First power generated from Hunterston turbine test facility

First power has been exported from the first three turbines at the offshore turbine test facility at Hunterston on the North Ayrshire coast. The project is the UK’s first testing site for offshore turbines and features a 177-metre high 6MW wind turbine from Siemens. SSE said the Hunterston site has “similar wind conditions to those […]

ABB wins $26m Scottish wind order

Power and technology firm ABB has won an order worth around $26 million (£16m) to supply its gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) for wind substations in Scotland. ABB will design, supply and commission its 420 kiloVolt GIS for SP Energy Networks, the Scottish Power company which owns and operates the power transmission and distribution network in southern […]

UK’s first offshore wind test centre in Scotland

The UK’s first offshore wind turbine testing facility is set to be built in Scotland. The £20 million joint venture between SSE and Scottish Enterprise will include three sites for testing turbines. SSE will work with Siemens and Mitsubishi Power Systems to develop their latest turbine technology on two sites while Scottish Enterprise will operate […]

Another Scottish CCS project up in smoke

A carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Scotland looks unlikely to go ahead after the firm behind it withdrew planning permission this week, blaming the poor economic climate and “funding uncertainty”. CCS technology is very new and is seen as a way to bridge the gap between traditional fuels and renewable energy. It captures […]