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Take a look below to read regular insights from engineers, consultants and technicians at SgurrEnergy, covering everything from the history of energy storage through battery technologies, to the challenges faced in cold climate environments.

Our bloggers draw on their day-to-day experiences spanning all renewable energy technologies, exploring industry hot topics and looking at market developments.

Galion Lidar | Measurement | Offshore deployment | Wind shear | Low level jets

Remote sensing offshore: lessons learned

August 10, 2016

SgurrEnergy’s senior scientist, Peter Clive, talks about lessons learned in remote sensing offshore in his latest blog post.  Touching on lidar’s wide-ranging capabilities, Peter discusses measurement techniques, wind phenomena that have been identified by lidar and what the future holds for offshore remote sensing.

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Grid balancing | Methods of battery storage

Energy storage: traditional methods and grid balancing

April 20, 2016

As the level of trade and investor interest in energy storage grows, it’s useful to understand how the electricity generation and supply market evolved to be in its current position.

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lithium battery storage

Battery storage | Origin of supply train

Battery storage: a history lesson

April 14, 2016

Ongoing cost reduction in both battery energy storage and renewable based power plant promises a revolution in the future makeup of the electricity generation market.

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Japan Map

Japan wind industry | Financing | Incentives | Maintenance culture

The Japan Way

March 3, 2016

SgurrEnergy’s renewable energy consultant, Hatsuse Watanabe, takes a look at the changes to the Japanese energy market post-Fukushima, with a particular focus on the financing of wind energy projects.

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Norway

Met mast | Measurement | Mast maintenance | Norway | Inspection

Reaching new heights in Norway

December 17, 2015

I’ve often heard that some of the happiest people in the world live in Scandinavian countries and thanks to SgurrEnergy I was given the opportunity to find out for myself on a site visit earlier this year to a wind farm in Norway.

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Galion Lidar | Measurement | Training and deployment | Japan | Onshore deployment, offshore measurement

A Japanese Galion adventure

October 21, 2015

Lidar Engineer, Dan Gallacher, helps manage our large fleet of Galion devices and has been heavily involved in the successful introduction of Galion Lidar into the Japanese market.

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wind farms forestry optimisation

Forestry optimisation | Performance issues | Forestry impact | SgurrOptimiser

Wind farms and forestry optimisation

September 22, 2015

SgurrEnergy’s core expertise is in wind turbine performance prediction and assessment, and as a result, we understand wind farm performance issues in great depth.

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Community renewables | Environmental | Planning | Feasibility

Community renewables: Unlocking the funding potential

September 4, 2015

Developing a community-scale renewable energy project can provide communities with significant income by producing selling energy to the grid and raising money to be spent on local projects.

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Scotland | Decarbonisation of energy | Innovation | Energy future

Deep decarbonisation of energy

August 17, 2015

There are few people who would argue against Scotland’s uniquely blessed position regarding natural resources of energy, from our long established access to oil and gas reserves in the North Sea and, more recently, West of Shetland, to our coal seams under the Central Belt, and of course an enviable super-abundance of renewable energy potential.

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Icing losses | Cold climates | Technical advisor

The challenges faced in cold-climate environments

May 4, 2015

There is huge potential for renewable energy development in cold climate areas, although these projects don’t come without challenges.

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