£800m Peterhead energy park to deliver clean power revolution
December 2 2020
Novel proposals to decarbonise electricity production with the UK's first 'holistic' low carbon energy facility have secured £800m of investment from North China Power Engineering following a feasibility study.
Located close to Peterhead Power Station, Aberdeenshire, the 40-hectare energy park is led by Holistic Energy, to break ground in 2023 and produce electricity from 2026.
Concept designs prepared by Wood Group and XL Group alongside Will Rudd Davidson and Bell Ingram Design call for the use of a range of technologies to achieve these aims through the use of plant material and composting to generate green energy.
This will be supplemented by solar, wind and green hydrogen production as well as battery storage and investigation of the geothermal potential of the site.
Holistic Energy director Dr Gen Cannibal said: "The facility will have three primary purposes - to produce a local renewable power station in Peterhead which can approach the most commonly identified barriers to renewable uptake, to form a major R&D facility for new technologies that have reached the marketable stage but have not, as of yet, attained large scale market application in the UK and thirdly, to provide a significant replacement to gas-powered plants in satisfying Scottish electricity demands and, hence, decarbonising the Scottish economy."
Designed to reduce reliance on fossil fuels the plant could supply up to 200 megawatts of green energy to the grid, sufficient to power thousands of homes.
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