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Key Energy Projects

Renewable energy projects the university has been involved in or led

MERIKA (Marine Energy Research Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator) - is an ambitious initiative by UHI , funded by the European Union FP7 (REGPOT) programme. The project seeks to establish a marine energy research and innovation hub in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Alongside seven European scientific institutions and with the cooperation of three UHI partners (SAMS, ERI, LCC),MERIKA will focus on building research capacity, upgrading infrastructure, and reinforcing international collaboration with stakeholders from across the marine energy sector.

SMED (Shetland Marine Energy Development) — Project using the Shetland Marine Spatial Plan to identify suitable sites for marine renewable energy projects in the islands.

AMRECS (Advancing Marine Renewable Energy Research Capacity in Scotland) — SRDG grant funded programme to develop a centre of excellence for marine renewable energy research.

Supergen (Marine Energy Consortium) — Part of phase2 Supergen to increase knowledge and understanding of device-sea interactions of energy converters from model scale in the laboratory to full size in the open sea.

MaREE (Marine Renewable Energy and the Environment) — A project undertaken by ERI and SAMS focussed on environmental issues surrounding the development of marine renewable energy and the socio-economic impacts of such technologies.

MREDS (Marine Renewable Energy Development in Scotland) — Established as a research engagement and co-operation vehicle for a range of stakeholders in scottish marine renewable energy. The programme is led by Heriot Watt ICIT and includes academic research groups, business and economic development interests such as HIE and OIC

Equimar — Equitable testing and evaluation of marine energy extraction devices in terms of Performance, Cost and Environmental Impacts

Marine Scotland Research — Commissioned research projects on the environmental impacts of marine energy technologies.

MASTS (The Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland) - pools the research talent in marine science from across Scotland.

INIS Hydro project: surveying areas across the Irish sea with SAMS using their survey vessel R.V. Calanus to survey a large area of the Firth of Lorne.  The other area being surveyed as part of this project are; the SW Islay Renewables area n Argyll, Scotland; Dundalk Bay (shallow and deep) in the Republic of Ireland; Carlingford Lough and Approaches – with its north coast in Northern Ireland and its south coast in the Republic;  Dundrum Bay in Northern Irealnd;  Parts of the coast off the Mourne mountains in Northern Ireland.

HebMarine (Hebridean Marine Energy Futures)
Incorporating LCC, ERI and SAMS with a number of industry partners - most notably Aquamarine and Wavegen - a consortium of  various marine operators and wave technology developers assessing the wave resource to the west of Lewis.

OCTES (Opportunities for Community groups Through Energy Storage) — Lead by Lews Castle College this initiative aimed to increase the viability of renewable energy solutions in rural regions by influencing consumer behaviour.

BioMara — A project investigating sustainable fuels from Marine Biomass; the potential use of both macroalgae and microalgae as alternatives to terrestrial agri-fuel production.

Biofuel from Algae — A 3yr Carbon Trust initiative to develop a sustainable, cost effective biofuel from alga.

SUSPLAN (PLANning for SUStainability) — SUSPLAN will focus on developing regional and pan-european strategies, recommendations, and benchmarks for the integration of renewable energy sources (RES) into future european infrastructures by 2030-2050.

GREENSPACE LIVE - GreenspaceLive undertakes consultancy to all sectors on early stage building services and energy related solutions. It employs recognised Low Carbon Consultants and is a member of the UK Green Building Council.

PELLETime — PELLETime is a european programme to identify and develop tools that support sustainable local pellet supply chains through the use of local renewable energy resources

SMALLEST — an NPP programme to help make renewable energy more accessible to the smallest communities in the most remote areas of Northern Europe

ENERMAN Lead by Greenspace Research at Lews Castle College this project is investigating Knowledge exchange for efficient sustainable energy management with the abattoir and dairy industries in Scotland.

Lews Castle College engineering department working together with the Western Isles Local Authority (CnES) on a 3 year ERDF funded project on the development of infrastructure for demonstrating the potential for hydrogen technologies to deliver a low carbon society. The particular focus is the use of hydrogen as an energy store in order to maximise energy capture from constrained or off-grid renewable electricity generation.

FVHYDROGEN - Reducing Fuel Cost on Fishing Vessels using Hydrogen. 
A 3 year project funded by European Fisheries Fund (EFF).  A pilot project that will establish how a range of engines could be modified in a way that will maximise the fuel savings whilst ensuring safe operation.