The world’s first community-owned tidal turbine will be made and deployed in Scotland, UK
[GBP Note: This is a great example of how an industrial park can provide sustainable energy and add-value to its tenants.]
As posted on the Scottish Government website
The world’s first community-owned tidal turbine will be made and deployed in Scotland, after a fabrication contract between Scottish firms Steel Engineering and Nova Innovation was announced today by First Minister Alex Salmond.
During a visit that formed part of the Scottish Government’s Summer Cabinet programme in Renfrew, the First Minister confirmed that the two companies had reached agreement to manufacture a tidal turbine that will be connected to the grid and provide electricity to people in one of the most remote parts of Scotland.
The Nova-30 device, to be used by the North Yell community in Shetland to power a local ice plant and industrial estate, will be fabricated for Leith-based Nova Innovation Ltd in Steel Engineering’s newly expanded Renfrew facility. The new premises, which will help the firm meet its ambition to create 120 new jobs, were officially opened by the First Minister today.
During his visit to Steel Engineering, the First Minister also opened The Renewable Energy Skills Training Academy (TRESTA), a cutting-edge centre run by Steel Engineering with the help of our agencies that will train 60 apprentices a year in the skills required to play their part in Scotland’s renewables revolution.
First Minister Alex Salmond said:
“Scotland is leading the way in the development of marine renewables, and today’s announcement that the world’s first community-owned turbine is to be manufactured and deployed on these shores is a truly fantastic endorsement of our burgeoning renewables sector.
“The turbine being developed by Nova Innovation – based in Leith – and manufactured by Steel Engineering – based in Renfrew – will be used to power businesses in a Shetland community, showing the very tangible benefits that marine renewable power can bring to Scotland’s businesses and people in the years to come.
“The Steel Engineering plant in Renfrew is a truly impressive industrial site, and this contract win has created a real buzz among the workforce, some of whom I met today during my visit. I was particularly excited to speak to the young apprentices who are just beginning their training at the fantastic new skills training academy on site.
“Steel Engineering is a great example of a dynamic Scottish company leading the way in offshore engineering while ensuring that the next generation of engineers is ready and equipped to help take forward Scotland’s renewables revolution.”