With Scotland aiming to go 100 percent renewable in energy, it has put all its might to find newer and newer means of energy generation and its hard work is now starting to show.
Scotland is soon to be the home to world’s most powerful tidal turbine and also the home to world’s largest ocean powered data centre. There are many more projects that are being developed in Scotland to aid its renewable and clean energy goal. As part of the Aslee (Algal Solutions for Local Energy Economy) project, funded by the Scottish government, the company has installed 16 1,000-litre photo-bioreactors at the Ardnamurchan Estate in the west of Scotland, in which it will grow algae using renewable power from a local wind turbine. For phototrophic production of algae, a lot of light will be needed. The photo-bioreactors are fitted with submerged LED light sheets. They are fastened in a metal racking system and attached to the supply of water and power, as well as drainage pipes. Tying in all the major elements of the Scottish economy in a sustainable fashion, the engineers want to feed the algae whisky production co-products from a nearby distillery.
Renewables are being deployed in Scotland much faster than anyone in the world expected. Scots could generate super abundance of electricity, but they need to have some sensible use for it because the grid couldn’t cope with it and also the consumption is very less due to the small size of the population. These algae will feed the salmon which is a popular and essential export of the nation. It is amazing how Scotland is integrating environment with energy.