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Major investment to support over 300 Scottish businesses

23 March 2012
Scotland’s Energy Minister Fergus Ewing visited the University of Strathclyde this week to meet with key stakeholders in the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) as more than 300 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) get set to benefit from a £3 million investment.

The investment, that secures expert research and development support from leading universities in the ETP, is aimed at helping to create new products, services and generating new jobs under an energy and low carbon investment scheme.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish universities, the programme will assist to increase turnover at supported companies by £15 million.

Prof. Jim McDonald, ETP Chair and Principal, University of Strathclyde; Prof. Muffy Calder, Chief Scientific Adviser; Mr Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism; Mr Ian Marchant, Chief Executive, Scottish and Southern Energy and Chair, ETP Advisory Board. 

Mr Ewing said:“The ETP is helping us achieve our renewable energy ambitions and transform Scotland to a low carbon economy. Through collaboration, the ETP is pioneering the technologies that will power the 21st century.

“The new Knowledge Exchange Network will provide technical support and advice to Scottish companies on accessing funds and research facilities to develop and grow their business. That partnership will develop the skills, innovation and businesses of our future energy industry and I wish the Network every success.”

The ETP, an alliance of 12 Scottish universities, is one of the largest power and energy research networks in Europe with over 250 academics and 700 researchers. The funding will allow the development of the ETP’s Knowledge Exchange Network that provides technical support to industry, helping Scottish companies develop and grow their business.

Professor Jim McDonald, Chair of the Energy Technology Partnership and Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: “This is a significant investment for the ETP and it will provide an opportunity to build an exciting partnership to deliver energy and low carbon support to Scottish business.

“Scotland is at the forefront of energy research and development and our world-class research base will help us to pioneer the technologies that will power the 21st century. The ETP will help Scotland to achieve its renewable energy ambitions and accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy.”

Technology transfer and business development support will be provided to SMEs across ETP’s nine thematic areas: carbon capture and storage; marine energy; wind energy; grid and power networks; oil & gas diversification; solar energy; bio-energy; energy use in buildings; and energy conversion and storage. This project also includes investment in the Scottish Energy Laboratory, a network of test and demonstration facilities.

A team of energy professionals is now in place to support the technology development needs of Scottish businesses and is offering:

• Technical advice and support to help evaluate concepts and address gaps in expertise
• Access to academic expertise of the highest standard for guidance and support
• Assistance with identifying sources of funding for feasibility and development work
• Support in the development of joint industry and other collaborative projects
• Help with the identification of suitable test and demonstration facilities

Learn more about the Knowledge Exchange Network.

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