PLANS HAVE been unveiled to construct a large-scale renewable energy park in the North-east of Scotland, designed to deliver between 150 – 200 megawatts of green energy to supply to the Scottish grid, with the capacity to power tens of thousands of homes across the region.

It is estimated that 1500 jobs will be created to build the energy park while a further 250 permanent jobs will be involved in its operation. The developer, Edinburgh-based Holistic Energy, hopes to commence with construction in 2023 and be operational by 2026.

The ambitious, large-scale development is earmarked to be built on a purchased 40-hectare (99 acre) site close to the existing Peterhead Power Station, Aberdeenshire. It has attracted overseas interest from an investment group – North China Power Engineering (NCPE) – which has pledged £800million for the build-out phase.

Holistic Energy has completed a feasibility and evaluation study of what it has touted to be the UK’s first 'Holistic Low Carbon Energy Facility', showing an outline layout of the facility, the range of technologies to be used and how these will interact, to ensure the best possible efficiency and the lower environmental impact.

Concepts have already drawn up to encompass and integrate several different energy generation technologies. These include a mixed fuel gasification and biomass plant, a green biodiesel production facility and an aerobic digestion plant. These will be housed alongside solar PV, wind energy, and supported by a green hydrogen production facility and large-scale battery storage facilities.

As a phase two to the project, Holistic Energy also intends to explore the deep geothermal potential of the site.

Company director, Dr Gen Cannibal, believes the complex systems approach to engineering a new renewable energy village will both showcase and utilise the capabilities of interlinked renewable technologies, creating a multiple technology power station fit for a new era free from dependence on fossil fuel.

“The facility will have three primary purposes – to produce a local renewable power station in Peterhead which can approach the most commonly identified barriers to renewable uptake, to form a major R and D facility for new technologies that have reached the marketable stage but have not, as of yet, attained large scale market application in the UK, and thirdly, to provide a significant replacement to gas-powered plants in satisfying Scottish electricity demands and, hence, decarbonising the Scottish Economy.

"The ambitions for the development of the Renewable Energy Village are to showcase Scotland and the UK as a world leader in energy transition projects and enhance our delivery timeline to low or zero carbon energy sources.”