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How the Scottish research pool for energy supports Scotland’s vision to move to a low-carbon society

Scotland’s energy system has undergone a radical transformation over the past decade. In support of all the people that have helped achieve it, and the first Scottish Renewables Energy Festival, ETP, the Scottish academic research pool in energy shares how it supports the innovation of sustainable energy technology and systems.

The Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) is committed to supporting the sustainable energy community in Scotland. We mainly do this through our 3 core areas of work; building a community of researchers whose goal is social and economic development; the KEN Engagement Fund which provides funding to Scottish SMEs for the development of sustainable technology and systems; and our Energy Industry Doctorate Programme.

ETP facilitates academic and industry collaboration through the Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN). Scottish SMEs working in low carbon technology development may be eligible for up to £10k of funding. Recently, a previous recipient of the KEN Engagement Fund, Orkney Distillery ‘HySpirits’ project, which aims to provide environmentally friendly heat during distillation, were awarded further funding from the UK government to make the project a reality, which will result in making their industrial process cleaner by lowering emissions. Over the past eight years we have awarded over £1 million funding for new product and process innovations that provide a sustainable future. If you’re an innovator looking for funding for low carbon technology, please get in touch.

In addition to supporting the development of green innovation, ETP has awarded over £3 million to over 100 PhDs since 2010. Each PhD project is sponsored by industrial companies, where students undertake research in support of the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy, which aims to support the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Post-graduate students across 13 of ETP’s member universities are given an opportunity to focus on specific energy technologies such as tidal energy or bio-mass and cross-cutting themes such as energy economics, policy and energy systems while working with an industrial partner. To date, over 70 students have graduated from the programme, many of whom are working with their former sponsor company.

ETP PhD students will be presenting their research at the ETP Annual Conference 2019 where they will be joined by their industrial sponsors on 14 November in Dundee: this event is perfect opportunity to network with the early career researchers who are at the forefront of making a low carbon future a reality. Stephen-Mark Williams, Executive Director for ETP said:

“Our 8th Annual Conference will be demonstrating the ways the academic sector is supporting the development of clean energy and moving towards a low-carbon society. This event is a great opportunity to find out about the innovative low carbon research that is taking place in Scotland and explore further opportunities.”

The ETP Annual Conference 2019 is taking place in Dundee on 14 November 2019, register free here:


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