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GBP 10m funding to develop green technologies in Scotland

Energy projects will include technology transfer in wind, marine and biofuel development

Wind energy will be a major focus of the GBP 10m R&D projects in Scotland
Wind energy will be a major focus of the GBP 10m R&D projects set to benefit businesses in Scotland

Wind energy is one of many renewables sectors that will be the focus of GBP 10m R&D projects set to benefit businesses in Scotland. Scottish businesses are to benefit from the investment in expert research and development support from leading universities and colleges under an energy and low carbon investment scheme. Other project focus includes marine, grid and storage and bioenergy.

Six innovative projects are being funded to support up to 1,000 small and medium sized businesses across Scotland with the development of low carbon technologies, products and services.

The six projects will be open to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in a wide range of sectors including renewable energy. All of the projects will support technology development, emissions reduction and Scotland’s ambitions as a low carbon economy.

They include the ETP Knowledge Exchange Network project, which will look at technology transfer and business development support to SMEs across renewable energy sectors. This includes carbon capture and storage, marine energy, wind energy, grid and power networks, solar energy, bioenergy, energy conversion and storage.

The Energy Technology Centre: Accelerated Renewables Development project aims to build on the successful establishment and operation of Scotland’s Energy Technology Centre (ETC). It will focus on providing specialist offshore wind and marine component sub-system test and demonstration services, while also addressing challenges within other renewable energy technologies.

Meanwhile, the National Biofuel Resource Centre, which will support Scottish businesses to identify access and apply biofuel as a real solution to minimising their waste disposal costs, while introducing new revenue streams through bio-fuel production.

Announcing the scheme, John Swinney, cabinet secretary for finance and sustainable Growth, said: “I am delighted to launch these six projects, which promise to deliver jobs and growth for our economy, helping small and medium sized businesses develop low carbon technologies.

“These projects are strong on their own, but by working together they promise to deliver even greater impact. Collectively they form a comprehensive, coherent and integrated work programme that will increase the extent of quality of knowledge exchange with industry,” he added.

The projects are being funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish universities, Adam Smith College and Heliex Power Ltd.  Together they will create more than 50 full time posts, increase company turnover by up to GBP 40m and leverage in additional project funding.

The Energy Technology Partnership (ETP), an alliance of 12 Scottish universities, will provide a coordination role across the six projects to help maximise their combined impact. The institutions involved in the projects are: the Universities of Abertay, Aberdeen, Strathclyde, Glasgow, Edinburgh, the West of Scotland, Dundee, St Andrews, UHI, Robert Gordon, Glasgow Caledonian, Heriot Watt, and Edinburgh Napier along with Adam Smith College and the Energy Technology Centre.

Professor Jim McDonald, chair of the Energy Technology Partnership and principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: “I am delighted with this significant investment and very pleased that the ETP is a part of this exciting new collaborative partnership to deliver energy and low carbon support to Scottish business. Today’s news reflects Scotland’s world-class reputation for energy research and development, and will further accelerate our progress towards Scotland’s low carbon economy.”

Strathclyde University is to host BigSwitch Offshore Wind, a global wind event, which Renewable Energy Technology (RET) is a proud sponsor. The event, which is taking place in Glasgow on 26th and 27th June, aims to advance technological developments across the global offshore wind industry. For more information on the event, please email RET Editor Heath Reidy at heath.reidy@bric.com.