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Two “world-leading” machines are to be installed at a power site in Moray in a £20million project to make using renewable energy in the electricity grid easier and cleaner. The “Rotating Stabilizer” equipment will provide stability of supply without producing harmful carbon emissions. It will remove the need for fossil fuel-powered generation to run at the same time to ensure the electricity system remains stable as increasing amounts of energy are supplied from renewable sources, such as wind and solar.

Energy Voice 7th July 2020 read more »

A giant flywheel in north-east Scotland could soon help to prevent blackouts across Britain by mimicking the effect of a power station but without using fossil fuels. The trailblazing project near Keith in Moray, thought to cost about £25m, will not generate electricity or produce carbon emissions – but it could help keep the lights on by stabilising the energy grid’s electrical frequency. The Norwegian energy company Statkraft hopes that from next winter the new flywheel, designed by a division of General Electric, will be able to mimic the spinning turbines of a traditional power station, which have helped to balance the grid’s frequency at about 50 hertz for decades.

Guardian 6th July 2020 read more »

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