Energy research centre opens at university

A multi-million research centre has opened at the University of Strathclyde. The Advanced Forming Research Centre will pioneer techniques to support manufacturing in the energy, aerospace, marine and automobile industries. […]

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By Kelvin Ross

A multi-million research centre has opened at the University of Strathclyde.

The Advanced Forming Research Centre will pioneer techniques to support manufacturing in the energy, aerospace, marine and automobile industries.

It is a joint venture between the university, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish government and several international engineering firms including Rolls-Royce and Boeing.

University Principal, professor Jim McDonald, said: “The AFRC will cement Scotland’s global reputation for excellence in engineering, and is already receiving demand for research from around the world.

“The collaborative approach between the university, Scottish Enterprise and leading engineering companies will enable us to be at the forefront of innovation in the high-value manufacturing sector, while making a significant contribution to the wider economy.”

The university is one of the academic leaders in wave wind power research. Its staff and students are also investigating nuclear fusion, carbon capture and storage and energy storage systems, as well as advances in electric cars, environmentally sustainable design and manufacturing.

Strathclyde is Scotland’s third largest university with around 29,000 full and part time students.