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Author Topic: Survey on low-Carbon energy solution in Kirkwall, Orkney.  (Read 3934 times)
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« on: January 06, 2016, 04:56:37 PM »


I am a member of a small group of 4th year engineers from the University of Glasgow who have been tasked with proposing a low-carbon energy solution which will provide 2/3 of a small town's total energy requirements. From this specification, we chose Kirkwall in Orkney. The project would include an Enhanced Geothermal System and district heating scheme. It is therefore of interest to us to gauge the opinion of local residents to this solution. If it is possible, could I ask you to complete our short survey? I have completed this myself and can confirm this will take no more than 5 minutes of your time whilst being of great assistance to us.

Should you have any other questions regarding the project or our solution, please don't hesitate to contact us.

You can find the survey here:

Kind regards,
Ross Williams.
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2016, 09:13:33 PM »

Hello Ross

Looks a worthwhile project.

I guess that you only want residents to reply.

If that is the case I wish you well but not sure you will have too many replies.

If the survey is more general do let us know.

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2017, 12:56:42 PM »

Hi Ross,

If you look at Isle of Eigg as a case study and how they have managed to live on Renewables 100%, that would give you a few ideas.
There are youtube videos on Isle of Eigg Renewables. Do check them out.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2017, 02:15:19 PM »

I live in Orkney ..... I've just completed the rather disjointed set of questions.

Could I ask why you picked Kirkwall, and more pointedly - what has made you bias your investigations towards a geothermal and district heating based solution, when the likelihood of that ever being implemented is zero - especially given that we allready generate far more electricity than we can instantaneously use, and given there allready being a rather well established system for the distribution of that energy allready installed ?

Perhaps you would get a more informed set of responses using Lerwick, which allready has a district heating system (fuelled to some extent using Orkneys combustible waste) ?

Here's one of the questions - "would the inclusion of an outdoor public spa (similar to those found in Iceland) encourage your personal investment in this scheme ?"

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