I’ve reported more times than I can remember on Scottish universities and companies leading the way in renewables technologies. For example:
Initially surprised that we were doing as well in the solar energy field as we were in the more predictable, given our climate, wind and tidal formats, it’s clear we’re at the cutting edge on this too. Solar panels made by Forres-based AES Solar have been tested in the heat of Dubai and – at the opposite extreme – a deep freeze in Edinburgh. AES are working in partnership with Glasgow-based Soltropy and academic researchers from Heriot-Watt University to lower costs, increase generation and ease installation of the panels.
This is AES’s second international project in 2017. Reported in Energy Voice, their CEO said:
‘The design and manufacture of the collectors were all completed in Forres using our manufacturing space and equipment. However, we were required to test the new system at the Heriot-Watt University campus in Dubai.’
It seems the North-East of Scotland is as well-suited to solar energy generation as southern England and even parts of Northern Europe because it has high levels of light. Sunshine doesn’t really matter that much if you have long summer days and wide skies.