Ripple joins NextGen consortium to develop the world’s first community offshore wind consumer ownership opportunity
By joining forces with Ripple - the award-winning renewable energy platform - NextGen will raise the bar on the relationship between offshore wind projects and the communities they serve.
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.
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.
Let's talk about embedded carbon
In his latest article, Quaybridge Project Director, Colin Morgan discusses the crucial role of offshore wind in reducing the carbon emissions generated by our energy sector in the years out to 2050 when the World is aiming to reach the end of the carbon era.
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)
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.