Orkney: a model for renewable energy

Yesterday, the Science Festival’s Café Scientifique held a session on energy:

Cafe Scientifique: Wave and Tidal Power: Combating Climate Change

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This evening’s Costing the Earth on Radio 4 also looked at energy:

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Carbon Free Islands

Orkney’s strong winds and powerful tides have attracted renewable energy pioneers for decades. For much of the year the islands produce more energy than they can use. Turbines are shut down and green energy goes to waste. The UK government has spotted an opportunity, funding the REFLEX project which aims to use that excess energy to develop new ways to power a community.

Tom Heap visits Orkney to see how hydrogen storage, huge batteries and electric ferries and cars can be lashed together with clever software to remove fossil fuels from an entire energy system.

Carbon Free Islands

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For more, see here:

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The REFLEX Project

 

Next week, Tom Heep will be considering how this might work for the UK:

Powering Britain

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The question, then, is to what extent this might be a model for the Sid Valley:

Green policies to make Sidmouth low carbon town to be discussed

   
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