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Artists impression of new River Ness Hydro scheme

River Ness Hydro

SSA is working with The Highland Council to inspire young people's interest in major renewable energy project.

Major hydro project partners with SSA to inspire young people's interest

The Science Skills Academy is partnering with The Highland Council to open up learning opportunities from a £2.5m energy project to install a hydroelectric power turbine on the River Ness.

The project which is due to be completed in Spring 2022 is set to save up to 1,420 tonnes of CO2 per annum. It is part-funded by the Scottish Government through Salix Finance.

The scheme will provide 50% of the energy demand for the nearby Inverness Leisure Centre, which is currently one of the highest energy consuming buildings in the Highlands, dramatically reducing the need for fossil fuels.

The hydroelectric turbine has been designed to benefit visitors to the area, providing better connections between the city centre and the river and encouraging the 6 million yearly visitors to Highland to experience the sustainability initiative, set within the beauty of the natural landscape.

Cllr Trish Roberston, Chair of Highland Council’s Climate Change Working Group said: “I am thrilled this project is going ahead. We see this as a flagship project that will hopefully inspire and encourage young people of Highland to learn more about STEM subjects and the importance of renewable technologies. Not only that, the design will serve as an attraction for locals and visitors, while saving the organisation money and carbon. It is another example of strong partnership working between Highland Council and our valued partners such as Salix and the Science Skills Academy.”

Highland Council is working with the Science Skills Academy (SSA) to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects through the addition of interactive screens and educational content.

Emma Robertson, Science Skills Academy project manager at said: “This is an innovative project that provides an excellent opportunity for young people, their families and other members of the public to learn about renewable energy generation while demonstrating career opportunities and pathways. This fascinating piece of engineering uses proven technology and will inspire young scientists and engineers of the future.”

The project will operate for an excess of 65 years and has been implemented as part of the council’s wider ambition to create long-term, positive change to the city and region, whilst leading the way in low carbon generation in Inverness. Taking a strategic approach such as this ensures that savings on energy costs can continue to grow over time, freeing up capital for further investment in the community.

Find out more about the scheme on the Highland Council website
Download our leaflet about the project here

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