first_imgRenewables Linkedin Twitter Twitter “Our countries location at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean ensures we share some of the best wind and wave resources in Europe. By working in partnership with each other, we can utilise these resources to generate carbon free renewable electricity to meet our future energy requirements,” he added. NI Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster said that the project will inform the partners’ decisions as well as those of the wider energy sector on the costs and benefits of future investment in offshore renewables infrastructure. 11 January 2010 – The RPS Group has been awarded a EUR1.8m ($2.6m) contract by the Irish government for the Irish Scottish Links on Energy Study (ISLES), which will examine the feasibility of building an offshore grid in the Irish Sea. Voith Hydro supplying pumped storage equipment to pair with Idaho combined solar-wind project RPS is an international consultancy firm that provides advice on the development of energy and other natural resources and infrastructure and the management of the environment and health and safety. RPS Group awarded feasibility study contract for Ireland-Scotland grid The feasibility study will develop a business case for the construction of such a grid and will examine the following aspects: technology and infrastructure; environment and planning; regulatory and finance; and construction and deployment. The study will also involve close co-operation with the energy industry and other stakeholders involved in grid transmission systems and renewable energy. Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas Facebook Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan said: “I very much welcome the commencement of this study which will help pave the way for the development of our very significant offshore natural resources. Ireland has a sea area that is around ten times the size of its land area. InsideIreland.ie reported that government departments in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and in Scotland are examining the potential for a regional offshore marine electricity grid system. This could link offshore renewable energy sites to exploit wind, wave and tidal resources in the Irish Sea and Atlantic coastal areas. Facebook TAGSNationalGrid 1.11.2010 Scotland’s Energy Minister Jim Mather said: “The ISLES study will allow us to explore issues around an offshore transmission network in the Irish Sea and help make the case for commercial investment.” Linkedin By chloecox – RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGeorgia Power postpones biomass conversionNext articleAlstom signs 25 MW geothermal plant deal in Mexico chloecox The work is seen as a key part in developing thinking on the EU’s concept of a European-wide ‘Super Grid’ for electricity interconnection. The two-year study is due to finish by the end of 2011. Avista considering RNG on way to net-zero carbon goals No posts to displaylast_img read more