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About the Energy Technology Partnership

 
The broad focus for the ETP covers four main areas:

Capacity Building
Deepening and broadening existing relationships and partnerships across ETP members to promote increased collaboration, thereby building additional energy related RD&D capacity in Scotland.

Relationship Building
Promoting the considerable expertise and capabilities within the ETP to develop new strategic partnerships with industry, academia and others.

Internationalisation
Projecting the scale and expertise of the ETP on the international stage in order to promote new outreach and knowledge exchange opportunities.

Economic Impact
Connecting the work of the ETP with Scottish Policy and economic development opportunities for Scotland.

With around 250 academics and 600 researchers, the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) is the largest, most broad-based power and energy research partnership in Europe.

ETP members currently lead or participate in energy related RD&D programmes and investments valued in excess of £300 million funded through Research Council UK, industry and government.

The members of the ETP are active across the spectrum of energy sectors (oil & gas, power generation, renewables) and also across all aspects of the RD&D pipeline, from conceptual and feasibility studies through to applied research, testing, development, demonstration and supporting commercial deployment.

The partners have strong industrial and academic links throughout the UK and internationally, with a track record for delivering successful commercialisation of new technologies through clearly focussed demonstration and development strategies underpinned by world-class research.

ETP Objectives

Through working on its four key focus areas of; capacity building, relationship building, internationalisation and economic impact, the ETP will help deliver, with the Scottish energy RD&D community, a range of expected additional benefits, for example:

  • Increased capacity and capability in energy RD&D competitiveness
  • Increased sharing of major facilities, equipment and resources
  • Creation of critical mass in key areas to ensure international competitiveness
  • Increased investment and funding - Scottish, UK, EU and international
  • Enhanced reputation - UK and international
  • Increased ability to attract leading international research stars
  • Stronger links to enterprise and increased business funded RD&D
  • Increased levels of knowledge transfer across the RD&D community
  • Development of new inter-disciplinary RD&D
  • A single 'front door', where required, to seek information and gain access to the skills and expertise available in the Scottish energy RD&D community

 

Research pooling

Research Pooling in Scotland has developed as a basis for academic discipline growth and strengthening. The resulting enhancement of the research base has been significant as seen in measures such as citation indices and investment in research and knowledge transfer.

The first phase of research pooling subjects included: engineering; physics; chemistry; economics; life sciences; geological & earth sciences; marine sciences; informatics & computer science; and, mathematics.

The Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRP-E) integrates international level research activity across Scotland in three regional partnerships: Glasgow (GRP), Edinburgh (ERPem) and Northern (NRP), within which a number of energy related Joint Research Institutes have been established in recent years:

GRP

ERPem

NRP

The further pooling of energy research activities across Scotland, delivered through the Energy Technology Partnership, is now one of the key thematic focus areas for SRP-E.

Click here for a summary map showing the ETP's main areas of energy related RD&D activity, in relation to research pooling.

Demonstration and deployment facilities

Crucial to the pull-through of energy technology is the close physical and intellectual proximity of the research community with innovative Demonstration and Deployment Facilities.

The ETP has been instrumental in the development of a number of such facilities in Scotland. Examples include:

Click here for a summary map showing the location of these and other demonstration and deployment facilities.

Capacity building


Objective

Deepening and broadening existing relationships and partnerships across ETP members to promote increased collaboration, thereby building additional energy related RD&D capacity in Scotland.

Current focus

ETP members are active in a number of collaborative partnerships, within the UK and Internationally.

  • Leading or participating in the UK's Sustainable Power Generation and Supply (SUPERGEN) Programme.  

Relationship building


Objective

Promoting the considerable expertise and capabilities within the ETP to develop new strategic partnerships with industry, academia and others.

Current focus

  • Discussions ongoing with other Scottish research pools to identify new collaborative opportunities
  • Raising industry's awareness of the ETP with the aim of developing new partnerships, for mutual benefit

 

 

 

Internationalisation


Objective

Projecting the scale and expertise of the ETP on the international stage in order to promote new outreach and knowledge exchange opportunities.

Current Focus

Discussions ongoing with a number of international organisations to promote the expertise within the ETP and potentially develop long term collaborative relationships. For example:

Europe
China
India
US (Texas Universities)
US (large global researcher)

Economic impact


Objective

Connecting the work of the ETP with Scottish Policy and economic development opportunities for Scotland.

Current Focus

Working with Scottish Enterprise to maximise the impact of knowledge transfer from the ETP into the Scottish economy
Working with Scottish Development International to support inward investment opportunities into Scotland and outward trade opportunities

 

About ETP

If you would like to know more about us, click here to view a power point presentation.

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Our Vision

 
Our vision is to build on the existing areas of excellence and collaborative working to make Scotland a world renowned source for energy related Research, Development & Demonstration (RD&D) and its commercialisation.

 

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