Case Studies


The Bryden Centre was a €9.4 million cross-border, renewable energy research centre funded by the EU under the Interreg VA programme. Led from Queen’s University Belfast, the Bryden Centre covered the Northern Ireland, Western Scotland and the Irish border regions. Bryden Centre research was aimed at harnessing the potential for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland to become leaders in marine renewable energy.

The HUGE Project aimed to provide communities in the Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) area energy and self-sufficiency, especially infrastructure providers, through hydrogen utilisation from excess green energy production.

UHI was a key partner in the SATE project, based in Kirkwall, Orkney. UHI directly inputed into the testing of hydrogen and other low carbon fuels. The Aeronautics and Aircraft Engineering departments also supported the design, certification, and flight-testing of the alternatively fuelled aircraft. UHI-ERI was involved in the socio-economic impacts study, to better understand the implications of green aviation developments.


A collaboration between the Department of the Environment, Sustainability, Heritage and Climate Change (DESHCC) and UHI to investigate the potential for marine renewable energy solutions in Gibraltar. The Department of the Environment continues to investigate marine renewable energy in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters.

V-SCORES aimed to develop a comprehensive validation of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) techniques for surface current spatial mapping, demonstrated at tidal stream sites.

INNO-MPP investigated the idea of a Multi-Purpose Platform (MPP), integrating (for example) renewable energy devices and aquaculture facilities, to find synergies to share in costs surrounding manufacturing, installation, operation and decommissioning. This could help save money, reduce the overall impact, and maximise socio-economic benefits.


Blue Growth Farm aimed to develop and validate an automated, modular and environmentally friendly multi-functional offshore platform to further aid the expansion of marine aquaculture and the overall development of the Blue Growth Economy.

Abbey Ecosse IBioIC was a feasibility study involving flexible energy systems (anaerobic digestion of distillery co-products) investigating environmental metrics. The anaerobic digestion plant will be built at Forss Business Park in Northern Scotland. This involved collaborations between Abbey Ecosse, UHI and University of Hull. 

FORTUNE obtained, for the first time, systematic, long-term measurements of underwater noise generated by two operational floating offshore wind (FOW) turbines of different designs across a range of environmental conditions.