Last night marked the second Knowledge Exchange Meeting of the year, with a focus on offshore wind, as the main topic of discussion.

Despite the huge setback to the industry over the last few months as a result of Government changes to energy policy, speakers at last night’s Scottish Energy Association event in Edinburgh were upbeat.

SEA brought together three experts from across the area of offshore wind and heard encouraging presentations covering finance, project innovation and new technology.

Our first speaker was Martin Langham of Green Investment Bank, who covered the bank’s portfolio of offshore wind assets, ranging from the London Array to Rampion, a £1.2billion development. Now the largest financier of wind projects in the UK, GIB have recently raised an impressive £880 million in the world’s first offshore wind fund.

Next up was Jack Farnham from RES, who explained the development work that they have been carrying out on the Dounreay Trì Floating Demonstration Project. The project is on track to be completed in the summer of 2018, in time to obtain a Renewables Obligation Certificate, one of the main support mechanisms for renewable electricity projects in the UK.

Our final speaker, Mike McLean from Swift TG Energy discussed their work in developing a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) and finished the evening off with a very lively and exciting demonstration of a new Scottish developed technology. It was certainly interesting to see an innovation, which could well be a significant part of the overall solution we need to reduce our carbon footprint.

The many delegates who attended were treated to three presentations, equally enthralling and each showing how innovative both the industry and indeed Scotland is, in the face of challenges put in front of them.

SEA’s next meeting is the annual Power Scotland Conference in Glasgow on 10/3/2016, for more information, please visit – http://www.wearesea.com/events/psc2016/

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