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.


Symposium on Application of Computed Tomography in Earth, Material & Engine...

Date: 30th May (13:00-18:00)

Location: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

COMPμTε is focused on research in earth and material sciences, and is open for collaboration and/or service from any industrial or scientific background. They would like to celebrate the one year anniversary COMPμTε by holding a mini-symposium focusing on the most recent developments and applications of X-CT in earth sciences, engineering and material sciences.






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.


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.






Westminster Energy, Environment & Trasnport 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.


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





Nuclear Supply Chain Project: Meet-The-Buyer

Date: 21st June 2017

Location: Doubltree Dunblane Hydro Hotel

Supported by Scottish Enterprise, this event is in its 6th year and will include keynote presentations by NDA and NIA, a business exhibition, networking and pre-booked 1:1 meetings with buying organisations. It presents an unrivalled opportunity to meet senior decision-makers and make real progress with the nuclear industry.

It is anticipated there will be

    - 45 exhibitors
    - 20 key buyers

...and up to 200 attendees





Understanding Domestic Micro-renewables: Installation and Use of Heating Technologies

Date: 13th June 2017

Location: Edinburgh

With gas and electricity prices rising, increasing numbers of householders are considering renewable heating technologies, turning their homes into mini-power stations to cut bills and carbon emissions. The aim of this one-day event is to focus on the everyday experience of living with these types of technology. This event will enable different policy-makers, practitioners and academics to share and learn about experiences of working in the sector.



SRPe Conference: Digital Manufacturing Demystified for SMEs

Date: 23rd May 2017

Location: Inchinnan, Glasgow

Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe) Conference. Manufacturing companies are continually bombarded with terms such as The Fourth Industrial Revolution, Industry 4.0, Digital Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing, Cloud Manufacturing and the Internet of Things. The conference will break through the hype to describe and demonstrate the technologies, which are driving digital manufacturing. Affecting all manufacturing sectors, you will see how these technologies will impact and transform your business in the short and medium term.



Scottish Renewables Solar Conference and Exhibition 2017

Date: 6th September

Location: Edinbrugh

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.



Innovation in Gasification & CHP Technology (I-GATE) Event

Date: 23rd May

Location: University of Glasgow

Attendees will include experts from industries and universities working in gasification and combined heat and power (CHP) technologies.

The day covers knowledge exchange, technical discussion and presentation, technology demonstration and workshop activities. It will highlight funding opportunities and new partnership development.


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.





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.





FW: Innovation in Gasification & CHP Technology (I-GATE) Event

Date: Tuesday 23rd May
Location: University of Glasgow

Attendees will include experts from industries and universities working in gasification and combined heat and power (CHP) technologies.

The day covers knowledge exchange, technical discussion and presentation, technology demonstration and workshop activities. It will highlight funding opportunities and new partnership development.





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.





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.


Exploiting the Commercial Opportunities Offered By the Energy Transition

Date: 23rd May / 25th May 2017

Location: Birmingham / London

The Energy Systems Catapult is already collaborating with industry on energy transition thought leadership and commercial opportunity projects, to work with industry to deliver even greater impact and value.
Through a series of invitation only workshops they are seeking to engage senior industry, Government and academia colleagues to discuss and understand how they can help to exploit the commercial opportunites offered by the energy transition. The workshop will consist of facilitated discussions and Q&A sessions with senior Catapult staff, as well as networking opportunities with peers across the energy community.





AIMDay Energy

Date: June 27th 2017

Location: University of Edinburgh

AIMday® Energy is a meeting focused on identifying opportunities for innovation between companies/organisations and researchers in one hour workshops. The meeting brings new perspectives to industry challenges by matching them with multi-disciplinary research expertise.

Knowledge available will range from Low Carbon Energy sources (including wind, wave, tidal, solar, hydrogen, nuclear, and biomass) through to Oil and Gas and offshore decommissioning.





STFC Batteries Annual Meeting 2017

Date: 31st May-1st June

Location: Abington

Building on the successful combination of high quality talks and a relaxed, collaborative environment, they once again aim to bring together the best researchers from the UK and further afield in the area of electrochemical energy research.





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.





LCITP – Innovative Local Energy Systems Call - Workshops

Date: Various throughout May

Location: Various

As you may be aware, the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme has launched an invitation to apply for funds to support the Innovative Local Energy Systems (ILES) Call. This has been designed to support and accelerate the development and delivery of innovative, local low carbon energy opportunities across Scotland. In particular, it aims to support solutions in rural and remote parts of Scotland, smaller towns and settlements, and areas that are off gas grid.
As part of the call being launched, the LCITP team are hosting several information workshops throughout Scotland. For more information, click here.





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.





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.






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.






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.





ETP Emporium Event 2017

Date: 31st May 2017

Location: Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

The ETP and sister Research Pools have a decade of experience in developing and representing academic research excellence in the energy sector. By engaging with industry (including trade bodies), and public sector bodies during the course of this event, we will demonstrate the capabilities of academia, and identify avenues of cooperation that will support the development of the draft Energy Strategy.

The event will be based around 8 sessions. Each session will produce a statement identifying the RDD required to deliver the strategy, and the avenues of potential collaboration across sectors.





Energy Conversation Series: Conversation 4

Date: Tuesday 23rd May

Location: TBC

The Centre for Energy Policy present: the Energy Conversation series. This is a series of four events which will ask the difficult questions around evolving UK and Scottish Energy strategy.Energy Conversation 4: Anyone out there know how to deliver a low carbon energy system? Chaired by Alf Young.





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.





Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland Workshop

Date: 23rd May 2017 (register interest of attendance before 15th April 2017)

Location: Edinburgh, The Melting Pot

The MASTS Oil and Gas Environmental Research Forum is sponsoring a one-day workshop to review the environmental issues and knowledge gaps relating to the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas platforms and the OSPAR 98/3 decision. The output from the workshop will inform a MASTS position paper, which will be used to advise decommissioning policy, highlight knowledge gaps and direct future environmental research.






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.



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.





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.






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.





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.





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.





Low Carbon Scotland 2017

Date: 23rd May 2017

Location: Edinburgh, Our Dynamic Earth

Low Carbon Scotland 2017 Driving the transition to a zero carbon economy is a unique conference that will address Scotland’s current carbon position and allow delegates to hear from those leading and driving the policies and proposals. One of the main focuses of the conference is to discuss how public sector can reduce their carbon emissions, the current situation will be highlighted and a discussion surrounding how this can be improved and delivered will play an imperative part within the conference with some world leading technologies & innovations of best practice to be showcased to the delegation.





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.





Priorities For The New Energy Strategy In Scotland

Date: Wednesday 14th June 2017, Morning

Location: Edinburgh Central

This timely seminar will be an opportunity to discuss the new Scottish energy strategy, as the Scottish Government considers responses to the consultation on its proposals.

It includes an address from Chris Stark, Director of Energy and Climate Change, The Scottish Government and the agenda has been structured to bring out view on key priorities for the shaping of Scotland's energy system, and issues for implementation, in order to meet the new 50% renewables target of 2030. 





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.





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





University of Edinburgh: Solar Power Plan to Purify Water in India

A solar-powered purification system could provide remote parts of India with clean drinking water for the first time.

Researchers at Edinburgh are developing low-cost, low-energy technology to decontaminate sewage water in villages. Chemists and engineers are using state-of-the-art solar energy and water filtration technologies to develop the simple systems. The initiative will not only provide safer drinking water, but could also help reduce the spread of disease, researchers say.





SR Hydro Conference and Exhibition: Scottish Renewables

Date: Tuesday 6th June 2017

Location: Perth, Perth Concert Hall

At this year’s conference, the policy landscape facing the industry today will be assessed there will be discussion of the strategy for ensuring hydropower remains at the heart of Scotland’s energy system, delivering renewable power from the glens to the grid.

There will be the chance to hear from senior figures in government, industry and academia, and to set out your views. The conference will seek to shape the future of hydro in Scotland.





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.


  •     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




SR Solar Conference 2017: Scottish Renewables

Date: Wednesday 6th September 2017

Location: Edinburgh, 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.





SR Storage and Systems Conference 2017: Scottish Renewables

Date: Wednesday 21st June 2017

Location: Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University

ETP will be in attendance when Scottish Renewables Storage & Systems Conference returns for its second year; bringing government, industry leaders, and network companies together to consider the impacts and opportunities arising from the transition to a ‘smart, flexible energy system’.

Join this conference to hear from experts on energy systems and storage on how we can ensure a bright future for renewables and create Scotland’s energy system of tomorrow, today.





SR Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2017: Scottish Renewables

Date: 25th May 2017

Location: Glasgow, Glasgow Science Centre

Scottish Renewables launch an evening of recognition, reward and celebration, sponsored by ScottishPower Renewables. At ETP, we are happy to sponsor this year's Academic Award.

Renewable energy is one of Scotland’s proudest environmental and economic success stories. This event will bring the industry together to celebrate and recognise those who will be driving Scotland’s energy evolution in future. 





SR Onshore Wind Conference: Scottish Renewables

Date: Tuesday 20th June 2017

Location: Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University

ETP will be present at the SR Onshore Wind Conference & Exhibition, 2017. As the Scottish Government challenges industry to make Scotland home to the UK’s first commercial wind farm without subsidy, join this conference Glasgow to hear from leaders across industry, government and key stakeholders on how onshore wind can secure a sustainable, long term future.





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.





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.


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.





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.





Wind Energy - New Business Development manager

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





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.





ETP Project Manager

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


New ETP Project Manager

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


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


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. 


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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.



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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


University of Edinburgh - Scholarships available now

The University of Edinburgh offer a range of scholarships for Master’s study (see, including a number of SFC Highly Skilled Workforce awards.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.




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


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.



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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.            




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.


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.



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.


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.


Strathclyde is No.1 for business collaborations

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


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.


Glasgow Caledonian University. New eco-friendly heating system.

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


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.


New ETP Director appointed

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


Partnership is way forward


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.


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.


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.


Scotland tops EU emissions reduction table


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.


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.


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.


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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