A research programme which brings together academia and industry to address renewable energy challenges has delivered benefits topping an estimated £200 million.
The Technology and Innovation Centre Low Carbon Power and Energy Programme links the University of Strathclyde’s technical expertise to the low carbon energy sector and is funded by ScottishPower, SSE and Wood.
The programme, which started in 2013, demonstrates how different sectors can work together on key industry challenges. The results of the first phase have been independently assessed as having the potential to deliver a net cumulative benefit of £200 million, from a total budget of just £3.72 million.
It focused on reducing the costs and risks associated with both onshore and offshore wind projects and included 13 research projects. The scheme was renewed in 2018 for three years to find ways to make more efficient use of energy resources, with a further £1.8 million funding.
Spearheaded by the department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE), the programme also links with colleagues across the engineering faculty including marine, mechanical and civil engineering.
Strathclyde’s management science department have also taken a prominent role and worked closely with engineering colleagues to deliver impact.
Professor Stephen McArthur, Deputy Associate Principal at Strathclyde, said: “The programme has focused on transferring low carbon innovations generated at the University into new tools and capabilities for our industrial partners.
Source” Renewable energy collaboration helps deliver multi-million pounds savings”, University of Strathclyde Glasgow