Nokia and University of Strathclyde team up on grid communication tech

The organisations aim to help utilities prepare power grids for emerging technologies such as renewable and distributed generation

Europe’s ‘first’ electricity grid research centre in Scotland

The “first” electricity grid research facility in Europe was officially opened in Scotland yesterday. The £12.5 million Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC) in Cumbernauld was built in response to the growing demand for secure, reliable and environmentally friendly power and uses a mini electricity grid system to test new technology. It will be home to […]

Scotland’s tidal power gets US investment boost

An American tidal power firm has announced plans to set up a base in Scotland, making it the first US renewable energy firm to invest in the nation. ResHydro will receive a £100,000 grant from the Scottish Enterprise and will work with the University of Strathclyde for further research and development for its hydrokinetic energy […]

UK research centre aims to be energy world beater

A new research centre aims to lead the world in ‘smart’ energy technology, from advanced power grids to electric cars and household appliances. The £12.5m Power Network Demonstration Centre is the first of its kind in Europe and is being set up by the University of Strathclyde and energy companies including ScottishPower and Scottish and […]

Iberdrola chief warns of energy skills gap

The chairman and chief executive of ScottishPower’s parent company Iberdrola has warned that there are not enough graduates to fill the energy skills gap. Ignacio Galán said this week that it was vital that universities and colleges encourage students to take-up engineering courses and to “embrace the new skill sets that will be required to […]

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. 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 […]

ScottishPower funds university smart grid role

ScottishPower has joined forces with the University of Strathclyde to boost the progress of smart grids in the UK. The energy company will pay £750,000 over five years for a new position at the university called the ScottishPower Chair in Smart Grid Technology’. ScottishPower network development director Jim Sutherland said: “ScottishPower already has smart grid […]