… In December 2016 it was announced that the first turbine had begun full power operations, and all four turbines were installed by February 2017. Atlantis plans for 400 MW.

[] – MeyGen

[] – Company site
[] – World’s first large-scale tidal energy farm launches in Scotland

Siemens, Airbus and Rolls Royce Aim at Hybrid Electric Plane by 2020

[] – Siemens, Airbus, Rolls-Royce team up on hybrid-electric propulsion

Renewable Energy Skeptic David MacKay

[] – David J. C. MacKay
[] – David MacKay official site
[] – MacKay’s magnum opus “Sustainable Energy — without the hot air” (pdf, 12MB)

World-Record Pumped-Hydro Storage for Scotland?

An anonymous energy blogger named “Scottish Scientist” has posted a proposal for a giant pumped hydro storage facility in the Scottish Highlands with the potential to service most of Europe.

The numbers are massive:

Height dam: 300 meter
Width dam: 2,000 meter
Max. water elevation: 650 meter
Storage volume: 4.4 billion m3
Lake surface area: 40 km2
Energy content: 6,800 GWh or 283 GW days

The new storage facility would have “enough capacity to balance and back-up the intermittent renewable energy generators such as wind and solar power now in use for the whole of Europe!”

If one “limits” the area to a circle with a radius of 3,000 km and applies 800 kW transmission lines, a two-way storage efficiency of 79% could be achieved. However, if limited to the North Sea area, one-way losses could be reduced to 7%.

The proposed design would includ a “stepped-canal solution”, see picture above. The biggest cost would be building a large canal of 170 meter width, which would require to move more earth than in the Panama Canal project to allow for discharging water speeds of 10-11 m/s.

[scottishscientist] – World’s biggest-ever pumped-storage hydro-scheme, for Scotland?
[Google Maps] – Strathdearn
[] – Save Strathdearn Valley (local resistance to be expected)
[] – The Loch Ness Monster of Energy Storage

Hywind Scotland – the World’s First Floating Wind Farm Operational

Offshore wind no longer tied to shallow water, up to 800 m deep is workable.

EasyJet Believes in Electric Flying

EasyJet says that electric flying could be with us in a decade and for that purpose has begun a partnership with US firm Wright Electric to build a battery-powered plane for two hours flight duration.

[] – EasyJet says it could be flying electric planes within a decade
[] – Your airliner may be flying electric within a decade
[] – EasyJet could be flying battery-powered electric planes within the next 10 years

Green Light Swansea Bay Tidal Power Station?

A UK government commission under former energy cabinet minister Charles Hendry has advised to go ahead with a 320 MW tidal energy project in Swansea Bay, Wales.
The British industry may have missed the boat with wind energy manufacturing, here is a chance to lay a claim on becoming a leader in tidal power.


Three largest operational tidal power plants:

  1. Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Station, South Korea – 254MW
  2. La Rance Tidal Power Plant, France – 240MW
  3. Annapolis Royal Generating Station, Canada – 20MW

[] – Groen licht voor Britse getijdencentrale van ±500 megawatt
[deepresource] – Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon
[] – Charles Hendry
[] – Tidal lagoon developer to sign grid deal for £8bn Cardiff project
[] – Ecotricity chief says Swansea tidal lagoon ‘too costly’
[] – Everyone in Swansea is being urged to ‘Love the Tidal Lagoon’ to try to help make it happen
[] – Tidal giants – the world’s five biggest tidal power plants

All-Energy Glasgow 2017

[] – All-Energy 2017
[] – All presentations (scroll down)

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Offshore Wind Energy 2017 Opening Video

Offshore Wind Energy 2017 conference was held on 6-8 June earlier this year in London.

[] – Official site

Liquid Air Energy Storage


Core idea: freeze air with excess renewable electricity for storage purposes and when you need electricity, warm the liquid air with heat from the environment and as such create high pressure air that can be used to drive a generator. Advantage: scalability, mature technology, low cost, high lifespan, possibility to include waste heat (for instance from powerstations) to increase efficiency. 50 MWh typical storage volume (“entry level”).

Round-trip efficiency:

In isolation the process is only 25% efficient, but this is greatly increased (to around 50%) when used with a low-grade cold store, such as a large gravel bed, to capture the cold generated by evaporating the cryogen. The cold is re-used during the next refrigeration cycle. Efficiency is further increased when used in conjunction with a power plant or other source of low-grade heat that would otherwise be lost to the atmosphere. Highview Power Storage claims an AC to AC round-trip efficiency of 70%, by using an otherwise waste heat source at 115 °C. The IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) agrees that these estimates for a commercial-scale plant are realistic. However this number was not checked or confirmed by independent professional institutions.


[] – Liquid Air Technologies – a guide to the potential
[] – Highview company site
[] – Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES)
[] – A Look at Liquid Air Energy Storage Technology
[] – Cryogenic energy storage
[] – Liquid Air Energy Storage (LAES)
[] – Liquid air storage tour
[] – Georges Claude
[] – Liquefaction of gases


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DONG to Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Park Hornsea-UK

DONG Energy of Denmark has won the bid for building the largest offshore wind park to date (1.4 GW), Hornsea-2 in the British part of the North Sea at a record low price guarantee of £57.50/MWh and is scheduled for completion in 2022. DONG is currently working on Hornsea-1 (1.2 GW), to be completed in 2020.

[] – Hornsea Wind Farm
[] – UK Offshore Wind Now Cheaper Than Gas & Nuclear
[] – UK Renewable Energy Competitive Auction Yields Record Price Lows

The Smashing Story of Recycling Glass


[] – HUMMINGBIRD: The World’s Lightest Folding Bike

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