The University of Aberdeen has received £240,000 from energy company TotalEnergies to fund research and teaching in areas related to the energy transition.
The funding will help create an integrated hydrogen lab to investigate the generation, storage and conversion of hydrogen as a clean energy source, providing greater opportunities for collaboration with industrial partners on UK and international research projects, as well as for teaching.
With the university launching its Centre for Energy Transition, the money will also help the institution research areas including hydrogen, biomass, solar and wind energy, carbon capture and utilisation, and offshore energy systems integration.
It will also be used to develop systems for the simultaneous measurement of methane and hydrogen to convert energy from biomass, and for biogas separation processes, such as Carbon Capture and Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS).
Meanwhile, academics will also develop a hybrid renewable energy system to create a flexible, cost-effective and reliable solution for generating renewable electricity and supplying heating load for rural and off-grid communities.
Head of the university’s School of Engineering Professor Igor Guz said: “This portfolio of projects funded by Total offers the School an incredible opportunity to increase research and teaching capacity in the field of energy transition.
“This will provide students and academics with essential resources with which to learn, teach and continue world-leading research, while strengthening our industrial and research collaborations.”
The sum has been made available as part of a package which also includes funding for scholarships in the University’s MSc in Energy Transition Systems and Technologies and MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering programmes.
In addition, the newly established Energy Transition Student Society will benefit from the funding. This will allow students to enhance their career prospects through participation in extra-curricular activities and competitions related to the energy transition, as well as membership of professional networks.
The funding will also support a PhD project that will seek to exploit synergies between the offshore wind and oil and gas sectors to reduce costs associated with oil and gas abandonment, and investigate the potential for existing infrastructure to support clean energy projects, among other scenarios. This will build on the results of a project that focused on synergies in the Danish offshore energy sector.
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Managing Director of TotalEnergies E&P UK Jean-Luc Guiziou said: “TotalEnergies is delighted to support Aberdeen University’s Centre for Energy Transition through research funding, bursaries for scholarships and delivering short courses.
“The energy transition is a massive challenge but by working together, we can take effective action against climate change, reimagine the energy industry and ensure its continued presence in the North East of Scotland.”