Surf ‘n’ Turf
In March 2015 the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund awarded £1.35 million to the Orkney Surf ‘n’ Turf project. The project is a partnership between Orkney Islands Council, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Community Energy Scotland and Eday Renewable Energy, and will use power from tidal and wind turbines to produce compressed hydrogen on Eday. This will then be transported to Kirkwall, where a specially designed fuel cell will convert the hydrogen to electrical power for buildings and berthed ferries at the harbour. This will not only reduce harbour costs, but will also bring new employment opportunities to local communities, as well as an additional source of revenue to be invested in local projects.
See also: The Orkney Energy Audit