The renewables industry in Fife is constantly evolving as more companies choose to locate in Fife or diversify their skills and experience to take advantage of the growing renewables market.
There are a number of major projects either planned or under construction in Fife, which have the potential to create up to 3300 green jobs by 2023.
Please browse through the links below for more information on Offshore Wind, Biomass and Wave & Tidal.
We're perfectly placed to take advantage of developments in offshore wind power.
The development of the offshore wind industry – with an estimated total investment of more than £17bn around the UK up to 2014 – presents a range of opportunities for Fife-based companies.
Fife is located only 25 nautical miles from the closest of the proposed Scottish Territorial Waters and Round 3 phases of offshore wind development announced by the Crown Estate.
With approximately 1400 wind turbines due to be developed off the east coast of Scotland – and three developments in close proximity to the coast of Fife – Fife’s experienced supply chain companies are well placed to provide support to all phases of offshore wind development, from manufacturing and construction, through to operations and maintenance.
One excellent example is Burntisland Fabrications, which has evolved into one of the leading suppliers of support structures for offshore wind turbines in Europe by taking advantage of its prime location in Fife. Information about other suppliers can be found in the company directory.
Fife also offers a number of excellent sites which are suited to the offshore wind industry such as the Energy Park, which is ideally located for companies who manufacture components for the offshore wind industry.
To understand what expertise and potential sites Fife can offer for Offshore Renewables, download our Operations & Maintenance brochure.
To learn about the range of Quayside employment sites Fife has to offer, download our Infrastructure brochure.
Fife firms are already working to introduce biomass technology.
A number of companies with bases in Fife are undertaking biomass projects to reduce their carbon output and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. These projects are set to become national exemplars of best practice and create a number of highly skilled jobs in Fife.
International drinks company Diageo is building a pioneering £65m bio-energy plant at its Cameronbridge distillery and is aiming to become a truly sustainable company.
The facility is believed to be the largest single investment in renewable technology by a non-utility company in the UK and will create 20 new jobs. It will reduce annual CO2 emissions at the site by approximately 56,000 tonnes – equivalent to taking 44,000 family cars off the road.
The plant, which will consist of a biomass CHP system and an anaerobic digester, will provide approximately 90% of their energy needs.
Markinch-based papermaker Tullis Russell is working in partnership with RWE npower renewables to supply its plant with steam and electricity from a new biomass facility. The plant, which will be the biggest of its kind in Scotland will replace the existing coal-fired power plant at Tullis Russell.
The £200m plant is expected to go into operation in 2012 and will have an installed capacity of 50MW – enough to power all the homes in Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline.
It will reduce the company’s fossil fuel CO2 emissions by approximately 250,000 tonnes a year, supply all of its steam and electricity needs for manufacturing and export surplus power to the grid for local consumption.
Around 50 permanent jobs will be created in the operation of the power plant and a new off-site biomass fuel processing facility. There will also be around 400 temporary jobs created during the construction phase.
Fife is developing renewable energy solutions for on land, on water … and even under it.
Fife is in an ideal position to take advantage of one of Scotland's best natural resources – wave and tidal power.
Burntisland Fabrications is building a next-generation wave energy device for Aquamarine Power, an Edinburgh-based company. BiFab won the £4m contract and will build the Oyster 2 device at its Methil plant.
The Oyster project strengthens Fife’s position as a centre of excellence in the renewables sector. BiFab has more than 20 years’ experience in the offshore oil and gas industry and has diversified and applied this extensive experience to the renewable energy sector.
The project is supported through grant funding from Scottish Enterprise and the Carbon Trust Marine Renewables Proving Fund.
Locating your Marine Renewable Energy Business in Fife brochure is available to view here.