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Connect with industrial and academic partnerships with The Virtual Research & Innovation Hub @ All-Energy 2020

Meet the exciting projects from industrial and academic partnerships online

2020 was due to mark All-Energy’s 20th anniversary of running the UK’s leading and only full supply chain renewables and low carbon energy event. This year’s conference was also going to see The Research & Innovation Hub return to showcase exciting innovative collaborations between industry and academia who are working on cutting edge energy projects that support the transition to net zero.

While the conference has been postponed to 14-15 September due to COVID-19, you can still - virtually - meet the projects that were due to feature at The Research & Innovation Hub from the safety of your home.

Read on and find out more about the exciting collaborations taking place between industry and academia in Scotland and beyond to engage with them and potentially collaborate to help Scotland’s journey to a green recovery – they would be delighted to hear from you!



ETP increases SME capability in low carbon technical innovation and makes it easier for SMEs and universities to connect through the Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN). The KEN offers Scottish SMEs access to resources, including project funding to work with Scottish universities on low-carbon innovation projects through the ETP Industry Engagement Fund. The organisation has a team of Business Development Managers who work across seven energy thematic areas and who can provide a consultancy service on how to access further grant funding and how to submit a successful application.

ETP is the Scottish academic research pool in energy, an autonomous alliance of 13 Scottish universities providing world-class capability and resources in energy research, design & development.

To find out more about the ETP Industry Engagement Fund and to apply click here or contact them here. You can follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn to keep up with the latest events and news for the low carbon energy sector in Scotland

Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS)

The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland brings researchers, regulators, conservation bodies, and industry representatives together to enable collaboration and knowledge sharing within the scientific community, and to engage widely with stakeholders across the marine renewable energy industry.

Their Marine Energy Forum is the driving force for marine renewable energy research and knowledge exchange within the MASTS community. The MASTS Marine Energy Forum focuses primarily on the interactions between renewable energy development and the marine environment, with the aim of delivering scientifically excellent and internationally leading research to support a sustainable offshore renewable energy industry.

MASTS is a consortium of organisations engaged in marine science and represents the majority of Scotland’s marine science research capacity.

If you would like to find out more about MASTS, please visit their website or contact them here. You can also find them on Twitter to keep up to date with their latest developments.


Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC)

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre shape the future of energy networks by connecting stakeholders through every stage of the innovation process. They have a unique facility which enables highly realistic and accelerated technology testing alongside a rich portfolio of research programmes across the full Smart Grid domain. It enables companies to develop, test and demonstrate products and solutions in a real distribution network environment.

PNDC is a venture founded by government, industrial and academic partners with the aim of accelerating the adoption of innovative research and technologies from early stage research into business as usual adoption by the electricity industry.

To find out more about PNDC, visit their website or contact them here. They are also active on Twitter and LinkedIn


Renewable Engine

Renewable Engine is cross-border Research & Innovation project aimed at facilitating direct knowledge transfer and technology development within the Advanced Manufacturing and Renewable Energy sectors. They also co-ordinate an international board of renewable energy stakeholders to drive innovative forward-looking applied industrial research and initiate policy dialogue.

Their research themes focus on Energy Generation, Energy Storage and Innovative Enabling Technologies. This project delivers dedicated research support to industry, bridging the innovation gap typically observed between academic and commercial entities.

Renewable Engine exists across the region of Northern Ireland, Border Region of Ireland and Western Scotland and is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme. The partnership includes; the Advanced Forming Research Centre, South West College, Queen’s University Belfast, IT Sligo, Action Renewables, Manufacturing Northern Ireland and Mid Ulster District Council.

To find out more about Renewable Engine and to find out how to collaborate, please visit their website or contact them here. Keep up with their latest developments via Twitter.


Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub (Supergen ORE Hub)

The Supergen ORE Hub provide research leadership to connect academia, industry, policy and public stakeholders, inspire innovation and maximise societal value in offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.

The Supergen ORE Hub is based at the University of Plymouth and is part of the wider Supergen Programme funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

To find out more about this project, please visit their website or contact them here. You can also keep up with their latest news on social media.


Synaptec and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC)

Synaptec and OREC have joined forces to launch the REACTION project to support the development of the formers RefaseTM technology. RefaseTM is a game-changing technology that utilises existing optical fibre networks to transfer various electrical parameters that electricity network operators require for primary and ancillary monitoring functions.

Synaptec reduces power transmission, distribution and renewable generation costs by reducing outages, preventing damage, and minimizing civil works. They provide unique measurement and analysis solutions, based on our patented technologies, that utilise new or existing optical fibres to enhance network monitoring, stability, and protection. Their project partner, ORE Catapult are the UK’s leading technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy.

To find out more about the REACTION project, please visit this webpage. You can find out more about Synaptec here or ORE Catapult here.


If you are interested in booking a pod at The Research & Innovation Hub at All-Energy 2020 taking place on 14-15 September at the SECC in Glasgow, please contact ETP.


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