Scottish smart grid and storage projects awarded £43m in capital funding


Nicola Sturgeon, the current First Minister of Scotland announced that a total of £43 million will be shared among 13 projects, which are designed to prove the feasibility of low carbon technologies in a range of applications.

[quote] A demonstration located on Fair Isle, reportedly one of the most remote Scottish Isles, will serve as a model that can be duplicated across other island communities in Scotland.

The local energy system in development on Fair Isle, named the Fair Isle Unified Low Carbon Electricity Storage and Generation Project, is centred around the integration of renewables and storage.

The project will recieve approximately £1.1 million of LCITP capital support to construct a Class 1 wind turbine, storage system, fly wheel and solar generation.

Low carbon and renewable innovation

Some of the other demonstrator projects that will revieve funding include a REStore project which will tie together energy storage and the Shetland Tidal Array, as well as the co-location of a lithium ion battery storage system with wind generators at the Hunterston National Offshore Wind Turbine Test Facility by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks.

Sturgeon was reported saying that the projects had the potential to maintain Scotland’s position “at the forefront of low carbon and renewable innovation”.

She added: “Scotland has some of the most ambitious emissions reduction targets in the world. Over the past 10 years, our pattern of energy consumption has changed considerably,
helping us to meet – and exceed – our 2020 target for reducing energy consumption, six years early.

“We are determined to build on this success, and we are now seeking views on a new target through our draft Energy Strategy – for 50% of our energy consumption – spanning heat, transport and electricity – to be met by renewables by 2030.

“With Scotland’s world-leading expertise in renewables, which employs at least 11,000 people, and a growing workforce of at least 58,000 in the low carbon sector, I am confident of our future success.”


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