Scotland’s Brahan project goes live

BRAHAN
The Brahan Project – screen image

Live information about the speed and direction of Scotland’s ocean currents has been made available for the first time.

Using high frequency radar technologies Marine Scotland’s Brahan project is providing ocean current information from a wide section of Scotland’s large marine area – up to 200km offshore.

The results which are not currently available from existing methods will help not only scientific research, but also with search and rescue, pollution control, the offshore oil and gas sector and the renewable energy sector.

Dr David Woolf, Principal Researcher at Heriot-WattUniversity said: “The Brahan Project already drives new research. Heriot-WattUniversity is especially excited to apply the new technology in the prediction of natural and pollutant transport, initially in the Shetland/Orkney region.”
This new example of ‘Operational Oceanography’ is used in the USA but this is the first UK installation. The results from the Brahan Project will be revealed today in Aberdeen at a meeting of marine scientists and users at Marine Scotland Science.

The Long Range SeaSonde HF Radar System has been manufactured by CODAR Ocean Sensors of California and installed at two stations – one at North Ronaldsay lighthouse in Orkney and the other at Sumburgh Head lighthouse in Shetland.

 

Pixie Energy

Pixie logo Pixie Energy is an incubator and a facilitator of strategic research and project work, focusing on energy regulation, policy and markets at the local and national level. Find out more about Pixie Energy here.

Local Energy Matters: Scotland

Local Energy Matters: Scotland is a free-to-download brochure with a focus on energy tariffs in the two Scottish electricity distribution regions, as well news on local energy and low-carbon schemes.

Previous editions can be download here.

Scottish energy market overview

You can read an overview of the Scottish energy market here.

Scottish Government energy feed