Kite Power and Pentland Firth marine energy plan in line for top UK awards

Two Scottish energy projects are among the 90 finalists in a UK town planning competition.

The Awards for Planning Excellence by the Royal Town Planning Institute are the most established in the UK.

The overall UK winners will be announced in June. The Scottish energy candidates are:

Pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan (Marine Scotland): integrated planning policy framework to guide marine development, activities and management decisions, ensuring the marine environment is protected

Kite Power Solutions (Natural Power Consultants) – first consent of its kind for permission to generate electricity through two kites tethered to spool drums, as the kites fly the tethers are pulled from the spool drums turning the drums which drive electricity generators on land at West Freugh in Dumfries-shire (see image)

Stefano Smith, RTPI Scotland Convenor commented: “As finalists they are getting the national and international recognition they deserve.” 

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