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Energy / Orion team hoping to reach wide audience at COP26

The ORION project is seen a key way of Shetland going net zero.

THE ORION clean energy project will have a presence at the upcoming COP26 climate conference in Glasgow – giving the team the chance to reach a “national and international” audience.

Project coordinator Gunther Newcombe will speak at an event on hydrogen supply on 10 November.

Members of the ORION team and some of its partners will be present throughout the two-week event.

Net Zero Technology Centre, Strathclyde University, and Highland & Islands Enterprise – which are all involved in ORION – have their own events, presentations and presence at the conference.

Shetland Islands Council’s future energy manager Douglas Irvine said: “COP26 is about working together to tackle the climate crisis that affects all of us.

“The ORION team’s presence in Glasgow gives us the opportunity to interact with other organisations and initiatives working towards the same goals and ambitions.

“We have been given a chance to speak during the hydrogen sessions in Scotland’s Climate Ambition Zone which will promote the ORION Clean Energy project at a national and international level.”

The ORION project aims to transform Shetland into a “green energy island” in the transition from oil and gas to net zero.

This would entail large scale hydrogen production and powering oil rigs off Shetland from shore.

The United Nations’ COP26 conference will start on Sunday (31 October).

World leaders and those involved in the climate and energy will be in attendance.