Monday, January 21, 2019

Tiny Orkney embracing renewables

Orkney, a windy, small archipelago in Scotland best known for the Ring of Brodgar (considered more important than Stonehenge), is now also becoming known for renewables. They’ve managed that without much help from the British government.

Orkney was once utterly dependent on power that was produced by burning coal and gas on the Scottish mainland and then transmitted through an undersea cable. Today the islands are so festooned with wind turbines, they cannot find enough uses for the emission-free power they create on their own.
They are mulling opportunities for the excess energy, including building hydrogen powered ferries.

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