An Orkney firm is in Shetland today to conduct further on-site investigations into a scheme that would combine a bridge between Yell and Unst with a tidal generator.
Aquatera is now entering a “detailed design” stage of the multi-million pound project, which would pay for itself by generating some 30-40MW of electricity. As such it would be one of an increasing number of energy schemes dependent on the installation of an inter-connector cable between Shetland and the Scottish mainland which would feed into the National Grid.
The Stromness-based company, founded in 2000, is bringing Dutch engineers north for a further site investigation. It has previously met with councillors, landowners and the community which gave the project a “positive reception”.
According to Aquatera’s Ian Johnstone, the tidal generators would form part of the bridge structure or be accessible from the bridge. The team will be meeting the SIC tomorrow to further discuss the project.
Aquatera is looking at similar projects in Scotland and Orkney. The firm says it has a passion for renewable energy development, believing that it can provide substantial amounts of quality energy, which can be used to offset energy produced from carbon-emitting technologies.
In addition to experience in renewable energy, Aquatera and its associates “have a vast knowledge of wider environmental and social studies, particularly in offshore and coastal areas.” The team has completed numerous research projects, including a number funded by the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other government bodies.
• For the full story, see this week’s Shetland Times.