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SSE Brings 250 Renewable Energy Jobs to Glasgow

Excellent news for Glasgow yesterday that Scottish and Southern Energy had agreed to join with The University of Strathclyde (renowned for wind power research) in Glasgow to create a new Centre of Engineering Excellence for Renewable Energy (CEERE). The new facility will primarily become a new a new research and management centre for wind farm projects.

SSE Manging Director Ian Marchant:

“Our Centre of Excellence which will be known as CEERE will play a crucial part in helping SSE to realise its renewable energy goals in the UK, Ireland and elsewhere in Europe, helping to secure energy supplies and contributing to the development of a lower carbon economy.

“Having considered all of the options in mainland Europe, Ireland and the UK, we have settled on Glasgow as the best location for CEERE, and the city’s own sustainable energy ambitions also make it a very appropriate choice.

“Working with the University of Strathclyde, and with the support of the Scottish Government, we will create and secure several hundred skilled jobs for Scotland.

“Scotland’s ambition to become a leader in renewable energy is well known and we are delighted to be making this investment in Scotland. We’re very positive about the prospects for creating new jobs to harness Europe’s renewable energy resources and the potential make a significant contribution to the achievement of Scotland’s ambitions.”

Strathclyde University Principal (and Professor) Jim McDonald said:

“If we are to address the challenges of climate change, rapid and widespread deployment of renewable energy technologies is critical.

“The new partnership reflects Scotland’s potential to be at the forefront of the UK and European renewable energy sectors, creating new jobs and research and development opportunities.”

The Scottish Government is investing £2.8m into the scheme, First Minister Alex Salmond spoke on the new energy centre yesterday.

Good news for Glasgow and Scotland – this is a considerable commitment to the green economy and hopefully another step on the way for Scotland to become a true renewable energy hub.

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Glasgow Solar Lily Pads plan provides hilarity

These are difficult times for those of us associated with the Green Energy cause. Huge rises in energy costs have stilted the general public’s appetite for anything at all associated with the subject – the news is so grim that most people just want to forget about it. Therefore, it was great recently to find a story which cheered us up no end. Scottish architecture firm ZM Architecture have unveiled a ‘biomimicry’ scheme to provide solar power to the city of Glasgow. Their proposal involves the design of Solar Lily Pads which float in Glasgow’s River Clyde – soaking up the rays and powering the city! Firstly, it has to be said that this award winning scheme is very imaginative, pioneering and visually attractive – there is definitely potential for solar power generation in all our cities, and obviously we wholeheartedly condone any non fossil-fuel energy generation schemes.

Solat Lily Pads - River Clyde, Glasgow

Solar Lily Pads - River Clyde, Glasgow

However, to us native Glaswegians this scheme is utterly hilarious on many levels.

  • To begin, anyone who has spent this ‘summer’ in Glasgow will tell you that this has been one of the wettest and darkest summers ever, in fact whatever the season, the weather in Glasgow is now almost a permanent Autumn. Now, our understanding of Solar Power is slightly limited, but we believe that a sufficient amount of sunlight is required in order to generate any meaningful levels of energy – would these panels provide an adequate return on investment for the dear green place?
  • Secondly, the record of Glasgow in the implemetation of large scale Architectural Schemes is not exactly gleaming. The Science Centre tower on the Clyde is constantly breaking down, the award winning ‘squinty’ bridge lasted for a few months before one the cables snapped and had to be repaired –  causing untold traffic chaos. This leads us to be sceptical that these solar pads could be introduced effectively.
  • Thirdly – what would any existing river traffic do? – There are still a number of boats that utilise the River Clyde, and some shipyards are still operational. What exactly is supposed to happen when a ship is launched, are they supposed to snake around the lily pads on the way out to sea? There was also talk of a River Taxi, taking passengers from the new riverside developments in the West End into the city centre-obviously with the pads in place, that would prove to be rather difficult.

One good thing however is that as they are situated in the middle of the River Clyde it would be very difficult for any of the local ne’er do wells to vandalise them (we have noted that the Sheriff Court in Glasgow is to be solar powered-oh, the irony!) – they would try, the ingenuity for ruining things is sometimes quite startling – although it would be a brave ned that ventured into those waters!

Please let us know if your home town or city has any similar proposals?

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