Energy Academy experts at Heriot Watt ‘tackle the trilemma’ to secure Scotland’s economic future


Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director, Energy Academy, Heriot Watt University
Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director, Energy Academy, Heriot Watt University

How do we keep Scotland’s energy supply secure, affordable and sustainable?

Can Scotland unilaterally abandon nuclear energy?

And should we develop shale?

These are some of the key questions under discussion on Monday 20 October 2014 when more than 120 energy industry experts gather at Heriot-Watt University (HWU) in Edinburgh to hear about how the latest research and partnership with Scottish and global energy businesses could drive innovation.

Delegates registered to attend include representatives from the Scotmas Group; Selex Galileo; AMEC; the Crown Estate; Scottish Water; Grontmij and Heliex Power.

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director, Heriot Watt Energy Academy, will give a talk on the energy trilemma and discuss exciting initiatives launched at Heriot-Watt to foster sustainable university-business relationships.  Thematic presentations by Heriot-Watt University academics include: 

Energy and the Environment by Professor Hamish Mair

Energy, Distribution and Networks by Dr Edward Owens

Energy and Fossil Fuels by Dr Florian Doster

Energy and Materials by Nick Bennett, and

Energy and Marine Resources by Sandy Kerr, Programme Director at the university’s Orkney campus. 

A panel discussion during the afternoon will focus on the energy policies and strategies that may help secure Scotland’s economic future. As well as discussing nuclear energy and shale resources, the panel will discuss how significant a contribution wave and tidal energy can make to Scotland’s energy supply and how much recoverable oil and gas remains under Scotland’s waters.

Dr Edward Owens from the School of Energy, Geosciences, Infrastructure and Society at Heriot-Watt will chair the panel, which will include: 

Stuart Brown, Chief Executive, Flowave TT Ltd

Professor Gordon Hughes, Professor of Economics, Edinburgh University

Professor Eric Mackay, Chair in Reactive Flow Simulation in the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University

Brian Richardson, Director of Sustainability, Greening the Market Ltd,and

Professor Sue Roaf, Professor of Architectural Engineering, Heriot-Watt University

Speaking about the Energy Showcase, Professor Maroto-Valer commented: “Regardless of the direction of travel in terms of energy policy, most people would agree that it must be clear and consistent so that researchers, investors and developers can make robust decisions that allow future generations to inherit a stable and sustainable energy infrastructure based on effective and affordable technology.  

 “We’re looking forward to bring together academic research teams, companies that would benefit from new technologies, investors and policy experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities and the policies and strategies that we need to adopt to secure Scotland’s economic future.” 

Also at the Showcase – and in partnership with Scottish Energy News – the university will launch the Heriot-Watt Scottish Energy News Young Researcher of the Year Awards 2014-2015.

This new awards scheme will recognise outstanding research and contributions across fields such as Energy in the Marine Environment; Energy Materials and Storage and Energy Entrepreneurship.

Finally an evening event will give delegates an opportunity to hear from Bob Keiller, Chief Executive, the Wood Group, and Jim Mather, former MSP and Scottish Minister for Enterprise and Energy. 

  • The Energy Academy offers a wide range of consultancy services to business and industry, including R&D, expert witnesses, professional advice, technical analysis and reports, use of laboratory facilities and language translation services. The Energy Academy business development team can help link companies into world class research and expertise; Facilitate collaborations, joint industry partnerships, strategic alliances and Knowledge; Identify appropriate funding mechanisms for collaborative work; offer consultancy support; provide cutting edge facilities and technical support; Provide students for placement opportunities. 

To attend the Heriot Watt Energy Academy Showcase, contact:

Dr. Patrick McCarthy

Tel: 0131 451 3881

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