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The way we produce, transport and consume energy is changing. The global push towards sustainable energy sources is upending the traditional energy industry: centralised power stations are closing, renewable generation is proliferating at the far ends of existing electrical grids, consumers are becoming producers, communities are building and owning energy projects, transportation is staring at an electric future and yet we still rely heavily on natural gas and oil for heating.

Energy Mutual understands the technical, commercial and social challenges associated with this energy transition. We seek to develop, support and operate integrated energy projects that are mutually beneficial for consumers, owners and the environment. Our global network of energy experts possess extensive engineering, project management and operational experience, allowing us to work on exciting projects in beautiful places with interesting people.

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Fort William Biogas & Power


Status: Under development

Overview: Utilising local waste streams from the whisky distilling and salmon farming industries, this project seeks to generate renewable gas, electricity and heat for local industrial consumers.

Innovation: The integration of multiple waste streams requires close collaboration between several project stakeholders and careful design from an experienced Anaerobic Digester (AD) plant designer. We will be working towards creating a fully integrated energy project that keeps waste streams local and delivers energy to local industrial consumers.

Opportunities to collaborate:

  • Managing AD residue - the left-overs from the AD process can be used as an excellent source of fertiliser, however, the Lochaber area has limited agricultural land and therefore other onsite options will be considered.

  • Waste disposal - this project is likely to be developed over several phases and therefore opportunties for other biological waste streams will become available. Please contact us to discuss.

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EV Charging Infrastructure


Status: Ongoing services

Overview: Electric Vehicles (EVs) are quickly becoming a real proposition for mainstream consumers. To facillitate electric transportation requires careful consideration of charging infrastructure to optimise utilisation rates and to minimise infrastructure development costs.

Innovation: Optimum selection of charging infrastructure sites, design of phased infrastructure deployment strategies and monitoring/controlling charging infrastructure to ensure cost-effective operation with variable electricity pricing or intermittent renewable energy sources.

Opportunities to collaborate:

  • Charging network infrastructure design and installation for businesses and public usage.

  • Seeking sites interested in hosting integrated charging solutions with battery storage and solar PV systems.

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Knoydart Hydro Improvement Project


Status: Completed

Overview: The Knoydart Hydro Improvement project was a remote, logistically challenging project that required close cooperation with a number of local and national stakeholders. Electricity on the southern side of the Knoydart peninsula is supplied by a 280kW hydroelectric turbine that distributes power across a 7km, 11kV electrical grid. The system is entirely community owned; from generation, to distribution, metering and billing. Overtime, the demand for power has increased in Knoydart and as a result there were certain times in the year when the power from the turbine could not meet the demand from the community. Furthermore, due to hydrodynamic problems in the pipeline, the turbine could only produce ~200kW rather than 280kW. As a result, the scope of the Hydro Improvement project included the desire to increase electrical power output, the installation of a controllable loch draw-down valve and the repair of leaks in the dam. Energy Mutual managed the development of the project and successfully coordinated project consultants/contractors to realise a 25% improvement in power output and a new hydro dam that was compliant with SEPA regulations.

Innovation: Working with project contractors and a talented local team, a number of innovative logistical solutions were trialled such as a flat-pack cabin which was helicoptered to the project site, contained six bedrooms, electrics and the remotest Mira shower in the UK! Estimation of the loch volume was prepared based on a GPS walkaround and cross-sectional depth measurements to determine volume and time to draw-down the loch before mobilising resources on site. Project schedules were designed to meet SEPA and SNH requirements with respect to protected wildlife species that were present at specific times of the year.

Opportunities to collaborate:

  • Remote, rural energy project development.

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Microgrid Operations


Status: Ongoing services

Overview: A microgrid is generally considered to be an isolated electrical network that can operate independently of the main national electrical network. It usually contains one or more generating sources and multiple electrical loads.

Innovation: Experience managing the operations of islanded electrical grids. From the implementation of standard procedures, performance monitoring, long-term planning as well as proactive and reactive maintenance planning.

Opportunities to collaborate:

  • Management of privately owned electrical networks.

  • Design of new microgrid networks for remote or grid connected networks.

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Demand Side Management


Status: Completed

Overview: It was necessary to develop a demand management solution for a power constrained microgrid to ensure demand did not surpass generation. This project involved the evaluation of frequency based switches, power line communication and wifi based switches.

Innovation: Testing and implementation of a power line communication system for the control of distributed storage heaters across a microgrid network. The system utilised the z-lynk power line communication solution and dimplex quantum storage heaters. The use of a Philips Hue light bulb was trialled to indicate to consumers, by changing colour, that demand reduction was required.

Opportunities to collaborate:

  • Design of demand side management services for microgrid control and aggregate demand management services.

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Wind Energy Development & Operations


Status: Ongoing services

Overview: Wind energy projects are now facing a subsidy free environment and require new opportunities to improve their commercial viability.

Innovation: Bringing together multiple independent wind energy sites can increase the purchasing power for the developers and deliver economies of scale for turbine supply contracts, financing arrangements and operating costs.

Opportunities to collaborate:

  • Seeking small or single wind turbine projects to increase commercial viability by working together to form buyer's groups.

  • Interested in exploring opportunities to combine wind energy with variable electrical heating demand to link local generation with local electrical loads.

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Energy Access Surveys


Status: Completed

Overview: Over 300 families were interviewed across the city of Kinshasa to determine the reliability of electrical supplies and overall energy access rates. Purchasing power was evaluated to assess the feasibility of alternative clean energy access solutions to traditional energy sources such as candles, kerosene and charcoal.

Innovation: Using open air market locations to conduct interviews on specific energy market questions. Priority based energy questions were developed to ascertain the value of energy provision compared to other basic needs.

Opportunities to collaborate:

  • The coordination of market studies to support energy access projects in delivering commercially viable solutions that are regionally appropriate.

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Project Management Provider


Status: Ongoing

Overview: Local Energy Scotland ogranises a number of specialist framework providers to support community teams in developing local renewable energy projects. Energy Mutual qaulified as a provider of project management services.

Innovation: Community ownership of energy projects is still relatively novel and new methods of structuring projects are becoming apparent to maximise the value of the projet locally.

Opportunities to collaborate:

  • Supporting communities in developing local energy projects.

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Caribbean Islands Energy Developments


Status: Under development

Overview: Several Caribbean islands still rely on diesel generation as their primary source of electrical generation and electrical networks are faced with annual hurricane related weather risks. Therefore the development of clean sources of local generation can improve energy system resiliency and reduce energy costs for consumers.

Innovation: Onsite generation for island resorts and indsutrial energy consumers.

Opportunities to collaborate:

  • Seeking a collection of sites for solar and small-scale wind energy on Antigua, Bermuda and Dominca.

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