Projects & Innovations

Projects & Innovations

Community energy projects often spearhead innovation with new technology use or business models. People who have a direct interest in their local energy supply can find new ways to maximise the benefits of renewable energy.

Projects & Innovations

Finding new ways to maximise the benefits of renewable energy often means trialling emerging technologies, and making clever use of heat or power. By collaborating with Community Energy Scotland, communities, individuals and SMEs are taking a proactive role in achieving Scotland’s zero carbon goal.  The experience we can bring to your project goes beyond the nuts and bolts of how to build a windfarm. 
We can help right from inception, helping to grow your project from idea to fully functioning operation. We have a track record for delivering complex projects on tight budgets and timescales, without compromising on quality or community engagement. 

Highlighted Projects

Surf ‘n’ Turf

Hydrogen / Wind / Wave / Tide

Pioneering the generation & practical applications of hydrogen from renewable resources.

Surf ‘n’ Turf is a renewable energy project in Orkney, led by Community Energy Scotland. It has built facilities to generate hydrogen from tidal and wind energy, then use that hydrogen to overcome grid limitations and supply energy to local demands, including shore power for the inter-island ferries.

PITCHES

Hydrogen / Solar / Storage / Micro-Grid

Powering Isolated Territories with Hydrogen Energy Systems.
PITCHES demonstrates at MW scale that existing hydrogen energy production and storage systems can be used to develop a new energy system to meet transport, electricity and heating needs of remote Sub-Saharan communities.

The Fishermen Three

Wind

Community Energy Scotland Trading Ltd owns a third stake in a 3-turbine, 7.5MW windfarm in the Scottish Borders. The site at Hoprigshiels is known as The Fishermen Three, named to reflect the fishing heritage of the nearby villages of Cockburnspath and Cove.

CREEL

Solar / Battery Storage / Wind

Off-grid mixed energy system and storage.
The Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification project involved the construction of a new system based around wind, solar and battery storage which has drastically reduced fuel usage and running costs.

Western Isles Micro-Turbines

Wind

Community Energy Scotland Trading Ltd ownership of eleven 5kW turbines situated on community-owned land, providing local benefits and generating income.

Community Energy Futures

Support / Workshops

An exciting new programme designed to help community groups across Scotland understand the coming changes in the UK energy system and provide them with the knowledge and support to develop innovative renewable energy projects of their own with their local communities.

Project Portfolio

Surf ‘n’ Turf

Hydrogen / Wind / Wave / Tide

Pioneering the generation & practical applications of hydrogen from renewable resources.

Surf ‘n’ Turf is a renewable energy project in Orkney, led by Community Energy Scotland. It has built facilities to generate hydrogen from tidal and wind energy, then use that hydrogen to overcome grid limitations and supply energy to local demands, including shore power for the inter-island ferries.

PITCHES

Hydrogen / Solar / Storage / Micro-Grid

Powering Isolated Territories with Hydrogen Energy Systems.
PITCHES demonstrates at MW scale that existing hydrogen energy production and storage systems can be used to develop a new energy system to meet transport, electricity and heating needs of remote Sub-Saharan communities.

The Fishermen Three

Wind

Community Energy Scotland Trading Ltd owns a third stake in a 3-turbine, 7.5MW windfarm in the Scottish Borders. The site at Hoprigshiels is known as The Fishermen Three, named to reflect the fishing heritage of the nearby villages of Cockburnspath and Cove.

CREEL

Solar / Battery Storage / Wind

Off-grid mixed energy system and storage.
The Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification project involved the construction of a new system based around wind, solar and battery storage which has drastically reduced fuel usage and running costs.

Western Isles Micro-Turbines

Wind

Community Energy Scotland Trading Ltd ownership of eleven 5kW turbines situated on community-owned land, providing local benefits and generating income.

Community Energy Futures

Support / Workshops

An exciting new programme designed to help community groups across Scotland understand the coming changes in the UK energy system and provide them with the knowledge and support to develop innovative renewable energy projects of their own with their local communities.

Community Power Orkney

Wind

A community partnership organisation across Island Development Trusts in Orkney, set up in 2011 to allow partnership working, provide collaboration, pool expertise, share ideas, find solutions to common problems and achieve economies of scale. Community Energy Scotland supports and facilitates the group.

Community Power Outer Hebrides

Wind / Solar / Hydro

A consortium of community groups in the Outer Hebrides set up in November 2015, led and facilitated by Community Energy Scotland. The general purposes of consortium are to provide the community groups with a closely working network, to achieve stronger representation, provide training and measure the social and economic impact of the wind turbine projects in the Outer Hebrides.

OHLEH

Local Energy Economies

Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub (OHLEH) is an innovative project that will demonstrate how different renewable energy technologies can be integrated to support local energy economies and circular supply chains.

SMILE

Local Grid Demand

SMart IsLand Energy systems:
The island communities of Orkney, Samsø in Denmark and Portuguese Madeira, in collaboration with technical, grid and academic partners across Europe, are tackling challenges raised by renewable energy and electric transport.

ReFLEX

Integrated Energy Systems

REsponsive FLEXibility – an energy system of the future.

Integrated Energy Systems linking the flexible operation of electricity, transport & heat networks to provide affordable power and balance & manage the grid locally.