The Centre will provide a focus for all areas of energy-related research, with an emphasis on supporting industry in the transition to clean energy and renewables.

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The plans align with a 20-year strategic plan for the University, currently under development, with interdisciplinary research and sustainability key planks of its contribution to the long-term economic future of the north-east of Scotland.

The benefits of this approach have already been seen in the University’s partnership with the Oil and Gas Technology Centre on the new National Decommissioning Centre (NDC), where academics are working across disciplines to fully maximise the opportunities presented by this emerging sector

the University said.

NDC has also planned a range of activities throughout the week of Offshore Europe, including on-stand activities (Stand 2F21) where academics will be on hand to discuss the opportunities in research and education offered by the University.

This will include information on 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 will also host students from its PrototAU hydrogen racing team, while welcoming schoolchildren as part of skills body OPITO’s 'Energise Your Future' event.