Energy consultancy Xodus Group is in the process of conducting a five-month study investigating the integration of offshore renewables into localised energy system in Scotland, 4C Offshore announced on 5 August.
The study, which was commissioned by Crown Estate Scotland, began in July and will focus on two main issues: project landscaping and the value case. Project landscaping will involve cataloguing any potential new offshore generation projects and investigating potential ways these projects could be supported. The value case aspect will involve evaluating the socio-economic impact of new or existing offshore generation projects.
Element Energy and Baldock Energy are partnering Xodus Group on the study.
Principal Consultant at Xodus Group and study lead Dr Adrian de Andres said: “In the context of the Scottish energy landscape, studies like these can help with the commercial case within pilot projects, enabling emerging energy projects to progress on the path towards commercialisation. Energy systems projects can also help reduce the dependence on diesel by some communities, providing a catalyst for the energy transition”.