ORKNEY and Davos might not seem like names that go together, but at the World Economic Forum earlier this year, a video about a low-carbon project on the islands caused a buzz. Made by the European Marine Energy Centre, it showed the wind and rain-lashed shores of Orkney, describing it as a “renewable energy powerhouse”. “In 2017,” it said, “Orkney was the first to generate hydrogen from tidal power, using electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.” Actor, environmentalist and hydrogen-advocate Leonardo DiCaprio shared that video on Instagram. It has been viewed 27,000 times. The world had its eyes on little Orkney as a possible beacon of low-carbon hope.
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