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.


Hydrogen and Fuel Cells: Gearing Up for Commercialisation

Date: 13th March 2018

Location: Birmingham

The conference will be focusing on the commercialisation of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell technology across all aspects including transport, - public, private and commercial, small and large scale stationary and portable applications, hydrogen production, infrastructure, storage and use in grid balancing.

They will be looking to work closely with Sponsors, Speakers and Exhibitors to attract a wide audience to encourage all those in the energy market and those responsible for associated policy to join those already in the sector to understand how this technology fits into the future energy mix.


Electricity System Change: Flexibility and Costs

Date: 10th January 2018

Location: Glasgow, University of Strathclyde

The electricity system’s technology has already changed substantially and that change is accelerating. Is the engineering of the system, and the associated commercial and regulatory mechanisms keeping pace to ensure reliable future operation at a manageable cost?

1.    Managing changes to the system’s characteristics: what is the cost of intermittency and are changes needed to the ancillary services that are bought and the way they are procured?
2.    System resilience: what new reliability risks are we facing and how can their impacts be contained and recovered from?
3.    Enabling distributed energy resources (DER): what challenges and opportunities does DER introduce for operation of the whole electricity system? How should institutional arrangements between transmission and distribution change?
4.    A panel discussion: what should be the next steps to enabling a safe, affordable electricity system transition?
5.    Networking and drinks reception from 17.00



Hybrid and Integrated Energy Storage

Date: 18th December 2017

Location: The Shard, London

This seminar and discussion panel will bring people together to explore combinations/integrations of energy storage with generation and consumption. Energy Storage (ES) is seen as one of the key sources to provide flexibility in the electricity system and this area became a hot topic recently. ES is also considered as the main solution for secure power system operation with integrated intermittent ‘green power sources’, like wind and solar. Event organisers are hoping for serious discussions aiming to affect UK government policy, kickstart demonstration projects and and galvanise technology developers.


University of Strathclyde's report into why wave energy needs a coherent strategy to succeed

Strathclyde University and Imperial College London investigate how wave energy can play a part in the energy of the future and where it has fallen short to date. Their report follows a wealth of research and opens up interesting points of discussion. Wave energy has huge potential and, by learning from its mistakes, it can move positively forward despite any obstacles that lare likely to arise.


Energy Systems Study Group with Industry

Date: 8th - 10th January 2018

Location: Brighton

This three day session, run by KTN and the University of Sussex, will be an intense problem solving activity with some of Britain’s best mathematical scientists tackling some of the hardest problems in the energy systems industry. It wants to identify problems across the energy systems area – from storage, network supply, integration and more.


Using Scotland's Circular Economy to Turn Innovation Into Growth

Date: 22nd March 2018

Location: Edinburgh

Elements of energy necessarily come into play towards a broader Zero Waste initiative.

This conference will examine the strategic framework for the circular economy and four exemplar areas in which Scottish circular economy developments are building pathways to growth opportunities.
•    Do you have a clear understanding of Scotland's circular economy strategy?
•    Do you know the core areas for its development and growth?
•    Do you know how to support, fund and protect circular economy initiatives?
•    Do you understand the opportunities it provides for both the public and private sectors?


The mathematics of the design, management and control of hierarchical energy networks

Date: 16-17 January 2018

Location: Edinburgh

Future energy networks will be characterised by much greater variability and uncertainty: inputs to electricity networks from renewable and solar generation are naturally highly intermittent, while new patterns of demand, e.g. that required for the recharging of electric vehicles, are likely to be variable and are currently not well understood.  Against this, there are significant new technologies available for the management of future systems. These include the management of demand, storage, generation and the networks themselves. 

Future systems will therefore require more dynamic management and control.  Much of this will happen at distribution level, where there will be major issues of design and operation. Furthermore, while networks are likely to remain hierarchical with separate responsibilities for management at transmission and distribution levels, there will be a need for an integrated approach to the operation of entire systems.


FCH-JU Traineeship

The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) operates a traineeship programme. The programme gives trainees an understanding of the FCH 2 JU and its role within the activities of the European Union, enables them to acquire practical knowledge of the FCH 2 JU and its regulatory framework and to obtain professional experience in the course of their work. The deadline for this is the 19th November 2017.

The trainee will have an opportunity to
- Work in a multicultural and multilingual environment, contributing to the development of mutual understanding, trust and tolerance.
- Put into practice knowledge acquired during their studies, particularly in their specific areas of competence.
- Experience the professional life and its constraints, duties and opportunities.
- Acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of an EU organisation in an international environment


Call for Papers: SEEP 2018

From now until 31st January 2018, submit your papers to be included in SEEP 2018: The 11th Annual Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Protection. It provides a forum for researchers and academics as well as industry within the scope of the conference subjects.

Papers dealing with one or more of the following topics will be considered for the conference:
Biomass Conversion, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology, Hydrogen Economic & Investments, Photovoltaic Technology, Solar Thermal Applications, Marine/Ocean Energy, Wind Energy & Applications, Technical Developments in Vehicles, Engines and Equipment, Fuelling Technology (Diesel, CNG, LPG), Modelling and Simulation, New Concepts including LNG, Biogas, Hydrogen, Electrical & Hybrid Drive Systems, Energy Storage, Supercapacitorsand Applications, Policies & Regulations, Codes & Standards, Economic Aspects, Road Management, Marketing Strategies, Environment Management, Environmental Issues including: Air Pollution, water and Water Management, Waste Management, Climate Change, Health and Environment, Customer and Society Satisfaction, Materials and Fuel Developments, Including: Nano-technologies, Light weight structures,Bio-composite materials, Fuel Cell Materials, Membranes, Sensor Technologies, Combustion.



Date: 1st & 2nd February 2018

Location: Glasgow

DATA.SPACE 2018 will showcase space-enabled data sources alongside the application of this data to solve commercial and societal challenges. Themed around the platforms space-enabled data uses and enables, DATA.SPACE 2018 provides the Global forum to identify & discuss the solutions this data and these platforms provide.


Next steps for a smart and flexible electricity network in the UK

Date: 12th December 2017

Location: London

This seminar will discuss policy priorities, and regulatory challenges, for establishing a smart electricity network in the UK.
It will bring together stakeholders with key policymakers to examine the Government’s Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan, including its proposals to reduce barriers to increasing energy storage capacity, and to put homes and businesses in greater control of energy usage - with the aim of reducing overall costs. It will also be an opportunity to discuss the Government’s recent announcement - in the Clean Growth Strategy - to invest £265 million into smart systems between 2015 and 2021.


IBioIC - Invitation to Join the Governing Board

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) is looking for up to four additional Industrial representatives to volunteer to join its Governing Board from January 2018.

IBioIC is in process of securing its second phase of funding reflecting even greater ambition, putting Scotland firmly on the global map as the place to develop and exploit Industrial Biotechnology. Those who are interested in joining the board are encouraged to find out more about IBioIC and its activities at


SR Low-carbon Cities Conference 2018

Date: 20th February 2018

Location: Edinburgh

Scottish Renewables’ second Low-Carbon Cities Conference will explore the technologies and innovations which are being used to modernise our cities, examine the lessons which have been learned to date from these initiatives and look at future opportunities for keeping costs and carbon emissions low.


ETP features in October's M&IT

ETP is amongst the industry hubs celebrated in this month's M&IT.

At Strathclyde University, October's focus was on the revitalisation that research hubs, such as ETP, are affording manufacturing and heavy engineering cities. It is time to take stock of the advances that are being made and our very own executive director, Stephen-Mark Williams, commented on the acclaimed Technology Innovation Emporium 2017 that took place at the University of Strathclyde in May.


ETP-Funded Study Finds Derelict Land Use to Alleviate Fuel Poverty

An ETP-funded research project has published findings that vacant land could be used to alleviate fuel poverty by developing it into a source of renewable energy. When this land is close to social housing, low-carbon heat could be generated using ground source heat pumps and hypothetically meet the demands of all properties in fuel poverty. All that is needed is renewable energy technology installation.


The Scottish Green Energy Awards: ETP's Professor Leithead Nominated

Congratulations to our Wind Energy theme coordinator, Professor William Leithead, who has been nominated for the 'Contribution to Skills Award' at The Green Energy Awards. Scottish Renewables hold this event yearly and it is always a night of celebration and networking.


Wave Energy Scotland Shapes Future Innovation calls

Wave Energy Scotland is seeking to invest up to £320k ex VAT on 4 short projects that will help shape their future research and development programmes. The first two contracts will involve evaluating the innovation landscape to find the most economic electrical connection solutions and the most cost-effective foundations and moorings. Usually these systems in a wave device can amount to as much as a quarter of the capital costs so reducing these costs is of paramount importance. The remaining two contracts will involve ‘horizon scanning’ to understand opportunities in very large scale wave energy converters and alternative generation techniques.  The appointed project teams will likely be looking to other sectors and to the specific characteristics of wave energy generation to find the best opportunities for innovation and cost reduction.


Alex Salmond to Address Renewables Conference at Dundee University

On 1st December 2017, a 'Renewables After Brexit' event will take place at the University of Dundee, organised by the University’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy (CEPMLP). Former First Minister Alex Salmond will deliver a keynote speech and other speakers will also be in attendance. 


Delivering the Clean Growth Plan: Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

Date: 14th March 2018

Location: London

This one-day conference will explore the how the UK can decarbonise across domestic heat, transport, and energy intensive industries in line with the government’s Clean Growth Plan due to be published, Autumn 2017.

It will explore how hydrogen fuel cell and carbon capture storage technology can help the UK reduce its carbon emissions across four key areas – Managing energy demands in line with policy commitments; Domestic heat, Industrial Emissions; and Transport.


Energy Storage and Connected Systems (ESCS)

Date: 6th & 7th February 2018

Location: Olympia Central, London

The "Energy Storage and Connected Systems" (ESCS) event focuses on EVs, energy storage and the increasingly clever systems that join them together.

Over 400+ like-minded and high-level decision makers and industry specialists will be available for networking opportunities in:
•    Batteries, battery packs, battery management systems
•    Battery testing, inspection, safety
•    Charging technologies and devices
•    Connected smart systems
•    Electric vehicles
•    Energy storage - manufacturing equipment, materials and components
•    Fuel cells
•    Power to gas (methane, hydrogen, electrolysis, infrastructure)
•    Redox flow cells
•    Other energy storage methods (Capacitors, Flywheels, CAES)


Call for Innovation: Energy Innovation Centre

Due to the increased demand for gas to power, this call for innovation seeks potential solutions for whole system dynamic analysis, to provide an intergrated modelling approach to assess the impact on gas demand profiling, including distributed electricity generation, across all pressure tiers.

The networks wish to have the ability to quickly assess the impact of this changing demand type and profile on both below and above 7bar systems, using a single modelling tool, without the need for major software development.


Scottish Renewables Offshore Wind Conference, Exibition and Dinner

Date: 29th-30th January 2018

Location: Glasgow

2017 has been a landmark year for Scotland’s offshore wind sector. Scottish Renewables are running the 2018 Conference to facilitate discussion, innovation and networking. Beatrice – one of the largest private infrastructure projects ever developed in Scotland - and Statoil’s world-leading Hywind which will soon become a reality off the coast of Peterhead, indicate 2018 will be one of intense activity. Discuss, debate and influence the decisions taken to benefit the sector; hear about the latest UK and Scottish Government policy; meet with others in the sector to network and share ideas.

*Discount rate available for Students & Academics at ETP Universities £45+VAT for the conference only. To claim the discount please email Lisa Russell with your name, institution, postal address and phone number*


Offshore Floating Wind

Just off the coast of Peterhead, floating wind turbines can now be seen in a world first. From a Norwegian oil company, they are fixed to the seabed and herald an innovative approach. 


Offshore Renewable Energy Supergen Hub

The Offshore Renewable Energy Supergen Hub has recently been created by EPSRC and is led by Professor Deborah Greaves, Head of the School of Engineering and Director of the COAST (Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport) Laboratory at the University of Plymouth. A six month Engagement Project is running from July to December 2017 in order to build a consortium and develop the R&D strategy and forward programme.


New ETP Theme

ETP is proud to launch it's 12th Theme of Economy, Society and Policy, with Karen Turner from University of Strathclyde taking up the role of Theme Coodinator.



PhD Opportunity: Bioprospecting and synthetic biology for novel microbial pigments

PhD position University of Glasgow and SAMS Oban: Open until 7th August 2017
Bioprospecting and synthetic biology for novel microbial pigments based on Raman spectroscopy-guided single cell sorting

Pigments have many applications in the pharma- and nutra-ceutical industry. The oceans offer a largely untapped, sustainable resource for novel pigments. Marine cyanobacteria have evolutionary adapted to a wide range of niches in the seabed, resulting in strain-specific pigment palettes that optimally harvest the available photosynthetic wavelengths while protecting the cells against photo-damage. Microbial bioprospecting is a promising route to expand product diversity in the high-value market (carotinoids and phycobilins).
The aims of this project are to:
1. identify cyanobacterial strains in Scottish coastal waters that produce novel pigments,
2. identify the genes that underpin pigment production in the natural strains,
3. transfer them to a fast-growing lab strain for pathway optimization.


Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Energy Summit

Date: 24-25th January 2018

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Key Topics:
•Overview of the actual hydrogen
and fuel cells market.
•Latest technologies involved
in the renewable sources.
•Policy and regulations.
•Power-to-gas solutions,
•Decarbonisation of the energy sector.
•Hydrogen storage improvements.
•Security aspects in hydrogen. production,storage & distribution.
•Monetisation advice and partnerships.
•Hydrogen mobility applications.
•Integration and standards.


Wave Energy Scotland Knowledge Library Launched

This provides an opportunity and platform for the WES programme to showcase the work which the have supported over the last two and a half years. Through the sharing of this information, they are encouraging collaboration and ensuring that the lessons learned can be used for the benefit of the wider wave energy sector, which helps meet a number of the WES objectives.

Over the coming months they will be releasing additional details and documentation on our other calls, and previous research in the wave energy sector in Scotland.
For further information and to register visit this link.


The potential for reusing electric car batteries to power the home

Powervault and Renault have come to work together to pilot a project whereby electric car batteries could be used to power the home. The trial will take place over the next year with the potential for exciting outcomes.

Powervault are also using Solar PV to allow individuals to take control of their energy consumption by utilising freely-generated solar energy and off-peak electricity. Electricity bills may drop by uip to 20%. 


Public Consultation on Proposed Climate Change Bill

The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation on proposals for a new Climate Change Bill.  The closing date for responses is 22 September 2017.


Uk Energy Innovation Award Shortlist Revealed

For the eighth UK Energy Innovation Awards, excitement is mounting after the shortlist of finalists have been revealed. As EIC’s managing director, Denise Massey, chair of the judging panel said, "The fact that growing numbers of SMEs are engaging with the awards process is testament to this and adds a heightened level of competition into the event. It is also proof of the huge value our innovation community brings to the sector."  

This will be hosted by Jason Bradbury, presenter of The Gadget Show, in Liverpool on 28th September 2017.


Strathclyde University: Combined Heat and Power District Energy Network

This £20 million initiative will revolutionise Strathclyde campus’ energy production and efficiency, enabling them to drive down our carbon emissions and create financial savings which can be re-invested in the University.

Sixteen buildings across campus will be connected, with an energy centre as a central hub. The energy centre will also offer demonstration space to enable staff, students and visitors to see how the state-of-the-art system works.



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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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