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Aberdeen Firm Gets Contract for New Carbon-Free Island

10 Jun 09:00 by Steve Walia

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The vision of a creating an entirely carbon-free island is one step closer to becoming a reality after an Aberdeen firm was selected to deliver the necessary installation work for the renewable energy project.

The aspiration - a global first - will see a new floating hybrid platform located at Jeju Island that combines wave and wind energy. Located in the Korean Strait, the installation contract for Hydro Group, a specialist provider of subsea cables, is worth £750,000 and has been awarded to the firm by Korea Research of Ships and Ocean Engineering.

The platform will have offshore turbines located on the corners with buoys situated on the side to convert wave energy and wind into electricity.

The initial phase of development work has already been delivered, with the subsea cables in place and installation scheduled to happen later in the year.

The Head of Product at Hydro Group, Marc Gordon, said that the new energy platform would be a key factor in creating the first zero-carbon island in the world at Jeju Island, and he added that the firm was pleased to be working again with KRISO on a repeat-business basis.

Hydro Group employs over 100 employees across the world in renewable energy, gas, oil, aerospace and defence. It designs and makes its renewable energy systems at its own Aberdeen-based facilities.

Scottish Renewables said that the contract news demonstrated that the UK's emerging skills in green energy were recognised and in demand on a global scale. He added that it was necessary to keep investing in British renewables to allow firms such as the Hydro Group to create skilled jobs, cut emissions and deliver innovative new clean energy solutions not just at a local level but across the world.