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David Paul

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The northeast Scotland park is set to be the UK’s first Holistic Low Carbon Energy Facility.

Edinburgh-based Holistic Energy has revealed the next development stage for a large-scale renewable energy village in the northeast of Scotland.

The park is designed to deliver between 150 and 200 MW of green energy to the Scottish grid, with the capacity to power tens of thousands of homes across the north-east of Scotland.

Development is like to start on a purchased 40-hectare site close to the existing Peterhead Power Station in Aberdeenshire.

The energy park project was initially announced in April, led by a company called Newfield Energy after attracting overseas investment from North China Power Engineering (NCPE), who agreed to invest £500m in the project.

However, Holistic Energy has now taken control of the work, and the NCPE has committed an extra £300m for the build-out phase.

A 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 been 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 anaerobic digestion (AD) plant. These will be housed alongside solar PV, wind energy, and supported by a green hydrogen production facility and large-scale battery storage facilities.

For phase two of the project, Holistic Energy says that it may explore the deep geothermal potential of the site.

Commenting on the project, Dr Gen Cannibal, director of Holistic Energy, 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.

“The ambitions for the development of the Renewable Energy Village are to showcase Scotland and the UK as a world leader in energy transition projects and enhance our delivery timeline to low or zero-carbon energy sources.”

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It is estimated that 1500 jobs will be created to build the park along with a further 250 permanent positions. Holistic Energy hopes to commence in building in 2023 and be operational by 2026.

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.

The backdrop to the proposed Renewable Energy Park in Peterhead is the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan which sets out a strategic framework to transition Scotland’s emissions from electricity generation to adopting a low carbon-based infrastructure for its future energy needs.

David Paul

Staff Writer, DIGIT

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