Scottish energy businesses benefit from ‘green Dragon’s Den’ funding event at Heriot Watt Energy Academy


Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Heriot Watt University.
Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Heriot Watt University.

More than 100 Scottish energy business chiefs attended a ‘meet the funders’ event – a sort of ‘Green Dragon’s Den’ – at Heriot Watt university’s Energy Academy conference yesterday in Edinburgh.

Funding areas highlighted included ocean energy, heat storage, responsible shale gas and oil extraction and technologies for solving the energy trilemma of low carbon, low cost and sustainability in a series of presentations from:

  • Chris Bagley, Innovate UK (Knowledge Transfer Network and the Energy Catalyst Initiative)
  • Karen Fraser, Scottish Enterprise (Ocean Energy Initiative)
  • Gary Bannon (Scottish Funding Council)
  • Catherine Hokin (Eco-Connect)

 A number of learned speakers from the Energy Academy itself also gave presentations on, among others, the following topics:

  •  Renewable Energy from Waste Water
  •  Carbon Capture, and
  •  Unconventional Oil and Gas

Dr. Gareth Davies, Director of award-winning Orkney based renewables consultancy Aquatera, spoke on the ‘living laboratory’ potential of the Orkney islands, where the energy sector employs 500 people – 80% of them in renewables. – while Dr. Sandy Kerr, Director of the Heriot Watt’s ICIT campus on Orkney referenced increasing global interest in marine power with the recent visit to the ICIT by a team of energy professors from Japan, where the country is increasing looking to a non-nuclear renewable energy supply in the aftermath of the Fukushima reactor meltdown.

Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Head of Heriot Watt’s Energy Academy, said: “We were totally delighted at the demand from the energy industry for tickets to this (free) event. Energy research and commercialisation is a core activity at the Energy Academy.

“Our raison d’etre is to help energy companies access cutting-edge research and advanced manufacturing processes, as well as to form a bridge between industry and funding. We are actively seeking collaborative research and development projects across the energy sector as well as between university and industry and between industry and industry.

“A university exists to create – and exchange – knowledge for the benefit of society as a whole. No where is that more true than at the Energy Academy – and we’ll be sending out that message loud and clear next month when we hold our first Energy Academy Showcase in Edinburgh on 20 October”.

For follow-up details and more information, contact:

Dr. Patrick McCarthy 

Tel:  ++ 00 44 (0) 131 451 3881

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