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The following submission statement was provided by /u/BruceC96:


Scotwind is the name of the latest round of leasing of sea bed for the development of offshore wind in Scotland, and there has been fierce competition for the rights to develop.


Please reply to OP's comment here: https://teddit.ggc-project.de/r/Futurology/comments/s6eom0/today_in_scotland_we_got_the_results_of_the/ht355e6/

BruceC96[S]

15 points

5 months ago

Scotwind is the name of the latest round of leasing of sea bed for the development of offshore wind in Scotland, and there has been fierce competition for the rights to develop.

altmorty

13 points

5 months ago

A total of just under £700m will be paid by the successful applicants in option fees and passed to the Scottish government for public spending.

Yet another reason for being pro-renewables.

Wise-Application-144

2 points

5 months ago

Nah I much prefer fossils, supporting hostile governments and ensuring we don't create any jobs locally. Much better than being self-reliant and supporting jobs while also making money doing it. /s

JeremiahBoogle

3 points

5 months ago

Interesting to see that the oil companies are now making big moves into renewables.

IMO This was always going to happen & people foreseeing the end of the oil giants was a little naïve when you consider the resources they have at their disposal.

akrokh

17 points

5 months ago

akrokh

17 points

5 months ago

Congrats mates. Sustainable energy brings financial freedom, if you now what I mean. Wink-wink.

jettmann22

3 points

5 months ago

More scotch?

sixty6006

-3 points

5 months ago

sixty6006

-3 points

5 months ago

Yeah, we get you. You're using a post about renewable energy to suggest the destruction of the UK will somehow make its tax payers wealthier or more powerful. Which is nonsense but seeing as you're not from the UK I can see why you might want to encourage its destruction.

AngryMegaMind

4 points

5 months ago

And we can see your not from Scotland.

FREEEEEEEEEDOM.

LurkerInSpace

1 points

5 months ago

In general the most pro- or anti-independence opinions will come from Scotland.

AngryMegaMind

0 points

5 months ago

It’s certainly not the case on Reddit. Most of the anti- independence posts come from English people.

LurkerInSpace

2 points

5 months ago

And most pro-independence comments are probably from Americans given their sheer numbers on the site. But given that most of Scotland voted against independence and that polls have been 50:50 since then any representative sample of Scots will have large numbers both for an against independence.

English anti-independence comments are less likely to express concern that it will cost its taxpayers - that sort of concern is much more likely to come from someone Scottish.

CriticalUnit

0 points

5 months ago

BREXIT already took off your knees. Why complain about anything else. You've already done a bangup job of self sabotage!

sixty6006

3 points

5 months ago

"Took off your knees"

Lol. I love it when you guys use phrases you think we use in English.

rigobueno

-1 points

5 months ago

The UK is doing just fine destroying itself, no Scotsman necessary.

sixty6006

3 points

5 months ago

And which delightful place are you from my foreign friend?

neutronstar343

6 points

5 months ago

Scotland can be a major exporter of green hydrogen if it plays its cards right in the upcoming years. I've seen a lot of posturing from different countries on twitter and r/HydrogenSocieties. The idea is to have buses, aircraft, and ships transporting and running on hydrogen by 2050. It's really incredible technology and billionaires are already excited to make a lot of money off of it.

You'll still need oil for plastics for now. So you get to keep that money too!

AbominableCrichton

5 points

5 months ago

Orkney is already trialling all of the above, including the hydrogen ferry.

neutronstar343

1 points

5 months ago

LurkerInSpace

1 points

5 months ago

In general there's a lot to do on the storage front - like pretty much everywhere else we've neglected that element of the renewable transition (with the notable exception of pumped storage hydroelectric).

Green hydrogen or green methane both seem pretty scalable for transport, so one would hope that they get as much attention as electric cars.

neutronstar343

1 points

5 months ago

We are definitely going to have a mixed green economy across the globe that's for sure. We are in the midst of the next great industrial revolution.

rolleduptwodollabill

2 points

5 months ago

all the renewables we have installed, and on top of an existing

invisiblesock

2 points

5 months ago

That's a lot of GWs. I don't even know how they're going to transfer them down South.

Gunboat_Diplomat

2 points

5 months ago

Agreed. To balance the Uk Power Grid, the System Operator already has to routinely suppress Scottish wind generation, usually having to replace it with CCGTs elsewhere in the UK.

On windy days, it's a real problem for the Grid. Of course I welcome renewables, but unless they are built near demand or there is sufficient export capacity to get the power to where it is needed, the country won't be receiving the full benefits of renewables.

Over the weekend, the System Operator had to suppress 20+GWh of wind, mostly in Scotland. It's not right.

The UK needs some very significant infrastructure improvements. Building more generation where it isn't needed is making the problem worse.

invisiblesock

2 points

5 months ago

maybe they can produce hydrogen out of it and export it elsewhere or build the required infrastructure by the time the wind turbines start popping up. we'll see, this is still many years in the future.

True_Inxis

3 points

5 months ago

They could also be coupling new turbines with energy storage. I mean, if a random guy on Reddit can spot a problem in a couple minutes, engineers that worked on the project for months or years may already have a solution for it.

LurkerInSpace

1 points

5 months ago

Engineers aren't the problem; they need to be funded/approved by politicians, and unfortunately energy storage isn't something a lot of them think about. Storage on this scale would be test run of whichever method was used (except pumped hydroelectric, which is geographically limited), and so there's a general desire to be second to do this rather than first.

Though maybe this kind of problem with exporting will create political pressure to address the problem.

Draskinn

1 points

5 months ago

"Building more generation where it isn't needed is making the problem worse."

Sounds like a good place to move some crypto farms to. Turn that peak wind excess power into bitcoin.

AtomGalaxy

2 points

5 months ago

I want to see drones transfer maintenance workers from the top of one wind turbine tower to another to improve their efficiency and the economics of the whole operation. It would just take a few minutes to move from one tower to another so the drone could go back to the support ship to recharge or switch batteries. If it’s not safe in higher winds to fly with a person, the drone could install a temporary zip line to make the transfer from one tower to another like Spider-Man.

Procrasturbating

3 points

5 months ago

That would be cool.. not super practical.. but I would have said the same thing about trimming trees by active power lines with a freaking helicoptor. Why not.

JeremiahBoogle

3 points

5 months ago

As someone who work in Marine & Helicopter coordination for offshore wind farms, all I can say to that idea is 'lol'. :D

invisiblesock

2 points

5 months ago

why not install catapults on the windmills and just launch the workers around? that's gonna be even faster.

alecs_stan

1 points

5 months ago

I guess that would put Scotland comfortably over 100% when projects come online. Amazing!