International students model of efficiency

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International students at the University of Flensburg, Germany, have been visiting Scotland as part of an ongoing collaboration with Community Energy Scotland.


The students have been staying in Stornoway in the Western Isles through February, and will be here until the middle of March.  The main focus of their visit is to work on the Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub, a partnership project between Community Energy Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, The Scottish Salmon Company and Pure Energy Centre.  The Outer Hebrides Local Energy Hub aims to create a circular economy in the islands, based around the intake of household, garden and fish waste to the Creed Integrated Waste Management Facility for the production of hydrogen and oxygen.  The hydrogen will be used in the refuse collection vehicle which collects the household and garden waste, and the oxygen will be bottled and sent to The Scottish Salmon Company hatchery sites for maintaining the required levels of oxygen in the water.  The Creed site is also home to an Anaerobic Digester, a Combined Heat and Power plant, a wind turbine, an electrolyser, an electric boiler and a thermal store, and the project will incorporate all of these technologies and aim to run the site as efficiently as possible.

The Flensburg students have been tasked with creating a model which includes the various technologies, inputs, outputs and economics of the system which can be varied in order to optimise the system under different circumstances.  The model can also be used to assess the viability of the roll-out of similar projects elsewhere.  As part of the project they have visited the various locations where the work will be taking place, spending most of their time at the Creed Integrated Waste Management Facility, as well as visiting the Barvas Hatchery.  They have also met with other stakeholders, and have held a workshop to assess the social aspects of the project.  The students will be presenting their modelling tool to the partners next week, and will be presenting at Community Energy Scotland’s Western Isles Community Energy Conference next Thursday, 8th March.



Photographs courtesy of The Scottish Salmon Company and Moja Ltd

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