Report: Gravity-based energy storage could prove cheaper than batteries – Business Green, 19 April
EXCLUSIVE: Analysis from Imperial College London suspending weights in old mine shafts for frequency response could be cheaper than other options.
Kinlochleven Pupils Aiming to Impress at Green Energy Expo – Highland Times, 18 April
Lochaber pupils will this week present their ideas to local elected representatives and businesses on how the region can better harness its green energy potential.
Firm plans £60m hydro schemes investment – The BBC, 3 April
Energy company GFG Alliance plans to invest £60m into Scottish hydro schemes, with six new projects planned for the Highlands.
Kinlochleven pupils powering ahead with green energy ideas – Oban Times, 29 March
Is it a wind turbine? Is it a racing robot? Or is it means to generate green energy from hillwalkers in Lochaber? Well, if you are a pupil at Kinlochleven High School it could be all three.
Huisman weighs into storage – reNews, 21 March
Edinburgh start-up Gravitricity is teaming up with Dutch lifting specialist Huisman to develop gravity-fed energy storage projects at the sites of disused mines in Scotland.
Funding gives weight to Gravitricity’s idea for storing energy – The Times, 8 February
Old mine shafts could be revived as storage sites for renewable energy under a scheme being prepared by a Scottish engineering company.
‘South Pole Scotch’ bottled in world first – ScotchWhisky.com, 1 February
The ‘world’s first’ Scotch whisky to travel to the South Pole and back is to be bottled as part of a commemorative blend.
Niall Caldwell: Why diesel is here to stay for years to come – The Scotsman, 5 January
The Scottish Government is to be lauded for its fantastic ambition in decarbonising our energy use – and transport has a very big part to play.
Raising a glass with a Scotch whisky – at the South Pole – Florida Report Daily, 3 January
Whisky lovers around the world no doubt brought in the New Year with a tipple of Scotland’s national drink.
Revolutionary pump to cut ScotRail diesel use on trains – The Scotsman, 21 December
ScotRail stands to save more than a million litres of fuel a year from a technological breakthrough that could be copied worldwide.
Green Highland Renewables acquired by steel to energy giant – The Herald, 5 December
The owner of the Liberty House metals giant has bought Green Highland Renewables and announced plans to develop more hydro power plants in Scotland.
Ardgowan Distillery wins £1 million grant – ScotchWhisky.com, 15 November
Plans to build a single malt distillery on the Ardgowan Estate west of Glasgow have been boosted by the award of nearly £1m from the Scottish Government.
Whisky distillery helps polar explorers use renewable energy melters on trek – Evening Express, 15 November
A new whisky distillery is helping a father and son with their bid to become the first people to trek to the South Pole only using renewable energy.
Hydro scheme promises income stream for villagers – Press & Journal, 9 October
The latest project by Green Highland Renewables has been switched on in the hills above Kinlochleven. There will also be a welcome cash boost for villagers as a result of the scheme at Loch Eilde Mor, with “a steady stream of income” being received by the community.
Forsa focus on green storage – reNews, 2 October
A new company called Forsa Energy has been set up to develop renewables and natural gas projects combined with energy storage across Europe. Forsa has been created by Velocita Energy Developments and 2020 Renewables.
Gravitricity ‘clock weight’ could offer a new solution for energy storage – Business Green, 20 September
Gravitricity’s technology has very fast response (< 1s to full power or charge); long lifetime (50+ years); no cyclical degradation, and can be designed to prioritise energy (up to 5MWh) or power (up to 20MW).
Future of hydro industry to be formulated in Perth – The Press & Journal, 2 May
Against a backdrop of fears for future projects, the Securing Hydro’s Future: From the Glens to the Grid conference in Perth Concert Hall on June 6 will be one of the industry’s largest gatherings.
Neil Davidson: Could Scotland’s islands at long last be connected to the mainland? – The National, 21 April
Connecting Scotland’s islands to the GB electricity grid could spark a £2.5 billion British investment boom, and after years of waiting it could finally happen – no matter what party ends up in power in June.
OnGen signs up key clients as funding increases – The Herald, 27 March
The green energy business called “the first step in an energy revolution” by early investor Ian Marchant has raised a further £200,000 in funding, and signed major clients.
Golden eagle population set to soar after £1.3 million funding injection – The Independent, 27 March
The population of an iconic bird of prey is poised to soar after a scheme to boost golden eagle numbers attracted £1.3 million in funding.
Former Airtricity investors back €20m Scotch whisky plan for 600-year-old estate – Irish Independent, 26 March
Former investors in Eddie O’Connor’s wind energy business Airtricity have backed an ambitious €20m plan to build a Scotch single-malt whisky distillery and visitor centre on a 600-year-old estate west of Glasgow.
Ancala Partners raises £51 million debt facility for Green Highland Renewables – Renewable Energy Magazine, 22 March
Independent mid-market infrastructure investment manager Ancala Partners has announced it has raised £51 million of debt facilities for Green Highland Renewables.
Hydro specialist secures funding – The Herald, 21 March
The owner of Perth-based Green Highland Renewables has secured £51 million debt funding to support the growth of the hydro-electricity specialist.
Tech firms in £2.5m boost for wave device – The Herald, 21 March
Two Edinburgh tech firms have secured a £2.5 million grant to trial a prototype designed to turn wave power into cost-effective electricity.
Ardgowan distillery gets go-ahead – The Drinks Business, 2 March
Plans for a new £12 million distillery and visitor centre at Ardgowan in the lowlands of Scotland have been approved by the local council.
Ardgowan reveals double signing as £12m whisky venture progresses – The Herald, 22 February
Two leading figures from Scotland’s whisky industry have joined the Ardgowan Distillery Company, based in Inverkip.
Macallan veteran joins Ardgowan Distillery – ScotchWhisky.com, 6 February
Former Macallan managing director Willie Phillips has joined proposed Lowland distillery Ardgowan as company chairman.
Ministers approve 400MW Glenmuckloch hydro scheme – The Daily Record, 29 November
The Glenmuckloch pumped storage hydro (PSH) project, already approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council, will support 320 construction jobs during development.
Golden eagle chicks could be taken from Highlands to save southern populations – The Herald, 21 November
Golden eagle chicks could be taken from nests in the Highlands next summer in a bid to save the struggling population in the south of Scotland from disappearing.
FloWave replicates real life – reNews, 07 November
Project with EMEC complete and able to mimic open ocean conditions.
Largest community rooftop solar framework completed in Edinburgh – Solar Power Portal, 25 October
Edinburgh is celebrating the completion of what is thought to be the largest community-owned rooftop solar framework in the UK after 1.4MW of solar was deployed across the city’s public buildings.
Renewables target of 50% by 2030 achievable, says report – BBC, 10 October
Producing half of Scotland’s energy needs using renewable technology by 2030 is an achievable goal, according to a new report.
Dumfriesshire’s golden opportunity to boost eagle population – Daily Record, 28 September
Moffat residents are being given the chance to find out more about an initiative to expand the population of golden eagles in the area.
Lottery pledge to aid golden eagles in Scottish borders – The BBC, 27 July
A scheme to boost the number of golden eagles in the Scottish borders has won more than £1m backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Ian Marchant invests in green business he says is leading an energy revolution – The Herald, 13 June
ONGEN, an Edinburgh business that aims to cut energy bills for businesses, has raised £250,000 in funding ahead of its launch today.
Green Highland Renewables refocuses – The Courier, 17 May
Perth-based Green Highland Renewables is set to switch its focus away from developing small-scale hydro projects.
Easter kick off for Scottish hydro – reNews, 24 March
Green Highland Renewables will start work next week on two run-of-river hydro schemes in Glen Affric on land managed by Forest Enterprise Scotland, SSE and part of Wester Guisachan Estate.
Dalkeith Country Park access changes planned as part of upgrade – The BBC, 9 March
New public access arrangements have been announced as part of a multi-million pound upgrade of Dalkeith Country Park in Midlothian.
Could FloWave help turn the tide for the marine energy industry? – Business Green, 7 March
How do you test a wave energy device in real-life conditions, without having to invest millions in making it and putting it in the sea?
£13.6m Lochaber hydro scheme set to get under way – Lochaber News, 14 February
Perth hydro firm Green Highland Renewables is due to start later this month on a £13.6 million hydro scheme in the hills above Kinlochleven.
Glenmuckloch opencast mine hydro energy bid submitted – The BBC, 22 December
An application has been submitted to create a hydro energy and storage system at an opencast mine site in southern Scotland.
FloWave gives tidal turbine a lift – reNews, 22 December
A ‘Momentum Reversal Lift’ tidal turbine concept designed by the University of Exeter has completed 11 days of testing at the University of Edinburgh’s FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility.
Stuart Brown: climate change is not all doom – The Scotsman, 10 December
Economic opportunities for Scotland abound, writes Stuart Brown.
Mark Mathieson: Quietly powering a hydro revolution – The Scotsman, 4 December
Ask anyone In Scotland to name a hydro energy project and odds on they’ll give you one of the great schemes from the last century – Tummel Bridge, Rannoch or Sloy, or most likely the Cruachan Power Station at the head of Loch Awe.
Community-owned solar farm project nears £1.4m goal – Edinburgh Evening News, 21 November
More than £840,000 worth of share purchases have been snapped up in a community-owned city solar farm project – aiming to be the biggest in the UK.
Aquamarine Power calls in administrators – The BBC, 29 October
Wave energy company Aquamarine Power has called in administrators. The Edinburgh-based company blamed the current economic climate for the decision.
New Highland hydro scheme opens – The Courier, 16 October
Scottish hydro specialists Green Highland Renewables has just commissioned its 15th completed project in the Highlands.
Shares on sale for Edinburgh solar project – The BBC, 29 September
Residents in Edinburgh are being asked to buy into a major community owned solar energy project. People are being encouraged to buy shares in a solar co-operative to power public buildings. The minimum purchase is £250 per person.
Scotland’s oceans to be created in lab – Techie News, 17 September
Researchers at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney and FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility at The University of Edinburgh have joined hands to recreated scaled versions of Scotland’s oceans in the laboratory.
Aquamarine Power boosted by European Union grant – The BBC, 15 September
Aquamarine Power has been boosted by a £580,000 grant from the European Union to help it accelerate the development of commercial wave energy technology.
New move to revitalise wave energy in Scotland – The Courier, 12 June
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney and the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility at Edinburgh University have agreed to work together to help developers advance their technology “from lab to the ocean”.
Aquamarine shares know-how – reNews, 4 June
Aquamarine Power has secured a three-month contract with Wave Energy Scotland to share knowledge gained through the development of its Oyster device.
FloWave, Rockland Scientific Join Hands in Turbulent Waters – offshoreWIND.biz, 2 June
FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility at Edinburgh University and Canadian marine turbulence specialists Rockland Scientific will work together to develop tank-scale turbulence measurement technology, which can also be deployed at sea, on both sides of the Atlantic.
Hydro specialist Green Highland Renewables bought by Ancala – The Herald, 22 April
Scotland’s largest independent small-scale hydro scheme developer has been acquired by an infrastructure investor in a deal thought to be worth millions of pounds.
Aquamarine Power hails strong test outcome – The Scotsman, 22 March
Renewables pioneer Aquamarine Power caught a lifeline yesterday with the release of data showing that its flagship machine had delivered “exceptional” results in virtually all weather conditions.
Community hydro a Highland hit – reNews, 24 February
Green Highland Renewables has commissioned a 465kW hydro scheme on the Morvern peninsula in Scotland. Work on the Abhainn Shalachain river wrapped up last month, a month ahead of schedule, and the developer said the Highland scheme is now producing power to the grid and revenue that can be used locally.
Vince Cable announces Scottish renewables scheme – The Scotsman, 17 February
The £8.5 million initiative by Green Highland Renewables could produce enough energy to power 1,900 homes and is the first investment in hydro power that has been made by either the Green Investment Bank or the Strathclyde Pension Fund.
Aquamarine Power chief elected to board of Ocean Energy Europe – Daily Record, 9 December
John Malcolm, chief executive of Aquamarine Power, has been elected to the board of the European wave and tidal energy industry body, Ocean Energy Europe.
FloWave floats £38,000 prize – reNews, 3 November
The FloWave centre in Scotland is offering marine energy pioneers the chance to compete for a free week of testing worth £38,000.
Dr Jamie Grimwade joins FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility – Daily Record, 22 September
Marine specialist Dr Jamie Grimwade has been appointed business development manager to Edinburgh University’s FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility.
Three hydro schemes for Highland loch – Press & Journal, 8 September
Work has begun on the construction of an ambitious project to develop three separate hydro schemes on a picturesque Highland loch.
FloWave gets Ministerial approval – reNews, 5 August
New Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd has hailed the FloWave research centre in Scotland as an “essential” asset to help drive commercialisation in the marine energy sector.
Aquamarine Power hails ‘waymark’ with Oyster 800 – The Courier, 2 August
Scottish wave energy firm Aquamarine Power has reached a “waymark” on the road to reliable electricity generation.
Community biomass scheme to power Highland homes – businessGreen, 3 July
Houses in new Aviemore development will have all their heating and hot water provided by a single biomass heating network.
Aquamarine Power Starts Oyster Overhaul – offshoreWIND.biz, 19 June
Wave energy company Aquamarine Power has successfully removed both cylinder modules from their Oyster 800 wave machine as part of a comprehensive summer refit.
Scottish Islands Provide a Proving Ground for Power From the Ocean – The Wall Street Journal, 18 May
‘Penguin,’ ‘Oyster’ and a Giant Sea Snake Compete to Tap Waves and Tides.
Green Highland Renewables appoint Round as new CEO – The Courier, 7 May
The chief financial officer of Scottish wave energy firm Aquamarine Power is set to take the helm of Perth-based Green Highland Renewables.
Green Highland Renewables starts work on £3.5m Allt Gharagain scheme – The Courier, 27 March
Green Highland Renewables has begun construction work on the 1MW Allt Gharagain development at Achnasheen in the Highlands – the company’s fourth project to be developed in the area.
Morvern community first to invest in Green Highland forestry scheme – reNews, 21 February
The people of Morvern have become the first community group to pour cash into a hydro development on land managed by Forestry Commission Scotland under its renewables programme.
Commercial wave power ‘requires patience’ – BBC, 25 November
Engineers can do some very clever stuff, but they are still struggling to harness one of the most common sources of energy in the world.
Oyster flexes its muscles – reNews, 7 November
Edinburgh device developer Aquamarine Power is ramping up power production from its reinvigorated Oyster 800 near-shore wave converter in Orkney sea trials.
UK wave power project could bring hundreds of jobs to the Western Isles – Offshorewind.biz, 21 October
Aquamarine Power’s proposed wave farm on the Western Isles could create hundreds of long-term skilled jobs in one of Britain’s most remote communities, according to figures published by the firm.
Inspection services firm CAN Group wins £90m deal – BBC, 5 September
Aberdeen-based CAN Group has won a £90m contract to provide inspection services in the North Sea for oil explorer and producer Talisman Sinopec Energy UK.
Comment: Ofgem must shed light on energy charges – Scotsman, 10 July
THE glacial process of making the National Grid feasible for renewable energy producers in Scotland’s remote regions is gathering pace.
Oyster coming out of shell – ReNews, 4 July
Edinburgh wave developer Aquamarine Power has set out plans to replace faulty components on its Oyster 800 demonstrator after a spell of intermittent operations in Orkney.
Allan Munro in sales partnership with eco-homebuilder WeberHaus – Herald Scotland, 25 June
AVIEMORE-based Allan Munro Construction has signed a partnership with WeberHaus to bring the German firm’s eco-homes to the north of Scotland.
Highland firm to build eco homes in flat-pack venture – Scotsman, 25 June
Aviemore-based Allan Munro Construction (AMC) has struck a partnership with Rheinau-based flat-pack house maker WeberHaus to bring super-insulated family …
Ministers approve plans for world’s biggest wave farm in Western Isles – BBC, 23 May
Ministers have approved plans for the world’s largest commercial wave farm. Full consent has been given for a 40MW farm off the north-west coast of Lewis – enough to power nearly 30,000 homes.
World’s biggest wave farm off Lewis gets go-ahead – Herald Scotland, 23 May
PLANS for the world’s largest commercial wave energy farm have been given the go-ahead. Consent has been granted for the scheme which could see 50 devices placed in the waters off the north west coast of Lewis in the Hebrides.
Plans for rebirth of Ardersier yard – BBC, 6 May
The re-opening of one of the Highlands’ largest oil rig fabrication yards has taken a step closer, with submission of a planning application for Ardersier.
Wind power plan puts 2000 jobs on horizon – Press and Journal, 6 May
The owners of the Port of Ardersier believe the former McDermott fabrication facility is perfectly placed to capitalise on proposals for huge green energy projects in the Moray Firth.
Wind in the sails of Highland economy – Herald Scotland, 6 May
The establishment in the 1970s of a major industrial base at Ardersier to construct North Sea oil platforms appeared to presage a bright future for the whole area by shoring up the local economy, once dependent on fishing. The establishment in the …
Port of Ardersier seeks to switch from oil to wind – Business … – Scotsman, 6 May
Developers are seeking the go ahead to turn a former oil fabrication yard in the Highlands into a manufacturing “super-hub” for renewables – delivering a …
UK: Port of Ardersier Submits Plans for Offshore Wind Development … – OffshoreWind Biz, 6 May
The Port of Ardersier has submitted plans to Highland Council, Marine Scotland and Transport Scotland for the consents needed to make the site a major …