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Scotland | Green and Alternative Energy Information

Offshore wind sector set to create 60 times more jobs in ten years

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Scotland’s offshore wind industry could create 28,000 jobs by 2020, contributing £7.1billion of investment to the economy, according to a report commissioned by Scottish Renewables and Scottish Enterprise.

The first comprehensive study of the potential impact of offshore wind on the Scottish economy suggests this new industry could create as many as 48,000 jobs – 28,000 directly, supported by a further 20,000 through related industries.

The Scottish Offshore Wind: Creating an Industry report also highlights that Scotland already has major strengths in the supply chain to this new industry in areas such as cable laying and subsea structures, with a number of Scottish-based businesses already generating significant revenues from offshore wind development.

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Surf’s up: tidal power in Scotland

Via Renewbl.com

A Norwegian tidal energy company, Hammerfest Strom, which is partially owned by ScottishPower Renewables, has entered a $6.25 million deal with Burntisland Fabrications in order to build a 1-megawatt tidal turbine.

Tidal power means harnessing energy from the flow of sea tide, which in some parts of the world can provide significant amounts of renewable energy. It is estimated that Scotland harbours one-fourth of the Europe’s offshore tidal and wind resources.

The 10 turbines will be set up in the Sound of Islay and by 2013 could make the Island of Islay a 100% renewable energy place. The project will be the largest demonstration tidal power initiative in the world.

Earlier this year, Hammerfest Strom announced that it received a $6.07 million grant from the Carbon Trust for the construction and testing of a 1 MW tidal power device at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, also in Scotland.

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