Strathclyde Uni and Eni to boost Scotland’s renewable energy skills

Strathclyde Uni and Eni to boost Scotland’s renewable energy skills

The University of Strathclyde and Eni have struck an agreement to help Scottish oil and gas workers transfer their skills to the renewable energy sector.

Both sides will combine their respective expertise – Strathclyde in renewable energy and Eni in offshore operations and industrial know-how.

In addition, the partners will work together on research projects in offshore wind, in particular to support the development of new technologies such as floating wind.

Unlike traditional wind farms, which are fixed to the seabed, floating wind turbines are built on buoyant platforms. This opens up the number of locations available for wind farms, moving them away from shipping lanes, reducing noise pollution, and accessing stronger winds.

Scotland is home to the world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland, which currently has five turbines based off Peterhead.

Eni and Strathclyde will also champion local employment and opportunities for local enterprises to help deliver the future of Scotland’s energy supply.

Eni entered the UK’s offshore wind sector in December 2020 when it bought a 20% stake in the Dogger Bank (A and B) project from Equinor and SSE Renewables. At full capacity, Dogger Bank will be the world’s largest wind project of its kind.

Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde and co-chair of the Scottish Government Energy Advisory Board Professor Sir Jim McDonald said: “Innovative companies like Eni are central to a successful transition to renewable energy and the achievement of net zero emissions.

“They can utilise their extensive energy sector expertise and financial resources to accelerate the transition from carbon-based fuels to renewables and make the latter more economically-viable.

“At Strathclyde we have a vast array of industry knowledge, cutting-edge research and development and world-leading expertise in renewable energy, helping to create the technologies of the future that will power our planet without damaging the ecosystem.”

Director of Eni Energy Solutions Alessandro Della Zoppa said: “We are delighted to partner with the prestigious University of Strathclyde to develop a ground-breaking programme that intends to inspire the industry and create a model to replicate in the UK and internationally.

“Ensuring a successful transition of workforces from fossil fuels activities to renewables and green technologies is key to our decarbonisation strategy and consistent with our DNA as a socially responsible company in the countries where we operate”.

Scotland just missed its 2020 renewable electricity target, which aimed to produce 100% of its electricity demand from renewable sources. With wind currently providing the majority of the country’s renewable output, offshore wind provides a major growth sector to help the country meets its 2030 and 2045 goals.

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