NextGen Consortium targets ScotWind success
A group of leading offshore wind companies and funds have today announced their joint participation in Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind leasing process. The NextGen consortium, led by Quaybridge Scotland, Parkwind and Maple Power is backed by a number of strategic partners including BlackRock Real Assets and Sumitomo Corporation.
Update: The Challenge of balancing the needs of Scottish fishermen and floating offshore wind farms
"When we see a challenge, now or in the future, we take a lead and do something about it." Jim Mckie, Senior Adviser at Quaybridge, continues to show excellent leadership in bringing together the Scottish fishing and floating offshore wind sectors. Check out the latest developments in his new article.
Smoke, Mirrors and Peacock Tails: Why the Sudden Surge in Connection Agreements?
In this interesting and entertaining article by Quaybridge Grid Manager Sean Kelly, he discusses what the sudden profusion of UK grid connection applications for offshore wind projects is actually all about...
Remote offshore rescue service among robotics backed by government
Great to see Offshore Survival Systems going from strength to strength. It's been a fantastic experience to work with Sam Mayall and his team via our Slipstream Programme, which provides mentoring and investment for innovative SMEs - helping to make our vision for next generation offshore wind a reality in Scotland.
Next generation offshore wind = realising offshore wind's full socio-economic potential
"It's the role of the next generation of offshore wind projects to realise the full range of societal benefits on offer – offshore wind stepping up to play it’s full role in society."
Great rallying cry by our Strategy Manager, Zoe Barnes in her new blog on what offshore wind needs to do differently to realise it's true socio-economic potential in Scotland.
Opportunities for skills transition into offshore wind: are they real and how can they be realised?
The skills transition from declining sectors into offshore wind is much discussed, but rarely does the conversation get under the skin of the real world challenges at hand. In her new blog, Quaybridge Strategy Manager, Zoe Barnes identifies some of the key barriers which need to be lowered if we are to make a success of this transition in Scotland.
Quaybridge supports 3GW of Round 4 awards
Quaybridge was delighted by the announcement of the preferred bidders in the Round 4 leasing process on 8th February by the Crown Estate, having provided the development team for 3GW out of the total award of nearly 8GW.
Helping young engineers explore the science behind renewable energy
We love helping young engineers explore the science behind renewable energy and recently made a donation to help provide educational activity packs for primary school children in Orkney. The outreach packs, which have a particular focus on renewable energy and wind generation, are aimed at helping schools deliver a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) program that’s over and above the national curriculum.
As is our tradition at Christmas, we have made a donation to charity instead of sending cards. This year, we have chosen The Cyrenians, a charity tackling the causes and consequences of homelessness. We are already linked with this charity through our educational initiative, Winds of Change – a programme supporting students to build a wind turbine to provide low-cost green power for The Cyrenians in Edinburgh. We’re very pleased to be able to give them an extra boost this year with our Christmas donation.
Global Showcase Programme
The governments has suggested that a marketplace for 40GW of offshore wind by 2030 is viable. As part of this Offshore Wind Sector deal, the UK offshore wind industry is committed to ensuring that 60% of money spent on UK wind farm projects goes to UK firms.
We have taken the initiative with a project targeted squarely at helping Scottish businesses get a foot in the door – the Quaybridge Global Showcase Programme.
OSS (Offshore Survival Systems)
Few businesses fit the profile of our Slipstream Programme better than OSS. OSS designs and builds safety net systems that save lives at sea using patent protected unmanned semi-autonomous vessels. It’s a pleasure working with OSS to develop an innovative idea into compelling business case. (Image: An artist's impression of the OSS unmanned semi-autonomous vessel)
Internships at Quaybridge during lock-down
Delivering on next generation skills for offshore wind: How could we effectively engage with, mentor and inspire young engineers in lock-down? How could we get them to do useful and interesting work? Here's how we make it work
Wind Launch Academy finding cutting-edge innovators for offshore wind
Quaybridge spent three exciting days in late January looking at the future of offshore wind technology in the UK for ORE Catapult’s Launch Academy at Barclays Eagle Labs. Together with Red Rock Power Ltd, Siemens Gamesa, Scottish Power and ORE Catapult, we had 24 high calibre pitches to review.
Quaybridge explores opportunities for collaboration with the fishing industry
At Quaybridge, we are looking to inform and influence best practice in the Scottish offshore wind industry by learning form the past and being ready for the future. This work includes engaging with communities and interests which may be affected by the expansion of wind energy in Scottish waters, such as the fishing industry.
Inspiring the next generation with Education Scotland
At Quaybridge we know that inspiring young people can change the world. We are working with Education Scotland to inspire and educate the next generation about offshore wind.
Quaybridge joins DeepWater Cluster
Quaybridge is proud to announce that it has joined DeepWind, a Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise led initiative which is developing a new offshore wind supply chain cluster in the North of Scotland.
Quaybridge supports 'Winds of change'
Quaybridge is proud to announce that it will support and sponsor the Winds of Change Project. This Edinburgh University project is designed to enable student learning on low-carbon energy generation as well as supporting Edinburgh-based community charities.