University of Aberdeen announces new Centre for Energy Transition

The University of Aberdeen has announced its ambition to set up a new Centre for Energy Transition.

The Centre, which aims to build on the university’s global reputation for energy research and teaching, will align the university’s research and education programmes with the opportunities presented by global efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

The Centre will provide a focus for the university’s energy-related research, placing emphasis on supporting industries in their transition to clean and renewable energy.

Principal of the University of Aberdeen, Professor George Boyne, said: ‘Our Centre for Energy Transition will seek to embrace the opportunities that lie ahead for the region in a low-carbon future, supporting the sector in making the transition through research and teaching, while nurturing start-ups and spin-outs.

‘Our interdisciplinary approach to research means that the University is perfectly positioned as a catalyst for collaboration right across the energy supply chain, and our aim is to work with industry at all levels to support the shift to sustainable energy.’

The Centre forms part of the university’s new 20-year strategic plan, which will see it contributing to the north-east of Scotland’s long-term economic future through sustainability and interdisciplinary research.

The University has already partnered with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) to create its new National Decommissioning Centre, a global research centre which works with government and industries to aid the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas.

The university will be present at this week’s SPE Offshore Europe conference and exhibition to showcase its expertise in energy research.

Academics will offer attendees information on the university’s research in the fields of AI supporting the oil and gas sector, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, decommissioning, energy law and economics, and enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

The university currently has more than 200 academic colleagues working on energy-related disciplines, as well as 27 energy-related post-graduate courses. At present it has over £25m in live research grants in the energy field.

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden

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