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BLOG: ETP goes to the Isle of Lewis to support the development of innovative new technologies for the energy sector

Norman Morrison, the Marine Energy Business Development Manager, and Laura Finlay, the Energy Efficiency in Buildings Business Development Manager for the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) recently visited the Isle of Lewis to meet stakeholders to discuss how they can increase engagement and exchange knowledge with ETP.

ETP is committed to supporting the low carbon energy community throughout all of Scotland’s wide geographic regions. With the Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) coming on board as a key funder within our Knowledge Exchange Network III (KEN III) it provides an excellent opportunity to engage with all areas within the HIE remit to make the Highlands and Islands a highly successful and competitive region in which an increasing number of people choosing to live, work, study and invest there. ETP is already underway to work towards this ambition with KEN II funding four projects led by Lews Castle College, University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI) who are continuing to collaborate with SMEs from across Scotland, including the Highlands and Islands region to develop innovative new technologies for the low carbon energy industry in Scotland.

Laura and Norman met with Kenny Beaton, the Energy Innovation Support Manager and Alasdair MacLeod, academic specialist in Renewable Energy from Lews Castle College, UHI Isle of Lewis campus. They met in the college’s hydrogen laboratory where they found out about the exciting work that the campus Innovation Centre is carrying out and other energy related research projects and collaborations.

The Business Development Managers spent the following day meeting with representatives from Hebridean Seaweed, Wind Swept & Interesting and Greenspace Live to discuss a number of opportunities  which will work towards future decarbonisation within Scotland. The trip was rounded off with a meeting at the Stornoway Highlands & Islands Enterprise office, meeting the teams working on Business Growth, Strengthening Communities, Marine Energy & Emerging Technologies, as well as Business Gateway and Wave Energy Scotland.

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