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Old November 27th, 2013, 01:03 AM   #1
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Construction begins on new Edinburgh speculative industrial development

Business Insider - 26th November, 2013



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Phase 1 construction now underway on West Edinburgh Business Park, due to complete in autumn of 2014.

Phase 1, being built on the former Pentad site in West Edinburgh on the south side of South Gyle Crescent, will bring more that 26,000 sq. ft of industrial space in two terraces with unit sizes ranging from 3,200 sq. ft and upwards.

The development, scheduled to complete in the autumn of 2014, has consent for Class 4 (Business), Class 5 (General Industrial) and Class 6 (Storage and Distribution) space and includes an allowance for 20 per cent of floor space to be used for trade and retail sales.

Developers J. Smart & Co (Contractors) Plc, said building and design opportunities are also available on Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the development, with potential units ranging in size from 10,000 to 40,000 sq. ft.

The park’s surrounding area is predominantly business orientated, comprising a mixture of headquarter office buildings and modern industrial warehousing.

Jones Lang LaSalle and Burns & Shaw are joint agents for the park.

Kirsty Palmer, associate director for Jones Lang LaSalle, said: “As the first speculative industrial development of its kind in Edinburgh since 2008, West Edinburgh Business Park offers a strong signal of optimism in terms of market demand for industrial space in Edinburgh.

“We’re confident that occupiers will be attracted by the flexibility, location, and quality of these competitively priced units.

“Located in one of Edinburgh’s most popular out of town business hubs, the finished development will open up a range of opportunities to new and existing businesses in the area, so we’re expecting demand to be high.”

Niall Burns, partner at Burns & Shaw, added: “Over the last 12 months we have seen a regular flow of enquiries for modern industrial warehousing under 5,000 sq. ft. but also for a number of bespoke requirements for unit sizes ranging from 10,000 to 40,000 sq. ft.

“West Edinburgh Business Park is well equipped to cater for both.”

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Bright idea as solar power sites identified

Edinburgh Evening News - 12th December, 2013

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Rolling banks of solar panels would be installed in disused quarries and former bings under radical plans to slash Edinburgh’s carbon footprint.

Nine target sites have been identified within early blueprints – including a 279-hectare swathe of Bonaly Country Park – which could see “meadows” of solar panels fixed for the next 25 years.

Just one hectare of solar panels could power 100 homes, and a council report suggests that any surplus energy could then be sold back to the National Grid. Many of the identified sites are privately owned and while no decision has been made, it is understood all will be investigated for their solar-energy potential. Planning and environmental advice will also be taken to ensure “they are fit for the proposed purpose”.

Along with Bonaly, other sites include the former tip at Blinkbonny, Torphin Quarry, Blackford Quarry and the Gilmerton Bing.

Councillor Chas Booth, energy spokesman for Edinburgh Greens, welcomed the plans but said he did not believe Bonaly Country Park “would make the cut”.

He said: “Development of renewables needs to be with community buy-in and in suitable places, as the Harlaw Hydro project in Bonaly shows.

“Edinburgh also needs desperately to fit this into a bigger picture to seize the renewables opportunity. Cities like Munich bring in millions of euros from generating energy on council buildings and land. Glasgow and Aberdeen are well ahead of Edinburgh too. Solar could be standard on public buildings, we could see new community-owned hydro on the Water of Leith and there should be real effort put into harnessing the huge potential of wind power.”

John Stirling, chair of Friends of the Pentlands, said his group “would not be dancing in the aisles” if solar banks were introduced to Bonaly Country Park.

He added: “Our logo is conservation, protection and enhancement and I don’t see that in these plans. We would have to look at this very carefully but I think someone is flying a kite with the Bonaly suggestion.”

The solar fields bid in Edinburgh comes six months after a five-acre site in Dalkeith was given over to more than 2500 photo-voltaic panels – becoming Scotland’s first solar meadow.

Run by Edinburgh College, the £1.2 million scheme will generate enough electricity each year to meet the college’s needs and reduce annual carbon emissions by 300,000 kilogrammes.

Last month, the Evening News told how a deal to fit hundreds of solar panels to council buildings is to be rushed through – to allow the authority to profit from sky high feed-in tariffs.

Plans to fit the roofs of about 25 publicly-owned buildings across Edinburgh with the energy-producing panels will be approved to help the cash-strapped authority pay for community projects.

Tariq Muneer, professor of energy engineering at Edinburgh Napier University, said the plans “made sense” and were a step in the right direction. “I would welcome this because we need to put more money into renewable energy and these are the truly sustainable sources of energy.

“The solar industry is now competing and the Germans say that by 2016 it will compete head-on with the fossil fuel industry and I think that’s not a bad estimate.”

Leading renewables expert Jonathan Scurlock, a chief advisor to the National Farmers’ Union, said just one hectare of “suitably placed” solar panels could power approximately 100 homes in Edinburgh.

He said: “Solar panels don’t have to be hideous and have an advantage over wind power because you can’t get away from the fact that wind turbines are pretty prominent.

“There is an opportunity with solar to actually have it blend into the landscape.”

Mark Turley, director of services for communities, wrote in the report to councillors on the solar meadow proposals that officials would have to take into account the landscape/visual impact, ecological impact, archeology, impact on communities, “glint and glare impacts” and any aviation issues.

Cllr Frank Ross, convener of the economy committee, said: “This is still at a very early stage and if the committee agree the report we published this week, all of the sites named will then have to be assessed for their suitability.”

The solar panel report will be discussed at Monday’s economy committee.
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Green jobs are go as project set for revival

Edinburgh Evening News - 15th January, 2014

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City leaders want to capitalise on an employment boom in renewable energy by restarting a stalled project promising 800 jobs.

Spanish firm Gamesa, which manufactures offshore wind turbines, announced plans in 2012 for a £125 million production base in Leith, but it was put on ice soon afterwards when the UK Government announced a review of energy markets.

Now that the government has signalled a switch in subsidies from onshore to offshore developments, city economy leader Frank Ross, below, hopes to start talks with Gamesa about reviving the scheme.

The move comes as latest figures show there are now 2000 people in Edinburgh and the Lothians employed in renewable energy – a five per cent increase in a year.

Scottish Renewables, which represents more than 330 organisations working in the industry, cited Pelamis and Limpet Technology, both based in Leith, and FoundOcean in Livingston, as examples of the growing and varied sector in the area.

Joss Blamire, policy manager for Scottish Renewables, said: “The renewables industry has seen steady growth in the number of people being employed despite an uncertain year. The breadth of job opportunities for project managers, ecologists and engineers has led to a wide range of people seeing renewable energy as a sector where they can use their skills and training.”

Councillor Ross said uncertainty created by the UK Government’s energy review put the project on hold. However, at the end of last year, the government announced subsidies for offshore wind projects were to be increased and onshore subsidies reduced.

Cllr Ross said: “I’m hopeful that now they have switched the emphasis and subsidy, that will allow us to reopen discussion with Gamesa again.

“They wanted clarity from the UK Government. Unfortunately, that has taken almost two years, but we believe the review has now given them the clarity they were looking for.

“We hope to get discussions in the next month or two. Hopefully their investment plans are still in line with what we were expecting.”

He said with the success of the other firms in Leith, there was a good opportunity to establish a renewable hub in the port.

Scottish Labour finance spokesman Iain Gray MSP welcomed the latest research.

“This report shows once again that the renewables sector is a real opportunity for economic growth in Scotland,” he said.

Lothian Green MSP Alison Johnstone said it was heartening to see the renewable industry continuing to grow.

She said: “We’re seeing the creation of highly-skilled, secure jobs and we must encourage more of this type of employment.”
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Wind turbine firms Gamesa and Areva in joint venture

BBC News - 21st January, 2014

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Two companies planning to build wind turbine factories in Scotland are in talks to form a joint venture, which could mean reduced manufacturing plans.

Gamesa of Spain and French firm Areva both announced in 2012 they planned manufacturing in the east of Scotland.

They have committed to "fulfil existing industrial development commitments in the UK and France".

The Scottish plans, for manufacture on two sites, are not yet firm commitments.

That suggests the joint venture makes it less likely the companies will wish to build both planned Scottish plants.

A spokeswoman for Gamesa, which said nearly two years ago that it aims to create 1000 jobs by building in Leith, said it is too early in the joint venture talks to say what effect it could have on manufacturing.

Areva said in November 2012 that it wants to build a plant, and could create up to 750 jobs. This was expected to be in Dundee though it could be in Edinburgh's docklands.

Although the UK market for offshore wind developments is expected to become the world's biggest, it is only one part of the new joint venture's global reach. The two main focuses are in northern Europe and in Asia.

The agreement announced on Monday is to negotiate on a 50/50 joint-venture company.

That would allow for joint research and joint efforts in "industrialisation capacity and expertise in the development of a supply chain, both internal and external".

The companies expect to combine their efforts in learning from onshore developments and applying them to offshore wind.

Both companies are understood to be in the development phase of creating the nest generation of wind turbine equipment.

Areva, based in Paris, has been in offshore wind since 2004, and is currently installing 120 turbines in the North Sea. It is also a major developer in the nuclear power industry.

In Madrid, Gamesa has been in the wind energy sector for 19 years.

Luc Oursel, president and chief executive of Areva, said: "By choosing to create a European offshore wind champion with GAMESA, AREVA is playing a key role in the consolidation, already underway, of the offshore wind sector, and confirms its long-term commitment to renewable energies".

Ignacio Martin, chairman of Gamesa, said: "This agreement with AREVA allows GAMESA to position itself as a market leader in the offshore wind industry".

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland, commented on the planned merger: "This is great news and the Scottish Government will continue to work closely with both companies to support their plans and ensure maximum benefit to Scotland from this joint venture.

"I look forward to discussing plans for the future and for Scotland with both companies as we seek to maximise our offshore wind potential."
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Marine energy sector investment to help set up new engineering hub

STV News - 26th February, 2014

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New investment in the marine energy sector will help establish a global engineering hub in Edinburgh, the Scottish Government has said.

Tidal power company Atlantis Resources Corporation is to receive £2m from the Renewable Energy Investment Fund (REIF) to set up the centre of excellence, which is expected to create around 20 new jobs.

A further five marine energy projects will also benefit from a £2.8m share of the Marine Renewables Commercialisation Fund (MRCF).

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing will announce details of the two initiatives at the RenewableUK Wave and Tidal Conference and Exhibition in Belfast on Wednesday.

Mr Ewing said: "Scotland is at the forefront of developing offshore and low carbon energy generation technology with some of the world's greatest wind, wave and tidal resources heavily concentrated in the waters around our country.

"Today's allocation of almost £5m in MRCF and REIF funding highlights our commitment to supporting the growth of the marine energy sector in Scotland.

"Our ambition for Scotland's emerging wave and tidal sector remains great. We know that the successful harnessing of ocean power takes hard work and persistence and the Scottish Government is determined to support those within the industry."

Atlantis chief executive Tim Cornelius said: "This investment is clearly a serious vote in confidence in Atlantis's plans as a tidal energy developer and our plans to deliver Scotland's first major tidal energy project in the Pentland Firth.

"However, its benefits won't stop there. It will not only create Scottish jobs here today but also help create new foreign markets to export Scottish skills to tomorrow, putting Scotland at the forefront of the fast-growing global tidal energy sector."

The £18m MRCF is a Scottish Government fund administered by the Carbon Trust to support the marine energy sector in Scotland.

The £103m REIF was created to support marine, district heating and community renewable projects.

WWF Scotland director Lang Banks said: "This announcement is a very welcome and timely boost for Scotland's marine renewables sector.

"If we want this industry to play a major role in Scotland's energy future then it's vital we see commercial-scale wave and tidal power devices deployed as soon as possible. These announcements of funding support will certainly be helpful in that respect.

"Alongside energy-saving measures, marine renewables have an important role to play in meeting the Government commitment to decarbonise our power supply by 2030.

"With careful planning, we can harness wave and tidal energy to help cut our climate emissions while safeguarding the nation's marine environment."
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Leith Docks wind energy investment delayed by Westminster "dithering"

STV Edinburgh - 29th March, 2014

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A city councillor has blamed Westminster's “dithering” over energy subsidies for a lack of progress in bringing hundreds of green collar jobs to Leith Docks.

In 2011, there was much fanfare when the Spanish wind turbine firm, Gamesa, announced it had signed an exclusive agreement with Forth Ports to develop a manufacturing facility on Leith Docks.

The fanfare seemed justified, after all, it is claimed that the proposed £125m development would create 800 high quality “green” manufacturing jobs, as well as 200 extra jobs in the supply chain, diversifying the economy of a city whose economy is overwhelming focused on the service sector.

But three years down the line, there are few visible signs of progress in Leith, as well as concern that big private investors are scaling back in Scotland, despite hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money from Scottish Enterprise being invested in support of Leith Docks.

Just this week, energy giant SSE announced it was reducing its commitment to several Scottish offshore wind energy schemes including some off the east coast of Scotland that could conceivably have been supplied by the Leith plant.

SSE's managing director of generation development, Jim Smith, explained: "The future of offshore wind farm development depends on a sustainable and lower cost supply chain." Adding that current government support for offshore wind is “limited.”

Meanwhile, Gamesa, the Spanish firm that has already signed a tentative agreement with Forth Ports to locate on Leith Docks, has insisted that it “remains committed to investing in the UK”, even though it too is consolidating its position.

Earlier this year it announced that it is to form a joint vehicle with Areva to take forwards its North Sea offshore wind projects. In a statement this week, it remained tight-lipped over what this might mean for Leith, and said it cannot give more details on its plans “until the definitive agreement with Areva is signed.”

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And to top it all, a competitor firm to Gamesa, Siemens, has announced that it will proceed with a multi-million pound offshore wind turbine manufacturing facility in Hull.

Against this background, is there a chance that Leith could miss out on the green jobs revolution to places like Hull?

That is certainly the concern of Leith Councillor Chas Booth, who blames Whitehall for the lack of progress in Leith.

He said: "Great hopes of the possibility of green collar jobs and investment for Leith were raised in 2012 when Gamesa announced its intention to pursue a manufacturing plant at the docks.

"Since then the uncertainty in the industry created by the Westminster Government's dithering over support for renewables has meant no deal has been finalised and no jobs or investment in clean renewable energy have yet been made."

The lack of clarity for private investors in the electricity market was also highlighted by Forth Ports as a barrier to progress.

A spokesperson for the owners of Leith Docks said: "Until we know the outcome of the Electricity Market Reform there is uncertainty for many organisations in the renewables marketplace. Meanwhile, we continue our discussions with a range of companies involved in the renewables supply chain."

Industry hope

Despite this uncertainty, those close to the industry remain hopeful that the prize of manufacturing jobs may yet materialise on Leith docks.

Even though no formal planning applications have been forthcoming, Scottish Enterprise have already invested more than £500,000 in laying the groundwork for investment in Leith Docks. The body reiterated this week that "they continue to work up detailed proposals," for a range of port infrastructure enhancements on the east coast of Scotland, including Leith.

And Lindsay Leask, Senior Policy Manager at industry body Scottish Renewables, sounded a more hopeful note, adding: “The success of the offshore wind industry in Scotland and the UK is determined by one key metric, and that is scale. Turbine manufacturers will only come to Scotland, as Siemens have to England, when they have the certainty of a strong customer base.

“We were delighted that two of our major offshore wind projects were granted planning consent last week by the Scottish Government, but another three remain in the system and all those developers are in the process of applying for a Contract for Difference – the new support mechanism for nuclear, renewables and carbon capture and storage.

“We would hope that Scottish projects will be included in the first round of CfDs to be awarded in November. When that happens, those projects will be able to make their final investment decisions, and then move to awarding contracts to turbine suppliers.”

Despite the chorus of criticism from north of the border, a Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesperson said that their strategy was keeping the UK at the forefront of wind energy investment.

They insisted: “The UK has one of the most attractive markets in the world for investment in renewable energy, with over £30billion invested since 2010 and £40billion more to be invested before 2020 thanks to our electricity market reforms, which give investors long-term certainty.

“Our strategy for offshore wind is working; bringing investment, jobs and growth, and keeping Britain the number one country in the world for offshore wind.”

It would seem that there’s a chance that Leith may yet become a centre of the green energy revolution, but just not quite as quickly as many may have hoped.
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Green energy bid for Cockenzie Power station

Edinburgh Evening News - 22nd May, 2014

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Cockenzie Power Station could be transformed into a huge renewable energy park constructing offshore wind turbines, according to plans being put out to tender by a government agency.

The proposed development would create a modern industrial landscape between Prestonpans and Port Seton, with giant turbines being manufactured 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Construction of a deep-water port for exporting the turbines could also lead to additional investment to the area, with a cruise ship terminal being proposed for the site.

The plans, which could bring thousands of jobs to the area, have been set out in a report by government agency Scottish Enterprise, with a consultation expected “in the coming weeks”.

If adopted, it would overtake a previous proposal from Scottish Power to turn the defunct coal-fired plant – powered down for the last time in March 2013 – into a modern gas-burning power station.

However, concerns are already being raised over the impact on the local landscape. The Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report admits that the impact on the local community, marine life, habitat and coastline would be significant, affecting the nearby Battle of Prestonpans historical site and requiring the new John Muir Way to be rerouted.

The physical impact of the site would be huge, with a massive new quay requiring up to 11.8 hectares of land to be reclaimed from the sea. Cranes as high as 156 metres would tower over the site and a 50-metre high lighting mast would provide 24-hour illumination. The plans would also require the B1348 Edinburgh Road to be moved.

East Lothian Council leader Willie Innes said: “It is still early days and we are committed to working with Scottish Enterprise to explore the potential of this strategically important national asset.

“The council has been working with Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Power and other partners to secure the future use of Cockenzie. These proposals offer a potential opportunity for the long-term use of the site.”

Firms have been invited to contact Scottish Enterprise to express interest in the plans.

A spokesman for Scottish Power said: “The Scottish Government’s National Planning Framework identified Cockenzie as a strategically important hub for the development of an energy hub, and we support Scottish Enterprise with their study.”

David Leven, head of energy infrastructure at Scottish Enterprise, said: “We are currently looking at a number of options to fully unlock the economic development potential of the Cockenzie Power Station site. The report outlines an initial potential scheme which will now be looked at in more detail.”
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Renewables wave simulator unveiled in Edinburgh

The Scotsman - 5th June, 2014



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A simulator capable of recreating coastlines around the globe has been unveiled by Edinburgh Univerisity.

The circular pool, 25 metres across and two metres can recreate waves and currents from coastlines around the UK, Europe and beyond and will assist in research and development in the off-shore renewables industry.

The FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility, managed by University of Edinburgh subsidiary company FloWave TT Ltd, can simulate scale version equivalents of waves up to 28 metres high and currents of up to 14 knots, using 2.4 million litres of water.

Researchers can use the facility to develop and refine full-scale devices such as wave and tidal energy converters, floating offshore wind platforms, and vessels to install and maintain offshore projects.

Testing devices at scale in a tank can enable research milestones to be achieved in days or weeks, compared with months or years in open water. This accelerated development should help bring clean energy products to market more quickly and cost-effectively, at lower risk.

The £9.5 million FloWave facility was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the University.

Professor Sir Timothy O’ Shea, Principal of the University of Edinburgh, said: “We are delighted to mark the official launch of this pioneering facility, which will speed the development of devices to harness wave and current power, and further enhance the University’s position as a centre of excellence in marine energy research.”
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Bennetts unveil Edinburgh marine energy testing tank

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Bennetts Associates have completed a marine wave and tidal testing facility for the University of Edinburgh, designed to trial new renewable energy technologies in a controlled environment.

The £9.5m FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility can simulate waves up to 28m in height and currents of up to 14 knots in its 2.4m litre tank. These capabilities can be used to simulate a wide variety of coastal waters and opens up avenues for researchers and industry to develop a new generation of tidal energy converters, floating offshore wind platforms, and vessels to install and maintain offshore projects.

In addition to the 25 x 2m circular pool the complex also boasts a model workshop, office and meeting space all housed within a naturally ventilated and highly insulated structure.

Professor Philip Nelson, chief executive of project co-funders the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, said: “EPSRC’s investment in the FloWave facility will help keep the UK at the forefront of marine energy technology research and development. Research here can accelerate the deployment of these technologies which, in turn, will help us meet our low-carbon targets create jobs and boost growth.”

Mace served as project manager for the build with structural and service engineering services provided by Arup.
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Edinburgh and Midlothian Zero Waste project preferred bidder revealed

Scottish Construction Now! - 3rd December, 2014



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The preferred bidder to build a state-of-the-art resource for processing household rubbish has been announced by Zero Waste: Edinburgh and Midlothian.

FCC Medio Ambiente SA (FCC) has won the competition to design, construct, finance and operate the facility, which will be fuelled by waste collected by both councils that would otherwise go to landfill.

The joint Zero Waste partners aim to sign the 25-year contract in 2015, with FCC operating on site by 2018. This will be alongside a food waste treatment plant which is currently under construction on the Zero Waste Parc next to the Millerhill Marshalling Yard in Midlothian.

The contract to process up to 135,000 tonnes of mixed waste annually will provide a long-term, competitively priced solution for the recovery of value from the landfill waste collected by City of Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils.

It is hoped the project to treat both food and landfill waste on the site, creating renewable energy in the process, will help both authorities reach the national recycling target of 70 per cent by 2025 and the national landfill diversion target of 95 per cent by 2025.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, environment convener for City of Edinburgh Council, said: “This is a key part of our long term strategy on the journey to drive down landfill waste. Our priority is to encourage the public to cut down on waste and to fully engage in recycling. This facility will ensure that any waste remaining after recyclable materials have been separated out will be treated as a resource and no longer disposed of in a landfill site.”

Councillor Jim Bryant, cabinet member for economic development at Midlothian Council, said: “FCC’s proposal offers a local solution that will benefit both partner councils equally. I am delighted with the economic benefits and opportunities which the regeneration of this brownfield site presents and I will be particularly keen to see FCC develop a local heat network that can link into some of the other exciting projects that are set to transform this area.”

The details of the agreement are now being worked up with a view to signing the contract by the middle of next year.
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Jobs threat as Aquamarine Power 'downsizes'

BBC News - 3rd December, 2014

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Scotland's renewables industry has been dealt a fresh blow with the news that wave energy firm Aquamarine Power is to "significantly downsize" its business.

The Edinburgh-based company said it had launched a consultation process with staff as part of a major restructuring.

BBC Scotland understands Aquamarine's workforce could be cut from more than 50 to less than 20.

Last month, Edinburgh-based wave power firm Pelamis went into administration.

Aquamarine Power chief executive John Malcolm said the decision to downsize the firm came after a strategic review.

He said: "This will involve retaining a core operational and management team to run the business and continue maintaining our Oyster 800 wave machine at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.

"We have entered into a consultation process with all of our employees on how we will take forward the restructuring and redundancy programme.

"This is obviously taking place at a difficult time of year and we will be working very closely with every employee to achieve the best outcome for all."

He added: "None of this is a reflection on the extraordinary dedication and hard work of every single member of the Aquamarine Power team; rather it is a consequence of the considerable financial, regulatory and technical challenges faced by the ocean energy sector as a whole.

"In a relatively short number of years our business has significantly advanced the goal of generating electricity from waves and this has relied wholly upon the bright ideas, innovation and talent of the people who work here.

"We remain confident that Oyster technology offers the best route to a commercial near shore wave energy machine."

The Scottish government recently announced it would set up a new technology development body to encourage innovation in the wave energy industry.

It added that Wave Energy Scotland would bring the best engineering and academic minds together to work on furthering wave technology.
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Energy-from-waste plant targets 2018 opening

Edinburgh Evening News - 30th December, 2014

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A giant incinerator capable of powering up to 30,000 homes will be online by 2018 if planners give the long-awaited project the green light.

The £144 million energy-from-waste plant – called the Millerhill Energy Recovery Centre – has taken a step forward after Spanish-based firm FCC Medio Ambiente SA announced it had won the contract to run the facility, thought to be worth £475m over the next 25 years.

It is hoped the plant will process up to 195,000 tonnes of household and commercial rubbish each year from Edinburgh and Midlothian – helping both local authorities meet their landfill targets.

A former railway yard south of Fort Kinnaird – previously Millerhill Marshalling Yards – has been earmarked for the incinerator that will also produce heat for nearby estates.

A pre-planning application has now been lodged with Midlothian Council. David Molland, a planning manager for FCC Environment, said: “The Millerhill ERC would receive approximately 195,000 tonnes per annum of residential, municipal and commercial and industrial waste.

“Following further recovery of materials from the residential waste and the subsequent combustion of the waste, the facility would generate heat energy in the form of steam.”

Lesley Hinds, environment convener for Edinburgh City Council, said the energy-from-waste centre at Millerhill would be vital in helping the region become more eco-friendly.

“This is a key part of our long-term strategy on the journey to drive down landfill waste,” she said.

“Our priority is to encourage the public to cut down on waste and to fully engage in recycling. This facility will ensure that any waste remaining after recyclable materials have been separated out will be treated as a resource and no longer disposed of in a landfill site.”

Midlothian councillor Jim Bryant, cabinet member for economic development, said FCC was chosen to run the centre because its plans included the provision of a new heat source for residents.

He said: “I am delighted with the economic benefits and opportunities which the regeneration of this brownfield site presents and I will be particularly keen to see FCC develop a local heat network that can link into some of the other exciting projects that are set to transform this area.”

In 2011, Midlothian Council approved planning permission in principle to erect a range of waste treatment facilities at a new Zero Waste Parc (Prevention and Recycling Centre) located on the site.

Work has already begun on a anaerobic digestion facility capable of converting 30,000 tonnes of food waste annual into electricity.
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Council set to support the creation of 30 jobs

City of Edinburgh Council - 22nd April, 2015

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Up to 30 new jobs are set to be created by businesses looking to expand, thanks to a proposal outlined in a report published by the City of Edinburgh Council today.

Growing small to medium sized businesses would benefit from the development of East Hermiston Business Park at Cutlins Road, Sighthill if the project is agreed by councillors. It would also be the first time the Council’s Strategic Investment Fund has been used. It was established in 2013 to help create new development opportunities, support business innovation, deliver jobs and promote economic growth in Edinburgh.

The proposal is for the creation of small starter units totalling 1,600sqm (17,200 sq ft) of modern industrial space to met increasing demand and a shortage of quality units in the city as well as giving the Council a new high quality income generating asset. Research by the Council has identified an increasing shortage of good-quality industrial space in Edinburgh, with a report on supply and demand in the industrial market currently being prepared as part of the Edinburgh 12 initiative.

The business park would be designed to best practice standards in terms of sustainability and it is proposed that solar photovoltaic panels would be mounted on the units, generating renewable electricity.

The development of the business park is projected to have a total development cost of approximately £2,000,000. This represents slightly over one-quarter of the total £7,500,000 allocated to the Council’s Strategic Investment Fund.

Cllr Frank Ross, Convener of the Economy Committee, said: “This is a very exciting proposal and if agreed by Committee could help to support the creation of up to 30 new jobs. The site has excellent transport connectivity, lying within 500m of the City Bypass and within 100m of Edinburgh Park railway station and tram stop.

"This would be a great boost to Edinburgh’s economy by businesses who may currently be struggling to find quality units to expand. If successful, we will look at a follow up proposals to build much needed industrial space elsewhere in the city."

The report will be considered by the Economy Committee on Tuesday, 28 April and will then go on to the Council meeting in May. If agreed, the units could be ready for occupation in the latter half of 2016.
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Solar panels to be fitted to 25 council buildings

Edinburgh Evening News - 25th May, 2015

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Solar panels are to be installed on 25 publicly-owned buildings throughout the Capital under a fresh agreement with community leaders.

The city council will work in partnership with the Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative (ECSC), supported by Energy4All, to deliver what is believed to be the largest socially-owned urban renewable energy project ever undertaken in the UK.

Schools, leisure centres and community facilities are set to become solar panel sites amid hopes the technology will generate “significant” environmental and social benefits.

It is also expected that installation will ensure cost savings while reducing Edinburgh’s carbon emissions by an estimated 855 tonnes a year.

Work is currently underway to identify suitable sites and selected locations will be announced at a later date.

Environmental leaders today hailed the scheme and said it would have a positive impact on public services.

Dr Richard Dixon, ECSC chair, said: “2015 is an important year for climate change, with the world’s nations supposed to agree new global targets in Paris at the end of the year. Around the world local people are creating their own solutions to climate change by investing in local renewable energy schemes.

“The Edinburgh scheme is a winner all round because it will reduce climate emissions and provide cheap energy for schools and other council buildings. Local people will also get a decent return on any money they choose to invest.”

Project organisers said shares would be offered to organisations or individuals who want to invest, with priority allocation given to Edinburgh residents.

It is understood many of the host buildings will be schools, enabling solar panels to become educational tools helping pupils engage with environmental themes such as renewable energy.

Each device will also feature a real-time electricity generation display, which will be visible on buildings and accessible to pupils online.

City chiefs said the roll-out would mean a step change in the Capital’s relationship with energy.

Councillor Adam McVey, transport and environment vice-leader, said: “This is fantastic news for Edinburgh and will bring long-term environmental, social and economic benefits.

“Community energy co-operatives allow local people to play a part in building a greener, more sustainable environment whilst raising awareness more generally about the importance of being energy efficient.”

He added: “We are aiming to meet our target of reducing Edinburgh’s carbon emissions by 42 per cent by 2020 and this project is an important step towards us achieving this.”
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25 Edinburgh council properties get solar panels

Edinburgh Evening News - 27th June, 2015

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A troubled community centre in the Capital has been selected to host solar panels in what is believed to be the UK’s largest ever socially-owned urban renewable energy project.

Cameron House in Prestonfield is among 25 council buildings which have been chosen to host the technology. Earlier this year, it emerged city officials were being investigated amid a six-year wrangle over what went wrong at the centre, which was rebuilt in 2009 but is wrestling with problems such as leaking gutters and front doors built too low.

However, its inclusion in the Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative (ECSC) and Energy4All solar panel project marks a new chapter, as 24 other sites – most of them learning establishments – prepare for planning work to begin.

Mothers and fathers have welcomed the project’s educational focus, with real-time electricity generation displays set to go up on participating school buildings.

Fiona Kenny, parent council member at East Craigs Primary, which has been selected to take part, said: “Obviously it’s fantastic.

“They should consider it for the new constructions being put up but even with the existing building, it’s fantastic making pupils understand eco and energy impacts at such a young age.

“They are being brought up with that understanding throughout their lives which means that awareness of energy usage becomes matter of fact – it’s almost embedded as a thought process if it’s introduced at such a young age.”

She added: “Every benefit that we can identify to help the environment should be pushed through. But it’s about getting that understanding down to the root and these children are key to that – so many adults just do not care.”

It is expected that, once complete, solar panel installation will ensure cost savings while reducing Edinburgh’s carbon emissions by an estimated 855 tonnes a year.

Senior figures at Energy4All have welcomed progress towards full implementation.

A spokeswoman said: “This is Energy4All’s first city roof top solar project and we are delighted to be working alongside both Edinburgh Solar Co-operative and Edinburgh City Council.

“We provide accounting and administration to the co-operative, ensuring both the board of Edinburgh Solar and its members receive the highest level of service. We look forward to playing our part in making Edinburgh a cleaner, greener city.”

City chiefs have hailed the confirmed list of participating buildings as a “milestone” in the solar panel project.

Councillor Adam McVey, transport and environment vice-leader, said: “As well as the substantial environmental and social benefits of the new community energy co-operative, the installation of the solar panels will also create fantastic educational resources for schools across the city.

“Each device comes with a real-time display of electricity generation, which will be displayed on the buildings and accessible online.”

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Cameron House Community Centre

Buckstone Primary

Carrick Knowe Primary

East Craigs Primary

Currie High School

Redhall Primary

Canal View Primary

Dean Park Primary

Tumbles at Portobello

Ratho Primary

Davidson’s Mains Primary

Oaklands Special School

Clermiston Primary

St Ninian’s Primary

Carrickvale Community Centre

Gylemuir Primary

Currie Primary

Woodlands School

Liberton Primary

Cramond Primary

Drumbrae Leisure Centre

Wardie Primary

St Catherine’s Primary

Ainslie Park Leisure Centre

Trinity Academy
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Planning application submitted for a Recycling & Energy Recovery Centre at Millerhill.

15/00285/DPP | Erection of waste recycling and treatment facility including combined heat and power plant facility, comprising treatment buildings; office building and visitor centre; formation of access; internal circulation roads; hardstanding areas; weighbridge, car parking and associated infrastructure (this application is accompanied by an environmental statement submitted under the terms of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Regulations 2011)) | Former Millerhill Marshalling Yards Whitehill Road Millerhill Dalkeith

The location is land formerly occupied by the Millerhill marshalling yards, and situated between currently active railway yards and the eventual NE edge of the new town of Shawfair. To the north, the site will be bordered by an Anaerobic Digestion Facility, which is currently under construction.





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Community-owned hydro power plant at Harlaw Reservoir switched on

STV Edinburgh - 1st September, 2015

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A community-owned hydro power plant has been switched on in Edinburgh.

The facility at Harlaw Reservoir is owned by its 250 community shareholders who have invested £400,000.

They will sell power to the National Grid and use the profits to benefit the local community.

It is hoped that over the next 20 years £1m in income will go into the area.

The idea was mooted by Balerno Village Trust in 2009 and it was switched on by energy minister Fergus Ewing on Tuesday.

Martin Petty, chairman of Harlaw Hydro Limited, said: "At its peak, water in the Water of Leith valley powered 70 water wheels; it was the main source of power for industry in west Edinburgh.

"To see some of that power being harnessed as green energy and also generating revenue for the community is wonderful."

Mr Ewing said: "Community energy is a key priority for the Scottish Government; it provides an opportunity to spread the benefits, and our support for community projects reflects their importance in empowering communities to take control of their local resources.

"The Harlaw project is a great example of this and I want to congratulate all involved for making this happen."
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Celtic Renewables get major funding boost to build biofuel plant

Edinburgh Reporter - 7th September, 2015

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Celtic Renewables is the biggest winner in a competition run by the Department for Transport (DfT), earning an £11million grant to help it build the world’s first plant dedicated to the production of advanced biofuel from the residues of the whisky industry.

The Edinburgh-based company is one of three advanced biofuel producers to share in a £25million funding pot.

The winners were announced today by Andrew Jones, the UK Transport Minister at Celtic Renewables’ headquarters at Edinburgh Napier University.

The company will use the funding to build a biofuel facility that will be operational by December 2018, producing at least 1million litres of biofuel, capable of powering cars, every year.

2015_03 CelticRenewables 7Professor Martin Tangney, the company’s founder and President, said he was delighted with the award which would allow it to create Europe’s first facility for acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation for 50 years.

The process, that uses bacterial fermentation to produce advanced biofuels from carbohydrates such as starch and glucose, was originally devised in the UK at the start of the last century to produce acetone for explosives used in the First World War. It was phased-out in the 1960s due to competition from the petrochemical industry.

Professor Tangney said: “Our aim is to reintroduce that process but in a modern context which allows us to use the leftovers from the whisky industry to create a fuel source that contributes to the low carbon future we all want.”

He added: “We are committed to developing a new industry right here in the UK that will be worth more than £100million-a-year and it starts here.

“We have already attracted investment and partners in the private sector and this funding announced today will allow us to scale-up to industrial production.

“Our next step is to open a demonstration facility and we are targeting a location in or near Grangemouth which is an area that’s strategically right for us.”

Mr Jones said: “I am delighted to announce that Celtic Renewables is one of three winners of the DfT’s Advanced Biofuels Demonstration competition.

“The point of the competition was to reward companies that take low value waste and use their intellectual meat to create something of high value which also contributes to low carbon development, manufacturing and science.

“There is no better demonstration of this than Celtic Renewables’ great ideas and this money will help them to put those into practice. It’s a fantastic story that fits perfectly with our aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonizing transport.”

Earlier this year Celtic Renewables was named Europe’s most innovative biotech SME.

The spin-out company from the Biofuel Research Centre (BfRC) at Edinburgh Napier University was presented with the award and a cheque for €10,000 at the European Parliament by Carlos Moedas, the EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

It has spent the last 18 months developing its process as part of a £1million programme funded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) under its Energy Entrepreneurs Fund.

Biofuel is produced from draff – the sugar-rich kernels of barley which are soaked in water to facilitate the fermentation process necessary for whisky production – and pot ale, the copper-containing yeasty liquid that is left over following distillation.

The other companies which won funding in the DfT competition are Teesside-based Nova Pangaea, which produces biofuel from forestry waste, and Swindon-based Advanced Plasma Products.
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Aquamarine Power boosted by European Union grant

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Aquamarine Power has been boosted by a £580,000 grant from the European Union to help it accelerate the development of commercial wave energy technology.

The Edinburgh firm will work with the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM), after both were awarded the EU Horizon 2020 grant.

They aim to improve Aquamarine's Oyster wave energy converter.

The company has already built and run two full-scale Oysters at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.

The new Brussels-backed programme, called Innowave, will enable three PhD researchers to explore ways to optimise the energy capture and economic performance of Oyster.

As part of the three-year programme, the researchers will split their time between Aquamarine and NUIM's Centre for Ocean Energy Research in County Kildare.

One project will look at all aspects of the Oyster design from an economic perspective.

The other two will look at the development and implementation of control systems applicable to shore-based and offshore power take-off systems.

Aquamarine Power chief executive Paddy O'Kane said: "Aquamarine Power's aim is to become the world's leading supplier of utility-scale wave farm power stations.

"With the survivability and performance potential of our Oyster wave technology now largely proven following four years of continuous deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, we are significantly advanced towards that goal.

"This collaboration with NUIM will now help us focus on driving down costs and further improving performance."

Lindsay Roberts, senior policy manager for industry body Scottish Renewables, said: "Scotland leads the world in the development of wave energy devices, and it's fantastic to see that the European Union's commitment to the technology remains strong.

"Aquamarine Power's Oyster has generated some great results from its testing to date, and further work on power take-off will help ensure that it remains on course for commercialisation."

In March, Aquamarine claimed "exceptional results" following lengthy sea trials of its Oyster 800 wave machine.

It said operational data verified that the Oyster generated power as predicted in wave tank and numerical tests.

The tests, conducted last year, included operating during major storms with waves of up to 8m.

In July, Wave Energy Scotland said it would provide £2m in funding to Aquamarine Power, Bosch Rexroth and Carnegie Wave Energy to further develop a reliable Power Take Off (PTO) system, known as WavePOD.
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£144m recycling plant gets council green light

Edinburgh Evening News - 16th September, 2015

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A giant incinerator capable of powering up to 30,000 homes has been given planning permission.

The £144 million waste recycling and heat and power plant, to be run by Spanish-based firm FCC Medio Ambiente, is set to be constructed on the former railway marshalling yards at Millerhill.

The new plant will treat and provide energy from waste collected from Edinburgh and Midlothian that currently goes directly to landfill.

Now that planning permission has been unanimously granted by Midlothian Council, the 25-year contract – said to be worth £475m – will see up to 135,000 tonnes of mixed waste processed annually to produce electricity for the National Grid.

It will also produce energy suitable for a district heating scheme, with less than five per cent of all waste going to landfill in line with Scottish Government targets.

Councillor Lesley Hinds, environment leader at the city council, said: “This decision takes us a step closer to our goal of achieving the highest possible public participation in recycling while having dedicated, competitively priced facilities that will use all the remaining waste that cannot be readily recovered as a valuable resource.”

However, Councillor Chas Booth, from the Scottish Greens, said the plant would prove a waste of money and would discourage recycling.

He said: “That money would be much better invested in council services instead.

“The way to tackle Edinburgh’s waste problem is to improve our focus on waste reduction, reuse schemes and improved recycling, not to send waste to be burnt in an incinerator.

“And I’m particularly concerned that this new incinerator may undermine efforts to improve recycling and waste reduction rates in the city.”

Richard Dixon, director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, shared Cllr Booth’s concerns.

He added: “This giant incinerator will do very little to encourage Edinburgh and Midlothian councils to increase recycling or reduce the levels of waste they create.

“Deals like these could mean Edinburgh and Midlothian councils are contractually obliged to keep producing mountains of waste for the next 25 years.

“This is a bad deal for the councils and a bad deal for the environment.”

But Councillor Jim Bryant, cabinet member for economic development at Midlothian Council, said: “This decision is of equal benefit to both partner councils as it represents the chance to turn a derelict, brownfield site into a valuable energy production centre.

“A district heating network could bring economic benefits to the many exciting developments that are transforming the Shawfair area and beyond, as well as attracting other innovative projects and employment opportunities.”
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