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Scarab4 Is Exhibiting at NOF Energy’s Offshore Wind Event 2017

We are looking forward to exhibiting at NOF Energy’s upcoming Offshore Wind North East Conference and Exhibition at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield on 9th November.

The event – that is part of Offshore Wind Week 2017 in partnership with RenewableUK – highlights and celebrates the potential offshore wind has to power the UK’s future economy, providing clean energy, employment and continued growth for all regions as the country aims to double the electricity that is currently generated to 10% by 2020.

It offers attendees the opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s leading professionals, as well as network with over 250 offshore wind supply chain companies – and with all exhibition stands now sold out – it is an event not to be missed.

Please visit Scarab4 at stand 29 to find out how we can help businesses in the sector with their marketing and PR activities to secure traction and increase sales.

If you’d like to organise a chat with Scarab4 at the event, please contact our Managing Director Jane at jane.gatiss@scarab4.com who will be attending the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets to attend the event please click here.

The Greenest Summer to Date for the UK

The National Grid has announced that this year, the UK has experienced its greenest summer yet, with figures showing that over half of the electricity generated for usage in UK homes has been produced from low carbon sources.

It’s been a record breaking quarter with almost 52% of generation from 21st June to 22nd September coming from renewables and solar in comparison to just 35% for the same period only four years ago. Studies conducted by the National Grid of power generation display that the combination of solar, wind and nuclear nudged carbon emissions to the lowest level over the past three months.

We have seen average carbon emissions for each unit of power fall drastically with a 56% drop between summer 2013 and 2017 as more and more electricity is generated from low carbon sources and coal is increasingly getting pushed out of the equation figures show.

The grid has also launched cutting-edge software that combines the company’s extensive knowledge of the UK energy system with the MET office weather data. This will forecast carbon intensity of electricity up to two days in advance in the hope that businesses and homes can be more involved and gauge an understanding of energy usage and how to control it, resulting in a further boost in the renewables sector.

This milestone is evidence of a fundamental shift towards a cleaner future showing that the UK is on track to meet the governments strict carbon targets following significant improvements in renewable technology. Innovations in such technology will only continue to grow, ensuring the same level of progression over the next ten years changing the way we power the UK.

Last Chance to Complete North East Business Support Fund Applications

Is your company based in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear or County Durham? If so, you could be eligible to receive a grant of up to 35% funding towards marketing and PR activities.

However, you need to be quick… as funding is due to be closing in the next couple of months following a huge demand from hundreds of businesses taking advantage of the grant over the past 18 months.

As a registered provider of NBSL funding, Scarab4 can help your business to secure the grant and deliver marketing and PR activities that can gain significant traction and increase sales for your company.

The funding available is The North East Business Support Fund (NEBSF) – part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) – to support growth within the region allowing businesses the opportunity to access up to £2,800.

As part of the funding, you could invest in the following activities with Scarab:

  • PR
  • Website design and development
  • Marketing
  • Branding/brand refresh
  • Promotional literature
  • Social media campaigns
  • Creative
  • Market research and strategy

The application process is quick and simple and we can help you through the full process. Click here to apply or if you would like more information on NEBSF please get in touch with our Marketing and PR Director Katherine at katherine.rowell@scarab4.com.

SPE Offshore Europe – Not to be Missed!

We are very much looking forward to attending, along with a handful of our clients, one of the biggest industry events of the year, SPE Offshore Europe. Held 5th – 8th September at Aberdeen UK, the event promises to be the largest E&P event in Europe anticipated to attract an impressive 50,000 attendees.

Throughout the course of the event there will be an opportunity to meet with over 1000 exhibitors and discover 1000’s of the latest upstream technologies. This will provide a great chance to meet like-minded people in the industry and stay up to date with the latest trends.

Make sure that you visit our client – QA Weld Tech – who will be exhibiting at stand 5A24 showcasing their capabilities as integrated welding and engineering specialists.

If you would like to have a catch up with the Scarab4 team at the event, feel free to email our Marketing and PR Director. Katherine at Katherine.rowell@scarab4.com.

There’s still a chance to register for free for the event by visiting here.

15,000-Tonne Wind Farm Installed onto Seabed off Blyth Coast

It’s a world first for the North-East as a float and submerge Gravity-Based Foundation (GBF) has been successfully lowered onto the sea bed as part of the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator wind farm. This pioneering project acts as a flagship for EDF Energy Renewables as it’s the first time that this method has been utilised for wind turbine installation.

Once operational, the new wind farm will see the development of five turbines capable of generating 41.5 MW; this is enough power to cater for around 34,000 homes saving a total of 57,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. As a significant project milestone, one of the GBF’s – constructed by Royal BAM – has been submerged four miles offshore past the Herd Groyne Lighthouse off the coast of Blyth and will provide the support for the wind turbines.

Before the delivery and installation of the turbines, the civil engineering firm Strukton will be pumping sea water from the North Sea into the foundations using a specialist vessel. The contractor VBMS will then lay specialist 66kV inter array and export cables down, connecting the wind farm to a new substation currently under construction in Blyth.

We are very pleased to see the progress so far that has been made on this ground breaking project and the contribution it is making towards helping the UK to meet its targets of a low carbon, sustainable future.

Surge in UK Renewable Energy

With the recent revelation that the majority of UK energy was supplied by renewable sources, it begs the question whether the era of oil and gas production will eventually be phased out. On the 8th June 2017, the national grid reported 50.7% of energy was powered by wind, solar and hydro methods of production. This suggests Britain is already on its way to a sustainable, energy-secure future.

The National Grid added that this is the first time that renewable energy and nuclear power have together produced more power than gas and coal plants combined. A surge in output from wind energy is partially responsible, with a 26.7% of UK energy supplied through this source. This stems from an increase in onshore and offshore wind projects, numbering 6,200 and 1,497 respectively. Such projects include the Statoil Dudgeon Wind Farm, set to power more than 400,000 homes.

At Scarab4, we understand the changing nature of the energy market and it is great to see the positive impact that renewable technology is having. Specialising in the energy, waste and water sector allows us to provide extensive knowledge in delivering our services, allowing for a more targeted and successful marketing and PR communications.