The ScottishPower Renewables has managed to supply renewable energy to power grids that were initially termed ‘black start.’ The 69MW Dersalloch windfarm’s success in reviving the electricity network in South Ayrshire reveals that wind energy and other renewables can revitalize areas experiencing blackouts. SPR and Siemens Gamesa came together in this project, supplying wind energy through the power grid to meet the locals’ needs. The two companies partnered with SP Energy Networks to fuse the renewables into the electric grid. The Scotland government boosted the project financially, enabling them to purchase and install wind energy systems.
Initially, ‘black start’ revivals were dependent on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. These processes were reliable and efficient in cases of emergency and in areas where blackouts were frequent. Currently, SPR is trying to replicate the same efforts using renewable energy technology and revitalize the country’s economy. SPR utilized the virtual synchronous machines (VSM) to monitor the voltage of power coming in from the wind turbines and the solar panels to ensure the right quantity is applied to the grid for consumption. The company developed a transmission system to revive the blacked-out area.
Paul Wheelhouse, the energy minister for Scotland, noted that Scotland has a remarkable history of supplying clean energy to replace that from fossil fuels. Scotland boasts of its potential to deliver renewable energy enough to meet approximately 90 percent of Scotland energy needs as of last year. Wheelhouse said that they are in the process of developing wind energy technology to supplement the services that fossil fuels were meeting, like the revival of blacked out regions, an emergency supply of electricity, and the installation of power grids in remote areas. He added that these technical services would help to map renewables in the price index for electricity in the European region.
On the other hand, the Scottish government has issued £550000 in the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, which will be integrated into the black start projects. This government’s move demonstrates its desire for an emission-free economy to minimize global warming and other climatic problems. Wheelhouse explained that renewable energy technology would be instrumental globally in transforming the energy sector. Like the automobile industry, industries that were initially emissive will implement the decarbonization plan through electric vehicles and the installation of charging stations.
Additionally, Wheelhouse stated that the government partnership with the energy sector through legislation and financial support would help to achieve the decarbonization plan. The grids will integrate with renewable energy, substituting fossil fuels, which were not eco-friendly apart from being costly. In conclusion, Frank Mitchell of SP Energy Networks hopes that all wind energy farms can be developed with the potential to revive blacked out areas. This move will ensure that the areas receiving renewable energy have a backup plan in case of emergencies.