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Transport is the highest emitting sector of greenhouse gases for the UK: aviation and shipping combined represent over 11% of the total. For Orkney, where air and sea provide lifeline services for island communities, cutting usage is not an option. Instead, innovative low-carbon technologies for planes and ferries are being trialled and demonstrated. A new project, SATE, will use Kirkwall airport as a testbed for low-carbon flight alternatives. These will include hybrid aircraft powered by electricity or sustainable aviation fuels, and trials of drone applications to supply on-demand medical supplies to health centres. Work on hydrogen as a maritime fuel through the HyDIME project will see hydrogen technology trialled on MV Shapinsay. Speakers bring the latest news from pioneering projects that are opening possible ways to decarbonise Orkney’s ferries and planes, and to help Orkney’s energy system make the transition to net zero.

You can watch this free event from here, through the YouTube link which will be coming shortly, or if you’d like to join questions and discussion, you can also go to the Science Festival’s YouTube channel

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