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Many of our news and events postings have come directly from external organisers. This is the best way to keep our audience up-to-date with the breadth of activities that are ongoing, relating to ETP. More detailed information can often be found by following the links provided; this will take you directly to the organiser’s websites for full details.

News

Scientists at Edinburgh University Apply Fingerprint Test for C02 Storage

Researchers from Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) have developed a way to measure tiny traces of inactive natural gases, known as noble gases, found in CO2. The technique, developed by scientists at the University of Edinburgh, has been conclusively used to investigate an alleged leak from CO2 injected underground at a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada.

While studies have shown that small amounts of CO2 seepage carry no significant threat to human health, the new test will allow scientists and storage site developers to reassure residents that CO2 storage sites are secure.

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Renewables In Scotland: Funding, Innovation and Next Steps for Policy

Date: 22nd November 2017 (morning)

Location: Central Edinburgh

Delegates will discuss priorities for supporting innovation and commercialisation in the move towards a subsidy-free renewables market - assessing opportunities for attracting investment and reducing barriers faced by businesses seeking to develop large-scale renewable energy projects.

Areas for discussion in the agenda include:
•    Renewable energy in Scotland - challenges and opportunities;
•    Contracts for Difference allocations and Capacity Market priorities;
•    Funding, commercialisation and moving towards a subsidy-free sector;
•    Developing a resilient and flexible electricity network - storage, demand-side response and regulation; and
•    Next steps for renewable energy policy in Scotland and implementing the Energy Strategy.

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials in The Scottish Government; as well as Scottish Parliamentarians with a special interest in the subject. It will also be made available more widely.

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Findings Launched From Second Phase of Future Power System Architecture Project

From the Energy Systems Catapult, FPSA1 explored the future functional requirements of a transformed electricity system in 2030 and was ground breaking internationally in using systems engineering techniques to articulate complex whole system issues in electricity. It identified 35 new or substantially extended functional requirements, most of which were whole system in nature, and many of which clustered around the grid edge, in parts of the system traditionally not considered in depth by the established electricity industry. 

FPSA2 built on this work by broadening stakeholder engagement, especially at the grid edge and amongst communities, smart cities and other stakeholders. The work deepened and validated the functional analysis and identified innovation requirements. 

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Hydrogen Development Manager Job at European Marine Energy Centre in the Orkney Islands

The European Marine Energy Centre in the Orkney Islands is recruiting now for the new position of Hydrogen Development Manager.

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is the world’s leading test facility for wave and tidal energy converters, having supported more real-sea deployments than at any other site in the world. Orkney is leading the world in the development of marine renewable energy and EMEC has an exciting opportunity that can place you right at the heart of the industry.  

Hydrogen Development Manager: £34,538 – £42,213 plus contributory pension.

As part of a pioneering project looking to generate hydrogen from tidal and wind energy, EMEC has recently installed an electrolyser at its tidal test site. To support diversification into this exciting new sector, EMEC are seeking a Hydrogen Development Manager to assess and implement hydrogen related business streams. You will be responsible for identifying opportunities for hydrogen related R&D projects as well as establishing export routes for the hydrogen produced from the electrolyser.

An all-round education, with a first degree in a relevant science or business subject, is essential to this role. You will have at least five years’ experience developing or delivering new business in a service or energy sector. This role requires an ambitious, motivated individual with strong commercial acumen. Whilst the preference is for the post holder to be based in Orkney, consideration will be given to other locations within Scotland. This full-time post is for a fixed term of 2 years initially.

Do you want to lead the charge in the marine energy revolution? Here is the job description: Hydrogen Development Manager Job Description

The closing date for receipt of applications is 1pm on Friday 30 June 2017

For any enquiries about this position or an informal discussion about the post please call Donna Ritch on 01856 852040. Please note that you must be eligible to work in the UK in order to be considered.
 

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Scientists Recommend Drones for Pipeline Monitoring

After research at Aberdeen University, drones could inspect and maintain oil and gas pipelines at far distances. This would work well in remote and hard-to-reach areas and could lead to significant benefits to the environments. 

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Infrastructure Systems Competition Round 3 Briefing and Brokerage Events

Date: Tuesday 4th July

Location: Glasgow

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), in partnership with Innovate UK welcomes interested parties within Infrastructure Systems sectors to be briefed on the third round of competition funding for Infrastructure Systems. This event brings together the innovators developing solutions working to evolve the UK Infrastructure systems, including smart infrastructure, urban living, connected transport, energy systems, offshore wind and nuclear.

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University of Strathclyde Blog: Anyone out there know how to deliver a low carbon energy system? How can we approach the challenge and, crucially, where do we as citizens fit in?

In May, Professor Karen Turner of the University of Strathclyde published an interesting blog, engaging with the practicalities of the Scottish Government Draft Energy Strategy. It offers key insights, questions and food for thought moving forward.

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Heriot-Watt Uni Finds That Brine Can Enhance CO2 Storage Potential

After this study, it is seen that brine can greatly enhance CO2 storage potential of North Sea acquifiers. The project has shown that the controlled production of brine from rocks deep beneath the North Sea can greatly increase the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that can be injected for storage and help to reduce the cost per tonne of tackling the UK’s carbon emissions.

The multi-disciplinary project, funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), has studied how brine production, more often associated with oil and gas operations, can enhance the storage potential of saline aquifers already identified as ideal CO2 stores.

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16th European Conference on Solid State Chemistry

Date: 23rd-26th July 2017

Location: University of Strathclyde

Main topics of the conference:
Advances in solid state materials synthesis
Functioning materials
Electrochemistry
Physical Chemistry of Solids
Large volume high pressure techniques
Microporous / mesoporous materials
Chalcogenide & oxide hydride materials
Advanced characterisation techniques

Invited speakers will also attend.

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H2FC Supergen Research Conference 2017

Date: 11-13 December

Location: University of St Andrews

H2FC SUPERGEN is holding its 2017 Researcher Conference from midday 11th Dec to midday 13th Dec 2017, bringing together the entire hydrogen and fuel cell research community, inspiring collaboration and driving innovation.

PRESENTATION THEMES
The topics will focus on research developments on hydrogen, fuel cells and their applications, with focus on, but not exclusivity to, the themes below:
•Theme 1: Hydrogen Production
•Theme 2: Hydrogen Storage
•Theme 3: Fuel Cells
•Theme 4: Hydrogen/Fuel Cell Systems and Applications
•Theme 5: Hydrogen Safety
•Theme 6: The role of hydrogen and fuel cells in the energy system
•Theme 7: Policy, economic and social aspects of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

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Achieve the Renewable Energy Consultant Expert Certificate online or in the classroom 

More funding has been issued to take part in the three courses below, which combine to make the Renewable Energy Consultant Expert Certificate.

The University of London is offering classes on 2 of these courses, starting on 29th June 2017. After this date, each course can be studied online at anytime.

Course 1: Renewable Energy Management and Finance
               (Content - Participants will be taught how to successfully manage and finance Renewable Energy Projects.)

Course 2: Solar Photovolaitics
               (Content - Participants will be taught how to install, maintain and repair solar panels and will achieve the Solar Photovoltaic Course Qualification.)

Course 3: Online Specialisation Course
               (Content - Participants can choose from a variety of distance learning courses, including Wind Power, Renewable Energy Solutions, Carbon Management and more... )

Distance Learning: All distance learning courses use video lessons taken from live classroom sessions, offer flexible study hours and award the internationally recognised Galileo Master Certificate

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Renewable Energy Consultant Expert Certificate

Date: Course 1 (29th-30th June); Course 2 (27th-28th July); Course 3 (online)

Location: University of London

More funding has been issued to take part in the three courses below, which combine to make the Renewable Energy Consultant Expert Certificate.

Course 1: Renewable Energy Management and Finance (29th-30th June)

Course 2: Solar Photovolaitics (27th-28th July)

Course 3: Online Specialisation Course

As well as the University of London sessions, each course can also be studied online at anytime.  

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Call for Participants: Workshop on low and no-Pt Catalysts for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells

Date: 6th-8th September 2017 (participation deadline by 20th June 2017)

Location: Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

There is a call to take part in a workshop that might be of interest to Early Career Researchers.

Under the researcher link scheme, offered via the Newton Fund, the British Council and NSF of China, Northumbria University and Nanjing University will be holding a workshop on the above theme at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Nanjing University. The workshop is being coordinated by Professor Jianguo Liu at Nanjing University and Dr. Terence Liu at Northumbria University, and will have contributions from other leading researchers.

Early Career Researchers from the UK are invited to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the NewtonResearcher Links programme. The application form, with more details on the initiative, is attached and should be sent to terence.liu@northumbria.ac.uk before the deadline of 30 June 2017.

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2017 MASTS Annual Science Meeting Call for Abstracts

Date: 7th July (call for abstract for conference on 4th-6th October 2017)

Abstracts for talks and/or e-posters to the 2017 MASTS Annual Science Meeting should be submitted before 16:00 on Friday 7th July 2017 to masts@st-andrews.ac.uk using the abstract template document. Abstracts can be submitted to one of the following areas:

  1. General Science Session
  2. Maximising capabilities of volunteer observing systems
  3. SNH session - Safeguarding Scotland’s coasts and seas…. perspectives and visions
  4. Deep Sea
  5. Circulation, dispersion and connectivity in Scottish Waters
  6. Marine Biogeochemistry

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Next Steps for Electricity Market Reform

Date: 7th November 2017

Location: Central London

Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar. This seminar examines the future for Electricity Market Reform (EMR) following the latest Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round and ahead of 2018 Capacity Market auctions.

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Young Person Green Energy Award Winners 2017

On 25th May, the awards were hosted to celebrate the achievements of young people in the green energy field. Julie Blue received the top award after becoming the youngest management team member at a Scottish wind turbine tower plant (CS Wind UK). ETP were delighted to sponsor the Academic Award, which was won by Caitlin Long. Well done to all successful participants and all others who took part.

The full list of winners is:

  • Academic Award (sponsored by Energy Technology Partnership): Caitlin Long, European Marine Energy Centre
  • Achiever Award (sponsored by SSE): Virginia Ruiz Albacete, ScottishPower Renewables
  • Business Development Award: David Rubie-Todd, Wavepower
  • Communicator Award: Jason Morin, Muirhall Energy
  • Engineer Award (sponsored by ESB): Benjamin Williamson, University of Aberdeen
  • Judges Award (sponsored by ScottishPower Renewables): Julie Blue, CS Wind UK
  • Innovator Award (sponsored by Highlands & Islands Enterprise): Andrew Hynd, Atkins
  • Professional Award: Emma Reid, Pinsent Masons
  • Project Manager Award: Ailsa Smith, Wood Group

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Record Solar Power Generated by the UK on Friday 26th March

Clear skies and bright days play a vital role in helping the UK succeed in a record amount of solar power generated. This a month after Britain went coal free for a day - the first time since the Industrial Revolution. This and other advances could spell good times ahead for renewable energy.

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Scottish Government Funding for St Andrews Community Carbon Challenge

Transition University of St Andrews, St Andrews Botanic Garden, and the St Andrews Environment Network have secured £149,986 to further develop a low carbon living programme and community space within the grounds of St Andrews Botanic Garden. This is aimed at helping local residents to reduce their carbon emissions.

The project, called the St Andrews Community Carbon Challenge, has a target of reducing carbon emissions by 600 tonnes and engaging with 1700 people in a range of activities and practical activities.

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At University of Glasgow, researchers reveal benefits of providing off-grid solar power to rural communities in India

In joint work from Universities in Scotland and USA, the benefits of providing rural communities in India's Uttar Pradesh region with off-grid solar panels is established. The communities targetted were those who did not have electricity beforehand and used keronsene lamps instead. This lack of electricity affects hundreds of millions of people in India, sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. As solar panels become ever cheaper, the scope of expanding this research to help more people in rural places is a real possibility.

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Call for papers: United Kingdom - Japan Engineering Education League Workshop

Date: 10th July (Workshop - 7th/8th September)

Location: Glasgow

This is a call for papers from doctoral students for the above workshop, which has a deadline of 10th July. See the website for more details. Every engineering theme will be looked at, but papers from Energy Sustainability from Integrated Renewable Energy Systems will be particularly welcome.

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United Kingdom - Japan Engineering Education League (UKJEEL)

Date: 7th - 8th September

Location: Glasgow

At the James Watt Building, University of Glasgow, this promises to be an interesting event. There is a call for papers from doctoral students, which has a deadline of 10th July. See the website for more details. Every engineering theme will be looked at, but papers from Energy Sustainability from Integrated Renewable Energy Systems will be particularly welcome.

The workshop will be an opportunity to network and exchange views with Japanese and UK colleagues on education and research. Doctoral students gain valuable experience in giving oral and poster presentations; further understanding of sustainable energy generation; faculty can strengthen contacts with colleagues to facilitate further research exchanges and professional development.

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Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar

Date: 4th July 2017

Location: London

Next steps for UK onshore oil and gas: shale development, environmental regulation and opportunities for sector growth. This is a morning event.

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SR Marine Conference, Exhibition and Dinner

Date: 12-13th September

Location: Inverness, Eden Court Theatre

The ETP will be in attendance at this year's event. Scotland’s wave and tidal industries continue to break new ground in both technology and project development. While the sectors face challenges finding a route to market the publication of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy and the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy provide new opportunities. The 2017 conference will debate these challenges and opportunities and delegates will learn about the cutting-edge developments helping build these industries of the future. It will look at:

- What the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy means for our wave and tidal sectors
- How the wave and tidal sectors can benefit from the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy
- What innovations are driving forward the wave energy sector
- How we can build a tidal energy industry


 

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Scottish Renewables Solar Conference and Exhibition 2017

Date: 6th September

Location: Edinbrugh, COSLA centre

ETP will be in attendance at the SR Solar Conference & Exhibition 2017, which is returning to the COSLA Centre in Edinburgh on Wednesday 06 September.This event will encourage policy discussions and networking amongst representatives from across the industry. In association with the Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research (SISER), this all-day event will make use of the most up-to-date information and will attract key players and decision makers from the public and private sectors, academia, communities and the supply chain.

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MASTS Annual Science Meeting (ASM) 2017

Date: Wednesday 4th - Friday 6th October

Location: Glasgow, Technology Innovation Centre

The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland wishes to invite exhibitors to display at the TIC building at the University of Strathclyde throughout their three day event in October.

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BHA Hydro Network 2017

Date: 29th June 2017

Location: Telford, Shropshire

This event will involve a broad cross-section of people from the UK Hydropower sector. It will bring together industry professionals, experts and some of hydropower's leading practitioners to provide an insight into many of today's opportunities and challenges.

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New Deputy Chair for ETP

ETP is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Paul Mitchell as the new Deputy Chair of the ETP Directorate.

Paul was instrumental in the creation of ETP 10 years ago and, as a member of the ETP Directorate, has nurtured ETP to become a model for research pools worldwide. Congratulations to Paul.

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FloWave Facility at Edinburgh University

A world-leading marine energy testing facility is to become a fully integrated part of Edinburgh University.

Built in 2014 as a standalone facility on the University’s King’s Buildings campus, FloWave has already become one of the world’s leading and most used wave and tidal test facilities. It has been used by a wide range of academic and commercial clients from home and abroad to recreate any ocean current in the world, enabled by the tank’s 360 degree symmetry and size. The development seeks to ensure the University’s continuation as a global centre of excellence in wave and tidal technologies.

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SR: Introduction to the Electricity Network: Charging & Regulation CPD Seminar

Date: 30th August 2017

Location: Glasgow, Technology Innovation Centre

The electricity system continues to change. Through the growth of renewable generation we have already seen significant disruption in the way that power is produced. Now advances in technology look set to transform the market further with storage, electric vehicles and new innovative business models all poised to impact conventional operation and ownership models.

This seminar will provide delegates with a valuable overview of the arrangements in place to govern the ownership, operation and regulation of the electricity network and provide you with the knowledge necessary to navigate through this complex and changing subject area.

 

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Priorities for Developing Energy Efficiency in Scotland

Date: Thursday 5th October (morning)

Location: Central Edinburgh

This is the Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar, with Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, The Scottish Government, and Keith Armstrong, Director of Energy Services, SSE. This timely conference will be an opportunity to discuss the policy priorities for improving energy efficiency in Scotland - in both domestic and commercial settings.

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Funded Spaces Available at Dundee Uni: MSc Managing in the Energy Industries Programme

The energy industries, which include power, oil and gas, mining and alternative energy, require managers with specific knowledge of these industries and demand to fill these positions is high. This course is designed and offered in an attempt to help those who wish to establish or further their careers in these industries to achieve their ambitions.

The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee is pleased to offer a limited number of fully-funded places to eligible students. This is an initiative from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) designed to support key sectors in the Scottish economy to develop a high-level skills base.

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PECRE Awards by ETP

12 students to collaborate with international institutions through this research exchange.

In order to increase the exposure of early career researchers (ECRs) and postgraduate students (PhDs) to international collaboration, ETP has offered, via the SFC PECRE grant scheme, awards for ECRs and PhDs working within one or more of ETP’s energy themes to participate in exchanges with companies or academic institutions abroad.

The successful students are:

Mr Tamas Istvan Jozsa, Dr Claudia Fernandez-Martin, Anna Garcia Teruel, Dimitrios Athanasiadis, Mr Masoud Ghaderi Zefreh, Dr Faisal A. Ghani, Mr Declan Bryans, Mr Gylen Odling, Dr David Campos-Gaona, Sofia Koukoura, Erika Palfi and Mr Roberto Emanuele Rizzo.

For more information, click here.

 

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University of the West of Scotland: Climate Challenge Funding

The Students' Asociation for University of the West of Scotland has received funding from the Scottish Government to help reduce their carbon footprint.

The Engage, Empower, Embed 3E project will deliver dynamic engagement and action on sustainability for students, staff and the local community. This will centre on community action and education.

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Aberdeen Student Presents at Major Egyptian Energy Conference

Hossam Almassry (26), a MSc Petroleum Energy, Economics and Finance student from Egypt, was the youngest presenter to an elite group of technical experts at EGYPS 2017, the Egypt Petroleum Show. He is studying in the UK under the prestigious Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Chevening Scholarship, and was selected from over a hundred entrants to present a paper there.

His paper, ‘The Application of the Low Salinity Waterflooding Technique in the ‘Belayim’ Oil Field’, concentrated on a relatively new Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) technique.  During the conference, Hossam also had the opportunity to meet John Casson, the British Ambassador to Egypt.

Hossam’s involvement in the conference came as a result of a trade mission led by Scottish Development International (SDI) involving the University of Aberdeen.

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ScotCHEM Benchtop NMR

ScotCHEM has a benchtop NMR available for loan to businesses for short industrial projects. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is non-destructuve, fast and highly informative. The instrument will come with support from the University of Edinburgh.

  • Offer open to businesses located in Scotland.
  • Instrument available for up to 4 weeks.
  • Available from April until September 2017.
  • Training and support provided.
  • An expert can work with you.

               

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Robert Gordon University Spin-Out Shortlisted for Prestigious Offshore Award

PlanSea, which offers operational management control, fleet optimisation and vessel scheduling software for the offshore oil and gas marine support sector, has been shortlisted for its ground-breaking optimisation and efficiency software.

The Offshore Achievement Awards 2017, to be announced on 23rd March, is the biggest and longest established industry awards for the UK offshore energy sector, covering all aspects from supply to upstream operations and offshore renewables. The ‘Emerging Technology’ award, which PlanSea has been shortlisted for, aims to identify and recognise innovative new technology ideas developed in the UK for the offshore energy sector.

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Focus on Cooling Systems; Not Electricity

Study at Heriot-Watt University has highlighted the breadth of energy systems that exist, despite society's focus on electricity when discussing energy consumption.

Cooling systems is an area demanding high levels of energy consumption and with much scope for alternative methods to electricity. This demand needs to be met both environmentally and economically; only in that way will cooling systems be able to progress at a sustainable level.

Heriot-Watt is working with Dearman to trial the company's technology in a data centre in Malaysia to provide cold and power energy storage. This versatile example of Cooling comes hot on the heels of the Dearman engine, powered by the phase-change expansion of cryogenic liquid nitrogen, whose first application is as a zero-emission transport refrigeration unit (TRU) now being trialled by Sainsbury’s.

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Heriot-Watt's £4 million robotics boost for offshore windfarms

A collaboration between colleagues from Heriot-Watt's Ocean Systems Laboratory and the Smart Systems Group has received funding to deliver a human-robotics hybrid solution for the maintenance and operation of offshore windfarms.

The Heriot-Watt team, which includes Dr David Flynn, Dr Keith Brown and Professor David Lane, is part of a consortium of experts sharing a £4 million grant to create remote inspection and repair technologies using robotics and autonomous systems. These will be used to inspect the condition of subsea power cables, identify problems early and ultimately, extend their lifespan.

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Converge Challenge 2017

The quest to find the next generation of entrepreneurs from Scotland’s thriving academic entrepreneur community is underway once again.

Converge Challenge brings together the most ambitious and creative thinkers from any Scottish Higher Education Institute (HEI) and offers three award categories. Converge Challenge: for those with an established idea; KickStart: for early stage ideas; and Social Enterprise: for ideas that will have a positive impact on social and environmental issues. Converge Challenge is open to staff, students and recent graduates and ideas can be for a product, process or a service, at any stage of development and from any industry sector. The key aim of the programme is to support the local enterprise activities that are delivered by individual universities and provide a national platform to showcase the entrepreneurial talent within the Scottish research base.

Between 2011-2015, the initiative has trained 240 emerging entrepreneurs that have formed 62 Converge companies and secured over £39 million of follow-on funding. Converge Challenge cements its position as the leading opportunity for Scotland’s university based entrepreneurs as 4 out of 5 Converge companies have secured follow-on funding and 80% are still trading after three years.


Application accepted until the 10th April 2017. The awards ceremony will be held in September 2017. To enter, click here.

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Award Winning Biomass Plant Commissioned at St Andrews University

The University of St Andrews’ strategic aim to become the UK’s first carbon neutral university for energy usage took a major step forward today (Tuesday 6 December) when the biomass plant at the Eden Campus at Guardbridge was officially commissioned.

The £25 million plant on the east side of the former paper mill site produces hot water from a biomass boiler using clean, natural fuels from sustainable sources across Scotland, which is pumped four miles underground to St Andrews where it heats University buildings.

The project is funded by an £11 million loan from the Scottish Partnership for Regeneration in Urban Centres (SPRUCE) Fund, a joint Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund initiative, managed by Amber Infrastructure Limited and a £10 million grant from the Scottish Funding Council, with the remaining £4 million coming from the University.

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Oil & Gas: Methane Gas visualisation one step closer at Glasgow University

New technology which could offer the oil and gas industry a cheaper way to visualise methane gas is taking one step closer to becoming commercially available.

In a paper published in the journal Optics Express, researchers from the University of Glasgow’s School of Physics and Astronomy and Scottish photonics company M Squared Lasers describe how they have used a technique called single-pixel imaging to create real-time video images of methane gas in a typical atmospheric setting.

While gas imaging technology has been commercially available for some time, current systems are expensive, bulky and power-hungry. Single-pixel imaging uses just one light-sensitive pixel to build digital images instead of using conventional multi-pixel sensor arrays, which can be prohibitively expensive for infrared imaging. This allows the researchers to build a much smaller, cheaper gas detection system.

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Quantum Technology Funding Competition

Date of Regional Briefing Event: 21st February 2017

Location: Edinburgh, Radisson Blu Hotel

Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Network, is holding the 3rd Commercialisation of Quantum Technologies competition. Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £13 million in quantum technologies.

The aim of this competition is to encourage collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects and feasibility studies that will either:

  • develop prototype devices and demonstrators of quantum technologies or their component technologies
  • improve the understanding of the technical, business or market challenges of taking a new device or service to market

Key dates:

  • Competiton Opens: 30th January 2017
  • Register by midday, 29th March 2017
  • Apply by midday, 5th April 2017

More information can be found here.

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UK Energy Innovation Awards 2017

Date: 28th September 2017


Location: Liverpool, Titanic Hotel

Innovation scout, the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC), is once again searching for SME innovators with ground-breaking technologies that have the potential to help UK distribution networks address their major energy challenges. Now in its eighth year, the UK Energy Innovation Awards offer an unprecedented opportunity for energy networks and third-party innovators to come together and celebrate the ideas and technologies that offer benefits to customers, industry and the supply chain.

Strathclyde’s Power Networks Demonstration Centre is a confirmed sponsor of this year's awards.

 Deadline for nominations is Friday 28th April 2017 

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SR Marine Conference 2017: Scottish Renewables

Date: 12th-13th September 2017

Location: Inverness

ETP will be in attendance at this year's event. Scotland’s marine energy industry is on the cusp of breakthrough developments which will propel it towards commercialisation. But while we’ve taken huge strides forward with technology and projects, recent announcements regarding funding and Brexit have raised significant concerns about the future of these burgeoning industries.

Join the conference to learn about developments within Scotland’s wave and tidal sectors and debate how we navigate the choppy waters now in-front of us.

Discover: 

  •     Industry leaders’ priorities for the pivotal year ahead
  •     How Wave Energy Scotland is accelerating the development of wave energy technology
  •     How tidal developers and their supply chain are building the first tidal arrays

 

 

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2016 ETP Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Exchanges (PECRE) Call

ETP is pleased to launch the call for applications for the 2016 PECRE grant.

All PECRs engaged in energy research across all 12 ETP partner universities are eligible. (For the purposes of this award, an early career researcher is defined as having up to and including 4 years’ postdoctoral experience as a member of staff in a UK university ie who started after 31st December 2012).

Not only are the awards designed to increase the impact of Doctorate projects or early career research by supporting international exchanges in Europe, North America, China and India; it is also useful practice in the art of grant application writing.

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Materials advance promises to help power clean energy economy

St Andrews researchers have made an important step forward in the quest to store electricity from intermittent energy sources such as wind and solar.

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ETP Vacancies

We are currently recruiting for a further 2 Business Development Managers for our Knowledge Exchange Network, in the themes of Energy Systems and Energy Utilisation in Buildings.

  • BDM - Energy Systems, this role shall be based at the University of Strathclyde, with a closing date for applications of 19th September 2016. Ref: 45131
  • BDM - Energy Utilisation in Buildings, this role shall be based at Heriot-Watt University, with a closing date for applications of 2nd September 2016. Ref: IRC5614

More information and how to apply for each can be found here.

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2nd Chemistry in Energy Conference 2017

Venue: University of Sheffield, UK

Date: Monday-Wednesday, 17th-19th July 2017

Building on the success of the 1st “Chemistry in Energy” Conference, the Energy Sector of the Royal Society of Chemistry is pleased to announce that it is organising and promoting the 2nd “Chemistry in Energy” conference to be hosted by and at the University of Sheffield.

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Wind Energy - New Business Development manager

We are delighted to welcome Andrew Tipping to the ETP team.

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Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2016

We are delighted to congratulate Lisa MacKenzie, EMEC (Orkney) on winning the Communicator Award sponsored by ETP at the Scottish Renewables Young Professionals Green Energy Awards which took place on 26th May.

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ETP Project Manager

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Brian Cross as our new Project Manager.

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New ETP Project Manager

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Brian Cross as our new Project Manager.

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HW Energy-Academy. Santander Universities SME Internship Programme - Grants to employ a Heriot-Watt Graduate

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Landscaping research awarded £250,000 to key industry partners

Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has today announced the start of two landscaping studies: one in Materials and another researching Structural Forces. These will help WES identify the future requirements of the wave sector and enable WES to target technology development where it is most needed.  Arup’s team will lead the delivery of the research into structural forces and stresses, and the Institute for Materials and Processes at the University of Edinburgh will, with three other partners, carry out the materials research. 

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RGU to outline energy career pathways at Nigeria and Ghana events

Robert Gordon University (RGU) will host a series of energy and engineering focused seminars in Ghana and Nigeria for prospective students who are keen to develop their careers or make a start in the oil and gas industry.

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Heriot-Watt University - And then there were eleven...

1.    Australian-based Exploration Company, Woodside Energy, has become the latest company to declare its support for the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil & Gas, bringing the total number of industrial core partners to eleven. Moreover, Woodside has backdated its support to the beginning of the scheme to mirror that of the other ten companies. 

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University of Glasgow - Gas ‘fingerprinting’ could help energy industry manage carbon dioxide storage

A new technique for monitoring carbon dioxide could help the energy industry’s efforts to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions, scientists have found.

In a new paper published in the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, researchers describe how they have used the unique signature from traces of the noble gases (helium, neon and argon) to monitor the fate of carbon dioxide stored underground. 

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Quest launch marks key milestone on path to low-carbon future

As Shell launches Canada’s second commercial-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, the Global CCS Institute’s (GCCSI) new report highlights the vital role of the technology in “bridging the gap” between international commitments to tackling climate change and the tangible actions that could keep global warming to within 2°C.

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Scottish Enterprise - Water Source Heat Pumps Challenge Fund

If you've got proposals for a water source heat pump project in Scotland the challenge fund could offer support of up to £2 million.

Water source heat pump projects have the potential to make a big contribution to the Scottish Government's commitment to decarbonising Scotland's energy system by 2050.

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Industry Partners wanted

The Wind and Marine Energy Systems Doctoral Training Centre is looking for industry partners to collaborate on both short (8weeks) and long (PhD 3years) projects.
To find out more contact drew.smith@strath.ac.uk

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RGU student named youngest ever winner of global energy competition

A Robert Gordon University (RGU) student has been crowned the youngest ever winner of a prestigious global energy competition in Paris.

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Getenergy special commendation award for RGU

Robert Gordon University (RGU) has received a special commendation at an international conference focused on higher education, training and research for the upstream oil and gas industry.

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Edinburgh Napier University spin-out lands 10,000 Euro cheque

Edinburgh Napier spin-out company Celtic Renewables has been named Europe’s most innovative biotech SME after producing the world’s first advanced biofuel, capable of powering vehicles, from the residues of whisky production.

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University of Dundee - Research project to lay foundations for offshore wind farms

The University of Dundee is to lead a major research project to determine whether cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and more effective foundations can be developed for the offshore renewables industry.

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St Anrews University - Spades of potential

Deputy First Minster John Swinney joined in the official start of construction work on the £25 million University’s green energy centre at Guardbridge this month (Monday 6 July 2015).

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Heriot Watt University - Twenty years and one million followers for the installer of the UK's first solar roof

The Heriot-Watt Low Carbon Building design specialist who installed the UK’s first ever Solar Roof, has celebrated twenty years for the roof and one million citizens living with solar roofs in the UK.

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Nuclear Supply Chain e-Bulletin

To read the latest monthly bulletin which helps keep you updated on relevant happenings in the nuclear sector, along with news about the Nuclear Supply Chain project (NSC2) click here.

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New Masters Programme to Target Innovation in the Oil and Gas Industry

A new masters degree programme is being launched to drive forward innovation in the oil and gas industry following collaboration between the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) and Scottish universities.

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Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC)

New Masters Programme to Target Innovation in the Oil and Gas Industry
A new masters degree programme is being launched to drive forward innovation in the oil and gas industry following collaboration between the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) and Scottish universities. The MSc in Oil & Gas Innovation will be coordinated by the University of Aberdeen and will initially be available through seven Scottish universities, with the first intake in January 2016.

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University of Strathclyde - Space technology “could reduce cost of renewable energy”

Space-based radar technology could be harnessed vby the renewable energy sector to drive down costs, according to academics at the University of Strathclyde.

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University of Glasgow - £1.4m grant for water, energy and food systems research

Scientists from the University of Glasgow are setting out to help the planet’s population meet its growing demands for water, energy and food.

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The Local Energy Challenge Fund

The second round of the Local Energy Challenge Fund is now OPEN to new applications.

The newest strand of CARES, the Local Energy Challenge Fund, has been created to demonstrate the value and benefit of local low carbon energy economies.

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Nuclear Supply Chain project (NSC2)

ETP is on the Steering Group for this new project. To read more please click here to view the latest newsletter.

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University of Edinburgh - Scholarships available now

The University of Edinburgh offer a range of scholarships for Master’s study (see http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2015/masters-funding-060315), including a number of SFC Highly Skilled Workforce awards.

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Robert Gordon University - European experts to look at ways of accelerating the approval of offshore energy projects

A team of European experts, led by Robert Gordon University (RGU), are to look at ways of accelerating and streamlining the environmental requirements associated with consents for offshore wind, wave and tidal projects.

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Heriot Watt University - Communities reap the rewards of locally-produced renewable energy thanks to smart technology

Hundreds of households have increased their use of local renewable energy by 20% thanks to a smart energy ‘hub’ that matches demand to availability.  Using this system supply can now be matched with demand, allowing communities to reap the rewards of renewable energy, especially where they own the power source.

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University of Strathclyde - Seeking companies to work with MSc students

The Sustainable Engineering postgraduate programme within the Engineering Faculty at the University of Strathclyde combines study in specialist, advanced engineering technologies underpinned with training in sustainability.

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Edinburgh Napier University - University pioneers green fuel cell on campus

​Edinburgh Napier University has struck a pioneering “green” deal which will cut CO2 emissions while driving down energy costs.

The property and facilities department has commissioned the installation of a fuel cell, a small highly efficient generator that converts natural gas to electricity and heat, at the university’s Merchiston campus.

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Heriot-Watt - Scientists unlocking oil reserves in the North Sea

Heriot-Watt researchers are a step closer to maximising oil reserves from the North Sea by developing methods that can more cleanly and cheaply extract valuable remaining oil from existing fields. The Centre for Enhanced Oil Recovery within the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt has been working on new technologies that could add decades to the life span of oil reservoirs in the North Sea and help secure the future of the oil industry in the region.

Read more at www.hw.ac.uk/news-events/news/heriot-watt-scientists-unlocking-oil-reserves-18619.htm

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University of Glasgow - Hydrogen production breakthrough could herald cheap green energy

Chemists from the University of Glasgow claim to have taken a major step forward in the production of hydrogen from water which could lead to a new era of cheap, clean and renewable energy. They report in a new paper in Science Today (Friday 12 September) on a new form of hydrogen production which they state is 30 times faster than the current state-of-the-art metho and solves common problems associated with generating electricity from renewable sources such as solar, wind or wave energy.Read more at www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_358595_en.html

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GCU funded by ETP for seaweed bio-fuels project

GCU is working to produce bio-fuels from seaweed

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Dr Alistair Sutherland has been awarded a research grant to work with Dunbar Marine Resources, a new SME set up by a Dunbar resident to develop potential uses for seaweed in the Dunbar area. With funding from the Energy Technology Partnership, an alliance of Scottish Universities in energy research, Dr Sutherland of the School of Health and Life Sciences and Dunbar Marine Resources are collaborating on a feasibility study using seaweed washed up on Dunbar’s East Beach to produce renewable bio-fuel and high value co-products.

Read more at www.gcu.ac.uk/newsroom/news/article/index.php

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Canada’s flagship CCS project on coal power ‘will create ripples worldwide’

It has been the most anticipated carbon capture and storage (CCS) project on the planet, and today it claims its place as the world’s first large-scale project to capture CO2 from a coal-fired power plant.

Boundary Dam is the flagship project of SaskPower, a Canadian utility company with around half a million customers across the province of Saskatchewan. The $1.35 billion project sees the integration of a coal-fired power unit with amine capture technology. The capture plant has, in fact, been capturing CO2 since late September, but today sees the start of operations to pipe the greenhouse gas to Cenovus Energy’s oilfields for use in enhanced oil recovery operations – thereby completing the CCS chain.

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RGU joins forces with IBM to boost smart data technology research

Robert Gordon University (RGU) is collaborating with global business and technology leader IBM to improve the research and development of smart data technology in the oil and gas sector.

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University of Strathclyde - New research aims to improve energy efficiency

The University of Strathclyde is one of six universities across the UK set to embark on a research programme aimed at gaining a fuller understanding of how energy is managed in the country’s offices, supermarkets and hospitals.

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The Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC)

The Oil and Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC), for which Heriot-Watt is the Administrative University and ETP is represented on the Board, has announced the appointment of Ian Phillips as the new Chief Executive. 

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GCU researchers transform light into low cost electricity

Researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) have developed a novel optical concentrator which, at a cost of just £1 each, can be used in windows to capture energy from the sun to generate electricity and ambient light within the home.

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ETP Collaborative Knowledge Exchange Project

The Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) has developed a collaborative knowledge exchange project involving 10 UK and Scottish SMEs operating in the wind sector.

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ETP - Innovation across Continents – new research collaborations in life science and energy

An ambitious project that aims to bring together the best life science and engineering research talent in Scotland and Hong Kong has taken a significant step forward.

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University of Strathclyde and New York University join in landmark research and academic partnership

The University of Strathclyde and New York University have cemented a flagship partnership, paving the way for a range of research and collaboration opportunities. 

Signed by John Sexton, President of New York University, and Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, the agreement is focused around five key themes in which the universities share strengths.

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Edinburgh Napier University - Spin-out company to test 'whisky-fuel' in Belgium

A SPIN-OUT company from Edinburgh Napier University’s Biofuel Resource Centre, is taking the next steps in plans to create a commercial fuel from whisky after attracting funding of more than £1m.

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University of Glasgow - Photosynthesis research project wins $14.4m funding from US Department of Energy

A research project aimed at understanding and learning from the natural process of photosynthesis to advance the development of clean energy has received further funding from the US Department of Energy totaling $14.4m.

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Strathclyde launches Oil & Gas Institute

A new institute dedicated to supporting the oil and gas sector – and helping companies compete internationally - will be launched at the University of Strathclyde today (Wed 25 April).

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University of Edinburgh - Test tank makes waves in marine energy

A world-class testing facility for marine energy devices has been inaugurated at the University.

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University of Strathclyde - Appointment to boost smart grid technology developments

  The University of Strathclyde and ScottishPower are set to advance smart grid technology in the UK and help put Scotland at the forefront of the latest research developments.

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SCCS statement on US emissions rules for coal power plants

Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) welcomes the announcement by the US administration on new rules to significantly curb carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan, released today, will seek to cut CO2 emissions from around 1,600 power plants by 30% by 2030.

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University of Strathclyde - Double nomination for Strathclyde in UK knowledge transfer showcase

Two Strathclyde initiatives have been shortlisted for national knowledge transfer awards.

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Heriot-Watt University - Oil and gas training centre welcomes £1m industry investment

Six of the oil industry’s biggest names have confirmed additional funding support for the new Heriot-Watt University-led Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas.

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Robert Gordon University - Funding secured for ground-breaking carbon dioxide recycling project

Professor Edward Gobina from Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) School of Engineering has been awarded C$500,000 by the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC) of Alberta, Canada for a research project which uses technology to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into useful chemical components.

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Scottish and Cypriot scientists forge link to study ‘new frontier’ of CO2 storage in eastern Mediterranean

Scientists from Scotland and Cyprus have formed a research partnership that could open up a new frontier for the storage of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, as part of a budding hydrocarbons industry in the eastern Mediterranean.

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University of the Hghlands & Islands - Study to look at impact of wind turbines on birds

A new study is to explore collision risk modelling to estimate the impact wind turbines can have on birds.

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Edinburgh Napier University - Boost for businesses turning waste into fuel

Plans to turn waste from Scotland’s food and drink, energy and chemicals businesses into fuel have been given a £500k boost.

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University of Aberdeen scientists join UK’s largest carbon capture and storage research partnership

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) researchers from the University of Aberdeen have joined Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS), the UK’s largest grouping of scientists engaged in the research and development of the climate mitigation technology.

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TSB energy systems catapult

With the consultation process almost complete, the Technology Strategy Board’s Energy Systems Catapult is set for launch in April 2015. This newest UK Catapult Centre will form part of a network of technology and innovation centres aiming to bridge the gap between businesses, academic, research and government, leveraging long-term investment to transform the UK’s ability to create new product and services. The creation of all the centres – which receive £10m a year from government and are expected to match fund with industry funding - represents an investment of £1bn.

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SCCS briefing: Europe must integrate CCS into 2030 climate and energy framework to regain lost momentum, other countries moving faster

Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) has today advised that the European Union must identify and propose quantifiable milestones for carbon capture and storage (CCS) as part of the new 2030 climate and energy framework.

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Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde - ScottishPower Foundation invests in talented students

Graduates from the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde are being given the opportunity to join a scholarship programme that will educate the industry leaders of the future.

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Heriot Watt University - Eco-villagers prepare for next stage of green energy research project

The Moray eco-village of The Park, Findhorn, is preparing for its part in the next stage of a £3.5million green energy research project which attempts to synchronise the demand for energy within the village to the availability of locally-generated electricity on a community scale.

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Robert Gordon University

Researchers from Robert Gordon University (RGU) will help lead an international conference this month examining how North Sea harbours can effectively harness smart energy solutions.

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New industry collaboration for Power Networks Demonstration Centre

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC), a venture between the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Power and Scottish and Southern Energy,  has boosted its collaboration with industry after signing an agreement with leading smart grid solutions company Locamation.

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University of Edinburgh -Tidal energy potential of firth revealed

A stretch of water off the north coast could provide enough energy to power about half of Scotland, engineers have found.

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Edinburgh Napier University - Climate change post for University expert

An Edinburgh Napier expert has been appointed to the group charged with ensuring Scotland meets its ambitious climate change targets.

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University of Aberdeen - Unmanned flying drones to help identify oil reserves

Unmanned flying drones are being used to recover more of the oil reserves from the North Sea and beyond by studying geology from the sky.

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Heriot Watt University - New training centre will create 90 oil and gas experts in the next six years

A new £8million national training centre will create dozens of experts in Geoscience and Environmental Science related to the oil and gas sector over the next six years.

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Strathclyde is No.1 for business collaborations

Strathclyde is Scotland’s top university for research partnerships with businesses, figures have shown.

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St Andrews- Plans £25million green energy centre

Backed by a £10 million grant from the Scottish Funding Council which is supporting carbon reduction schemes across Scottish Higher Education, the university proposes to generate power through clean biomass at Guardbridge and pump hot water 4 miles underground to St Andrews to heat and cool its labs and residences.

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Glasgow Caledonian University. New eco-friendly heating system.

New eco-friendly heating system to be used in teaching and research.

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SCCS partners in £1.5m research collaboration

A £1.5 million research collaboration is under way to investigate the fundamental processes involved in carbon dioxide injection and storage in sub-surface geological formations, and develop methodologies to support deployment of the climate change technology.

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New ETP Director appointed

The New Executive Director of ETP, Dr Barrie Shepherd,  starts 12 August 2013.

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Partnership is way forward

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New MSc in Wind Energy Systems launched by Strathclyde University

New for September 2013, the University of Strathclyde’s MSc in Wind Energy Systems offers ambitious engineering graduates a unique opportunity to accelerate their careers in the dynamic global wind energy industry.

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Energy Skills Scotland announced with double funding

A doubling of planned funding to improve oil and gas training facilities and develop other energy sector skills courses has been announced by the First Minister.

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Power Networks Demonstration Centre

Strathclyde University's  Power Networks Demonstration Centre has been opened by Scotland's First Minister. The PNDC aims to speed up the adoption of advanced technologies for the electricity sector.

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Scotland tops EU emissions reduction table

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First Minister welcomes sustainable energy collaboration

During a visit to Hanover, First Minister Alex Salmond met with the President of Lower Saxony David McAllister and his Cabinet. In his speech the First Minister encouraged Scotland and Lower Saxony to work together in driving forward a secure and sustainable energy sector across Europe.

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ETP responds to SFC Consultation: Development of a single Knowledge Exchange Office

ETP supports the proposal to develop a national KE Forum and agrees that this should focus on high level strategic issues and setting the overall policy landscape for KE in Scotland.

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North Sea countries forge alliance to build energy knowledge base

Scotland, Norway (Rogaland), Northern Germany (Ems-Achse) and Northern Netherlands (Energy Valley) have formed a unique alliance called ENSEA (European North Sea Energy Alliance) to develop knowledge of energy transition.

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Deputy First Minister Announces Saltire Prize Doctorate

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans for a Saltire Prize-sponsored doctorate to study how marine energy projects can be designed to maximise economic energy production while protecting the environment.

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