BSc students’ field visit to develop strategic assessment of Guernsey’s renewable energy potential

May 20th, 2013 by Guernsey Renewable Energy Commission

Academics and students from the University of Exeter are in Guernsey on a field visit looking to build upon the visit by University of Exeter students in 2012 and to further develop a strategic assessment of the renewable energy potential for Guernsey.

This initiative is part of the State of Guernsey’s Commerce and Employment Department, through the Renewable Energy Team (RET), work to progress local macro renewable energy in part through long term strategic alliances with leading UK Universities.

About 45 undergraduate students studying for a BSc in Renewable Energy and academics have arrived in Guernsey and stay until 28 May 2013.

The students will form different groups to act as renewable energy consultants to study various aspects of Guernsey’s renewable energy potential.

The work, using both existing and new data, will focus on the potential for development of renewable energy in Guernsey.

This work will develop an overall strategy for Guernsey that RET can incorporate into their ongoing strategy, and bring together all other aspects of the study to include:

  • Photovoltaic projects
  • Offshore wind energy
  • Overall economic viability for renewable energy in Guernsey
  • Policy, Legislation, Regulation and Licensing
  • Tidal power
  • Energy Storage
  • Electrification of transport
  • Heat and sustainability
  • Environmental scoping
  • Onshore wind energy

RET has the mandate for macro renewables energy, but this study will be wider and look at renewable energy in general.

Jeremy Thompson, Chairman of the Renewable Energy Team (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Jeremy Thompson of the Guernsey Renewable Energy Forum discussing the potential for marine tidal power in the Bailiwick

Jeremy Thompson, Chairman of RET said “we are delighted to welcome back the University of Exeter to assist us in further understanding renewable energy within Guernsey.

“This study will build on the work already done and provide a check on the renewable energy strategy in Guernsey.

“It will assess Guernsey’s future potential and how we get there,” he said.

Dr Lars Johanning from University of Exeter said “the University of Exeter has significant expertise in renewables which has an important future in the UK and the Channel Islands.”

“We are pleased to be able to come back to Guernsey and build on previous studies.”

“This visit is another part of our long term relationship with Guernsey,” he said.

The University of Exeter students will prepare a consultant’s report to a standard that is comparable with a professional submission and will deliver a presentation explaining project findings to an audience, to which the media are invited, at the end of May.

To maximise the benefit of the field visit RET and UoE have contacted various key stakeholders, groups and individuals to assist them in their work.

More information on RET’s works can be found on the Guernsey Renewable Energy Commission website.


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