Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Renewables in the Western Isles

On a trip to the Western Isles yesterday, where there's an emerging interest in marine renewables (specifically wave) as well as plans to push forward on some of the wind projects.  The largest, the Barvas Moor windfarm operated by Lewis Wind Power, is still on hold, but others are progressing.

One interesting observation was that the bay at Siader (pictured, rather badly), where a 4 MW wave-powered breakwater is to be built by Wavegen and npower, is to deliver the same peak output as the now-operating 3 x 1.3 MW Nordex turbines at Arnish Moor.

Sad to see the Arnish fabrication yard all shut up against the weather but hopefully that will be back in business soon.