BBC Scotland say Scotland at forefront leading UK! They do!

No, it’s not drug deaths, it’s wave power. This wee gem almost slipped by me. It’s not in the usual expected places – Business Insider or Energy Voice. The National, Glasgow Times, Edinburgh Evening News and the Somerset County Gazette (?) have it but the Scottish nationals don’t as far as I can see.

At the end of the BBC Scotland Breakfast, 2 minute insert, this morning, around 06:30am:

‘Work is starting on a 30 tonne wave machine to generate power off Orkney. The device which is 20 metres long will be deployed at sea in the autumn. It’s been designed in Edinburgh and those behind the project say it’s a milestone in Scotland being at the forefront of leading the UK to being carbon neutral.’

I can’t find any more detail but, hey, it’s enough to have BBC Scotland onside.

5 thoughts on “BBC Scotland say Scotland at forefront leading UK! They do!”

      1. I got the information from a Herald Morning Briefing which comes automatically to the email on my phone, just as your updates do. in fact it was the next the item after yours.
        Also in the National, which I get online.

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  1. Didn’t they recently cancel a “Question Time” from Orkney or Shetland?—BBC self isolating in remotest London instead—just for a change!

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  2. I’m sorry, I don’t buy the herald reaching a “road to Demascus” moment, how are their circulation figures? what links have been severed with Westminster? I place this along side Gove’s tweet thanking Nicola Sturgeon and Mike Russel for their support and cooperation, they will have another agenda. Gove could have written to Mike and Nicola, a personal note. Naw, he does it by tweet, it is public, when the shit hits the fan he wants those two to be covered in glar also.

    A few months ago I was looking at the case of hydrogen production in Scotland (more of that later) this led to Orkney experimental station, tidal production and the question, “what is the tidal potential of Scotland and why isn’t it being exploited and what potential from wave energy?”

    Results to the question above explains why EMEC is so keen to invest in Scotland;
    Wind and hydro, exsisting installed renewable generation 7,5 Gw
    Tidal potential generation is around 4,5Gw
    Wave potential generation is around 24,0Gw

    The tidal WaveGen installation in the Pentland Firth is there because of the extreme tidal currents and the fact that there is a grid connect being underused at Dounreay. Now given that Scotland produces about 80% of it’s energy needs from renewables and exports 26/28% of it’s energy production, it makes that 24Gw “green” potential energy an investing magnet or at least you would think it would. The harvest site is from the west coast of Islay (home to some of the best malts), all the way up west of the Outer Isles and on up the west of Shetland. Investment in a grid connect system is needed to harvest this energy source. Strange then that the inplace investors, Stat Oil, EMEC +, all pulled out of a plan to lay an interconnector between the Outer Isles and the mainland. Apparently Westminster couldn’t give clarity on the future. Cap and floor levels? connection charges? penalties? Energy is a reserved matter.

    Away up above I mentioned hydrogen, again I wanted to “get a handle” on the cost and efficiency of hydrogen production. The trial hydrogen plant, on the South of Orkney, has been mentioned before in TuS. Surplus electricity from an onshore wind turbine and a small tidal turbine is used to split water to produce hydrogen, which is then liquefied for storage. This is a small trial plant, the usual method of production is steam methane reforming (SMR). This operates at about 84% efficiency and cannot compete, on price, with oil and fossil gas. However a new system of production has been developed by Canadian engineers, being patented now. This method can be used on oil wells, shale oil, sand oil and the beauty of it is, it leaves the carbon in the ground. Oxygen is pumped into the well and hydrogen comes out, I’m probably simplifying the Canadian’s work, a little. The system is reported to produce liquefied hydrogen at the well head ready for use, at an efficiency of up to 92/94%. This now competes penny to penny with the fossil fuels, well at pre slump prices.

    Whilst on my hydrogen quest, I had a look to see if Westminster had looked at hydrogen as a possible “green” energy, looked at as in invested in R&D. I was, at first pleasantly surprised, they had offered quite big grants for the development of SMR. I then realised Westminster is still wedded to fissile material, SMR = Small Mobile Reactors. They hope to become world leaders in this field of “green” energy production. Could this be why no clarity was given to the interconnector investors? An abundant true green energy would piss on the breakfast cerial of the SMR makers. Similar to hydro power roll out being curtailed when nuclear came along.


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