Study commissioned by Scottish Enterprise
In support of the Scottish Government’s policy of developing offshore renewable energy capacity in Scotland while providing a sustainable future for the Scottish fishing community, Scottish Enterprise has commissioned a study on behalf of the Scottish Government to investigate the potential opportunities for the use of the Scottish Fishing fleet to support the offshore wind industry in Scotland.
1) A Demand Study:
Where the potential demands from the offshore wind developers for vessels to service the offshore wind sector will be determined. Specifically demand for vessels in the following roles will be considered:
a. Geotechnical survey
b. Hydrographical survey
c. Geophysical survey
d. Benthic survey
e. Bird, fish, marine mammal survey
f. Marine traffic survey
g. Acoustic and environmental monitoring/survey
h. Cable route and depth of cover survey
i. Marine fouling removal and cleaning
j. Buoy relocation and servicing
k. Guard zone support
l. Accommodation support
m. ROV/AUV support
n. Air dive support
o. Crew transfer/marine access
2) A Supply Study
Which will investigate the potential vessel availability, use and conversion options for the Scottish fishing fleet, should the owners express interest, and their vessels’ have the potential capability to support the offshore wind industry in the above roles.
3) A Shortfall Study:
An analysis of the differences between the demand for vessels, the ability for vessels from the fishing vessel fleet to support some of that demand, and where the shortfall may be sourced from within the commercial workboat or ship fleet.
4) A role, retrofit and Conversion Study:
Analysis and categorisation of the types of retrofit and conversion options which may be required of a fishing vessel to fulfil a role in the offshore wind industry, together with an assessment of indicative costs.
5) Identification of Operational Locations:
A high level evaluation of the location, facilities and constraints of potential operational locations from which vessels may be deployed to support the different lifecycle phases of an offshore wind farm.
Initial engagement with industry stakeholders is via a targeted perception survey which can be accessed and completed HERE.
Launching of MV Lochinvar a great day for Inverclyde
Lochinvar, one of only two passenger and vehicle ro-ro ferries in the world to incorporate a low-carbon hybrid system of diesel electric and lithium ion battery power, was launched by Patricia Platten, wife of CMAL CEO Guy Platten.
At 142-ft in length, the diesel-electric hybrid ferry accommodates 150 passengers, as well as 23 cars or two HGVs. It was named in tribute to an 1808 poem written by Sir Walter Scott and is scheduled to operate on the Tarbert to Portavadie route by the end of 2013.
Following completion at the Ferguson yard, the first hybrid ferry Hallaig, which was launched in December 2012, will enter service on the Sconser to Raasay route.
Created by Stirling-based Linknode, ‘VentusAR’ is a tablet-based app which allows developers and planners to see an augmented reality, animated vision of their project while standing on the proposed site. The unique piece of software will be launched at the All Energy Conference in Aberdeen on May 22-23.
The company, which has been helped by Business Gateway Stirling, believes the application will enhance the wind farm development and planning process for a workforce that is increasingly mobile, reducing time spent and costs. The product also has the potential to be used in sectors such as Architecture, Culture & Heritage and Retail.
Crispin Hoult, Managing Director of Linknode, said: “People have never been able to go into the field with dynamic visualisation before. Currently the process of using photomontages involves taking paper drawings on site, trying to relocate a position and match the visual impression with the landscape as seen from that location. What VentusAR offers is a more flexible, integrated, efficient and dynamic companion tool for visual impact assessment.
“What our tablet application allows users to do is download a 3D map of the site along with an accurately located model of a proposed wind farm. In the field you can see on screen an augmented reality view of what a development will actually look like. If you want to see it from a different angle all you have to do is point the tablet in that direction. Alternative models can be easily downloaded allowing different layouts or turbine heights to be interactively viewed instantly from any location.
“We understand the planning system and that visualisation is one of the biggest and most contentious issues for renewables projects, but up until two years ago the hardware wasn’t available to produce VentusAR. However, technology and our understanding of it has advanced and Linknode have integrated our knowledge of geography and geospatial data management to produce an app that no-one else has.”
Linknode, which is based in Wellgreen Lane, Stirling, was set up by Hoult in 2011 to provide online digital mapping services to a range of clients. Projects include development and support for Scottish Government e-Planning systems and Open Source solutions for local authority planning.
He said: “When we started looking at innovation grants for VentusAR in 2011 we were told to speak to Business Gateway first. They immediately saw potential in what we wanted to do and organised a strategy workshop that helped us focus. Market development support has also assisted us in securing funding to attend trade shows and take on someone whose sole purpose is to prepare for exhibitions and be our ‘public face’. Ultimately their assistance helped us secure a SMART: Scotland Award in January. This has allowed us to undertake research, that otherwise would have been too risky to fund ourselves and will go towards the development of future VentusAR functions including archaeological visualisation.”
Caroline Brown, Business Adviser, Business Gateway said: “Crispin’s company has produced a product that could fundamentally change the planning process, not only simplifying it for planners and developers, but also help the public easily visualise large scale development projects that often cause fear and confusion. By accessing free, impartial advice Crispin has been able to grow his company quickly, from two employees to having just taken on his sixth, and get ahead of where he had planned to be. Securing funds to attend trade shows and bring on a ‘public face’ has been fundamental in helping him validate VentusAR while the SMART: Scotland Award will fund 75 per cent of feasibility and R&D over a 10 month period.”
Power Networks Demonstration Centre at University of Strathclyde
The centre, the first of its kind in Europe, has been established in response to growing demands for secure, reliable and environmentally-friendly electricity across the globe.
The PNDC aims to accelerate the adoption of advanced technologies and convert ideas and research into low carbon solutions for the electricity industry of the future.
The world-class centre is home to researchers, engineers and industry specialists who are developing new research and technologies, from advanced grid control schemes to intelligent sensor systems, in the facility’s controlled and safe environment.
The 900-square-metre building is equipped with high quality, innovative control and simulations systems and is home to a real-life, reconfigurable power network independent from the national grid.
Located in Cumbernauld near Glasgow, the PNDC is a venture between the University of Strathclyde, ScottishPower Energy Networks, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council.
Smart grid technologies are increasingly important as Scotland moves to a low-carbon economy, helping to reduce energy waste and making it easier for homes and businesses to generate their own renewable energy. This innovative research centre puts Scotland at the forefront of smart electrical technologies and setting new standards in electrical distribution.
(funded by The Big Lottery)
AliEnergy are recruiting 3 Affordable Warmth Advisors.
You will help to tackle fuel poverty in Argyll by providing advice, support, education and mentoring to low income households on fuel budgeting; benefits/schemes and social tariffs and by helping them to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Duties will include offering home advice visits; delivering training to public and voluntary sector groups and recruiting, training and supporting volunteers. Experience of providing advice/support to individuals and knowledge of energy efficiency issues essential.
- 35 hours per week; job shares and secondments considered.
- Location: flexible within Argyll.
- These posts will involve extensive travel in the Bute, Mid Argyll/KIntyre and Oban/Lorn areas.
- Salary: £24,509; contract until May 2018.
- Contract 12 months
- Closing date: 5pm on 3rd May
- Interview date: 15th May