Category: Hydro

Wind Farm Data Management and Analysis Forum, Hamburg

October 17, 2017 Natural Power’s Market Analysis Manager, Jeff Bryan, will be speaking at the Wind Farm Data Management and Analysis Forum in Germany this week. His presentation ‘Using data to improve O&M efficiency and drive down the LCOE’ will take place on 18th October at 09.25 hours in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Hamburg. Natural Power’s advisory and analytics team, comprising performance analytics, market analysis and due diligence provides in-depth analysis and insight to key renewable energy and infrastructure markets. The team employs a combination of bespoke in-house tools, industry standard models and desktop research to uncover the issues...

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GreenPower Continues to Support Scottish Downhill Association Academy

Julie Kirk of GreenPower presents £4,000 cheque to Colin Houston, Chair of the SDA. Despite the forecast for high winds and rain about 60 hardy riders turned up at Glencoe to enjoy a weekend of riding and to attend the AGM of the Scottish Downhill Association (SDA). The AGM held on Saturday evening updated the riders on the finances of the SDA. Despite incurring a small loss over the year the Chair, Colin Houston, considered the Association to be in good health. Sponsorship funds, including GreenPower’s £6,000, has been invested in some much needed equipment, namely a new events trailer and graphics and a new LED display board. Both items will be of great use over the coming years. GreenPower also handed over an additional cheque for £4,000 for the continuing support of the SDA Academy. Riders’ race fees have to cover the costs of organising each race and only one event had to be cancelled due to lack of numbers. The committee all agreed to stand for another year but also asked riders and the families to step forward to help ensure sufficient marshals were available at each race. Help is also required during race set up and taking down. Colin announced that the SDA were currently tendering to run the British Downhill Association races in Scotland. The committee should hear soon whether they have been successful. A...

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Creating an unparalleled O&M service provider

October 9, 2017 Four well-known renewable firms have joined forces to create an unparalleled operations and maintenance (O&M) service provider for offshore wind farm operations. The Fred. Olsen related companies – led by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and with Global Wind Service, Natural Power and ZephIR Lidar – have come together to offer the full range of their specialist services through a single point of contact. The scope will include inspections, major component exchange, integrated service campaigns, blade repair, high voltage management, life extension, decommissioning and repowering. This alliance means clients can source the complete range of O&M services through...

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Afon Maesgwm hydropower scheme on the Brodanw Estate completed

Afon Maesgwm hydropower turbine house Construction works on the Afon Maesgwm hydropower scheme at Brondanw Estate are now fully completed. The bulk of the installation works took place throughout the autumn of 2016 and was completed early this year. The hydropower site is a fine example of a sensitive development within the Snowdonia National Park. At the top end of the scheme at the water intake, water is filtered by two Coanda screens, prior to entering the 830 metre long penstock pipe to the turbine house. The penstock pipe is now buried and the landscape is resuming its former appearance. The turbine house is tastefully completed with natural stone and blends in well with the surrounding landscape. Furthermore, the thick walls and cladding of turbine house, combined with an innovative outfall design, produce an almost silent operation, when stood from outside the building. Renewables First has played a key role in the construction of the Brondanw Estate hydro scheme from its conception through to current installation. Beginning with a full hydropower feasibility assessment of the site, Renewables First was also responsible for the full design and specification of the system, undertook full planning and consenting works, as well as procurement and project management of the installation works. The 100 kW Turgo turbine is calculated to generate 486,669 kWhs of electricity per year. This is equivalent to powering 111 UK homes...

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Millenderdale Wind Farm Environmental Statement Second Addendum Submitted

GreenPower has submitted further environmental information in support of its proposed Millenderdale Wind Farm to South Ayrshire Council. This focuses on cumulative noise and private water supplies. The planning application was submitted in June 2014 and subsequently revised in March 2016 from seven turbines to five turbines along with a reduction in maximum  turbine height from 125m to 110m. The application is expected to go to the Council’s Regulatory Panel in early 2018. Further information can be found on the Millenderdale Wind Farm...

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Andy Yuill to chair Bioenergy Insight 2017

October 4, 2017 Natural Power’s Senior Renewable Heat Manager, Andy Yuill, will be chairing this year’s Bioenergy Insight conference and exhibition on 4th and 5th October at the Sheraton Grand in Edinburgh. The conference will be hosting more than 30 talks from industry experts, discussing the trends that will shape bioenergy plans for 2018, from financing bioenergy projects, and the post-Brexit effect on bioenergy, to seizing opportunities in emerging markets. Andy will introduce session one at 2pm on Wednesday 4th October ‘The Big Picture’, which includes presentations on mapping the supply chain, exploring industrial wood pellet pricing and the...

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2017-2018 Riders Announced for GreenPower/Scottish Downhill Association Academy

Celebrations following the announcement of riders selected for next season’s Academy Following the SDA’s final races of the series at Fort William the riders who have been selected to attend this coming year’s GreenPower sponsored Scottish Downhill Association mountain biking Academy were announced in front of a large crow. They are: Juvenile               Archie Gilmour, Lewis Elder Youth                    Ronan White, Torin Moffat Junior                    Connor Gibb, Owen Scott Jnr Women         Phoebe Gale Snr Women        Lynette Deacon Vets                       Martin Roberts Masters               Craig Walker Seniors                 Paul Marshall, Grant Murdoch GreenPower is sponsoring the Academy for a further three years with the coaching being provided by the current Scottish National Champion and World Cup rider Ben Cathro, founder and owner of Sick Skills. Ben Cathro (left) with GreenPower Director Phil...

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Suzanna Williamson – Carter Jonas – Cochwillan hydro scheme

The team at Renewables First provided us initially with clear and concise review of a partially planned project providing an alternative design. Following approval and their appointment to the project we found the firm very reliable and all members of the team throughout the process easy to work with, and they worked well alongside independently appointed civils contractors. Subsequently in relation to the ongoing running of the scheme they have been very helpful, always easily contactable via phone or email, providing technical support to resolve any problems or answer any queries. Suzanna Williamson MRICSSurveyor For and on behalf of Carter Jonas...

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