Plans have been unveiled to construct a large-scale renewable energy park in the north east of Scotland.
It is designed to deliver between 150 – 200 MW of green energy to supply to the Scottish grid, with the capacity to power tens of thousands of homes across the north-east of Scotland.
It has attracted overseas interest from an investment group – North China Power Engineering (NCPE) – which has pledged £800 million for the build-out phase.
The developer, Edinburgh-based Holistic Energy hopes to commence in building in 2023 and be operational by 2026.
The ambitious, large-scale development is earmarked to be built on a purchased 40-hectare (99 acre) site close to the existing Peterhead Power Station, Aberdeenshire.
Holistic Energy has completed a feasibility and evaluation study of what is claimed will be the UK’s “first holistic low carbon energy facility”.
The feasibility study has produced an outline layout of the facility, the range of technologies to be used and how these will interact, to ensure the best possible efficiency and the lower environmental impact.
Concepts have already drawn up to encompass and integrate several different energy generation technologies. These include a mixed fuel gasification and biomass plant, a green biodiesel production facility and an aerobic digestion plant. These will be housed alongside solar PV, wind energy, and supported by a green hydrogen production facility and large-scale battery storage facilities.
As a phase two to the project, Holistic Energy will explore the deep geothermal potential of the site.
Holistic Energy will work with several partners in the design, civil engineering and construction phases, including Aberdeen-based companies Wood Group and XL Group, Will Rudd Davidson and Bell Ingram Design.
Dr Gen Cannibal, director of Holistic Energy, believes the complex systems approach to engineering a new renewable energy village will both showcase and utilise the capabilities of interlinked renewable technologies. This will create a multiple technology power station fit for the electricity consumption to usher in a new era designed to consign a dependence on fossil fuel energy to history.
Dr 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.