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Page 1: Foreword Report s... · 2019-01-07 · Foreword A s Chair of the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP), and on behalf of my fellow ETP Board members, I am delighted to write this foreword

Annual Report 2017/2018

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Foreword

As Chair of the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP), and on behalf of my fellow ETP Board members, I am delighted to write this foreword to the 2017/2018 Annual Report.

This year has been a particularly dynamic and successful one for ETP, as we build on the core principles of academic excellence through collaboration, widening the impact of research and providing industry with highly talented, research-trained, leaders of the future. Each of our 13 member universities has specific strengths in energy-related research, but by pooling capabilities across ETP we achieve much more. In supporting SE, HIE and SDI through their inward and outward missions, it is clear that the ETP model is one which is envied across the globe.

With this conference we celebrate 10 years of ETP, and the successful continuation of two of our key programmes; not least, our flagship Energy Industry Doctorate Programme which has now supported 107 PhD students across all 11 of our energy themes, driven by strong industry engagement, and the demand for industry-ready researchers. We are grateful to the Scottish Government for its continued support of this programme.

Additionally, our innovation exchange programme, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KEN), proved so successful that it has just been awarded Phase 3 by the Scottish Government, SE and HIE. Phases 1 and 2 supported over 600 low-carbon SMEs, completing 169 innovation projects between academia and industry, and delivering added jobs and investment, and helping meet carbon reduction targets. Phase 3 of the KEN is a 3-year programme that will continue to support Scottish SMEs in the low carbon sector along their innovation journey, with a team of 7 theme-specific BDMs and a £0.5M Industry Engagement Fund. We are particularly pleased to welcome the Energy Systems Catapult as a partner to the KEN, who will be working alongside existing partners such as Wave Energy Scotland and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

ETP’s success could not have been achieved without the continued support of our many partners, from the partner universities, the energy and power industries, Government, public sector agencies and a variety of other organisations. I thank you all and am hugely encouraged that we are witnessing in Scotland a real convergence of our separate interests, in the pursuit of competitive advantage. In particular, the development of our relationships with the Department of Energy and Climate Change has enabled ETP and the Scottish Government to align their respective priorities in the energy sector. In particular, this addresses: the managed energy transition to meet the challenges of the energy trilemma; a whole energy system approach; and, the localisation of energy.

You will find more detail in this Annual Report, which highlights case studies of how Scottish industry has benefited directly from ETP’s capability. We are indebted to the support of our funders and other key stakeholders and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the role they play in facilitating ETP to deliver significant research and innovation led technological and economic impact. I would also like to thank our ETP Advisory Board, chaired by Dr David Sigsworth, which continues to provide invaluable feedback and guidance.

Professor Sir Jim McDonaldChair of ETP

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ETP is the Scottish Academic Research Pool in energy, an autonomous alliance of 13 independent Scottish HEIs, each with areas of outstanding research capability in the energy sector.

It creates value for the Scottish economy by acting as a broker between academia and external organisations and industry, promoting and disseminating ETP’s mission to translate excellent research into economic impact.

Research Excellence into Economic Impact

“The Advisory Board congratulates ETP on a successful 10 years, and we will continue to provide strategic advice to the new ETP Board to enable the organisation to position itself for continued achievement in the forthcoming 10 years.”Professor David Sigsworth OBEChair of the ETP Advisory Board

Our Visionis to build on the existing areas of excellence and collaborative working to make Scotland a world renowned source for energy

related Research, Development & Demonstration (RD&D) and its commercialisation.

We create Economic Impact

for the Scottish economy and society through communication,

special interest groups and knowledge exchange activity.

We contribute to a Scottish World-Leading

Research Base that is internationally competitive

and strengthening its global reputation and standing.

We support the energy sector with the Skills

it needs, primarily through PhD programmes.

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T he ETP Energy Industry Doctorate Programme addresses the strategic demands of industry and government for ‘industry-ready’, post-doctoral

researchers to enhance energy industry innovation and knowledge exchange (KE) effectiveness. A defining characteristic of the programme is strong industry engagement where companies are co-investors, support project specification and engage with the research directly.

The programme has been running since 2010 and 107 high quality PhD studentships are now underway or have graduated. Six new projects have just been approved in 2018, and funding for a further 6 studentships will be available in 2019. To date there are over 50 students who have graduated from the programme.

Eligible projects can focus on specific energy technologies such as tidal energy or biomass, and cross-cutting themes such as energy economics, policy, law & environment, energy systems, and materials.

Energy Industry Doctorates

Supported Projects by Energy Theme

50PHD

GRADUATES

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Optimisation of a Ship Wind-Assisted Propulsion SystemUniversity of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde and SMAR Azure Ltd“Although the project is still in its early stages, it has been extremely encouraging to see how the academic work I am involved will be applied in a commercial setting and observing the ways in which the academic work shapes the industrial partners’ research direction and vice versa. The close link with the industrial sponsor has been very useful in shaping the research to meet commercial obligations and gives a continued reminder of the real need and application of the work in improving ship energy efficiency and meeting IMO marine targets.

James Cairns - PhD Student, University of Glasgow

Modelling the Operations and Maintenance Strategy of a Wave Energy ArrayUniversity of Edinburgh, University of Exeter and Wave Energy Scotland“The project suffered a significant setback with the demise of the previous industrial sponsor, Pelamis Wave Power. However, I am happy that the work is now back on track with the involvement of Wave Energy Scotland, and I hope the outputs of my research will make a significant contribution to the sector.”

Anthony Gray - PhD Student, University of Edinburgh

“The work being undertaken in the PhD project is of interest to Wave Energy Scotland. Operations and maintenance strategy should be, but is currently not, included at the early design phases of a WEC to ‘design out’ potential risky or expensive O&M issues. The use of Pelamis and now Albatern as case studies for this O&M tool will help to develop something which can be used for all the companies involved with WES to bring extra benefit to their projects. The work being done by Anthony has the potential to significantly benefit many WEC developers, allowing them to better understand the importance of a well-developed O&M strategy at an early stage. WES looks forward to continuing this project with Anthony and Albatern over the coming year.”

Elva Bannon - Wave Energy Scotland

Enhanced Gravity foundations on Rock for Marine Energy GeneratorsUniversity of Dundee, University of Aberdeen and Lloyd’s Register EMEA“The involvement of ETP and the industrial partner (Lloyd’s Register) was very beneficial on many aspects. ETP events allowed me to exchange knowledge with young researchers and discuss about the ongoing research on the renewables sector while making useful contacts. On the other hand the input from Lloyd’s Register helped me to identify the current needs of the industry and familiarise myself with the operation of leading companies. This experience will definitely be useful for my professional career.”

Andreas Zigos - PhD Student, University of Dundee

“I am very happy with the progress and I believe that Andreas has gained a lot of useful knowledge in this area. It should be published accordingly along with a method that industry practitioners can use for their designs. We will hold further discussions on how this can be done.”

Dr Neil Morgan - Lloyd’s Register EMEA

The Opportunities for utilising Natural Polymers within Construction MaterialsUniversity of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow and Marine Biopolymers Ltd“Having an industrial partner as part of the PhD has given me experience of working out-with the academic environment as well as giving me an insight into the running of a start-up SME and business/commercial development. Working with MBL, I have been given lots of technical support and guidance as well as having more detailed access to information about the products I have been using in my studies. I have also been able to obtain regular feedback throughout the course of the PhD, allowing for open discussions about which areas of research are most interesting and valuable for MBL. This has therefore helped to guide and focus the later stages of the research.”

Cassandra Dove - PhD Graduate, University of Strathclyde

“The company objectives have been in some ways a moving target from a commercial perspective although the key work being carried out by the PHD student has and is still a central part of the company’s research programme. The company has a keen commercial interest in building on the collaboration from the ETP funded PHD studentship in the future.”

David Mackie - Marine Biopolymers Ltd

PhD Case Studies

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ETP Capability Across the Themes

Solar Energy

Bioenergy

Marine Energy

Energy Utilisation in Buildings

Wind Energy

Energy, People & Society

Research Excellence

Knowledge Exchange

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Energy, People, & Society (EPS) ► Incorporation of Whole Systems Approaches ► Enhancing Hybrid Energy Systems ► Optimisation of Processes & Frameworks for Energy Transition ► Modelling & Forecasting to Facilitate Decision-Making ► Socio-Economic &Technological Innovation ► High Integrity Modelling Tools ► Intelligent Systems & Network Management ► Supply & Demand Management ► Energy Transition Infrastructure, Technologies & Services

Development

Energy Utilisation in Buildings (EUB) ► Affordability ► Security of Supply ► Healthy Environment ► Energy Efficiency ► Changing Demand Side ► Building Regulations

Marine Energy ► Demonstration, Testing and Modelling ► Materials, Components and Systems ► Installation, Logistics and

Infrastructure. ► Non-Technological Issues

Wind Energy ► Environmental, Economics & Policy,

and Planning ► Subsea & Foundations ► Materials ► Turbines ► Robotics ► Control & Power Systems ► O&M ► Grids

Solar PV ► Luminescent materials and optical properties ► New organic materials ► New metal complex-based materials ► Semiconductor physics & photonics ► Device development and characterisation ► Photocatalysis ► PV technologies ► Photonics

Bioenergy ► Biofuel cells ► Gasification & Pyrolysis ► Anaerobic Digestion ► Biomass production systems ► Terrestrial and marine biomass production

systems ► Chemical and materials characterisation ► Resource economics and land use studies ► Carbon and lifecycle analysis

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ETP Capability Across the Themes

Power Systems & Grid Technologies

Marine Energy

Heat Energy

Oil & Gas

Energy Conversion &

Storage

Carbon Capture & Storage

Wind Energy

Skills

Research Excellence

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Energy Conversion & Storage (ECS) ► Battery Storage & Materials ► Hydrogen ► Pumped Hydro storage, Flywheels, &

Supercapacitors ► Compressed & Liquid Air Energy Storage ► Thermal Storage inc Solar Thermal ► Transport - Whole Energy System Storage

Heat Energy ► Storage Technology (seasonal and diurnal) ► Heat Production in Heat Pumps ► Physical Infrastructure and Local Systems ► Linking Heat Supply and Demand ► Efficient Distribution ► Resource Appraisal ► Strategy and Novel Business Models ► Policy Support and Dissemination ► Consumer Interaction with Heat

Technology

Marine Energy ► Demonstration, Testing and Modelling ► Materials, Components and Systems ► Installation, Logistics and

Infrastructure. ► Non-Technological Issues

Power Networks & Grid Technologies ► Technologies and services for network asset management ► Provision and management of grid flexibility ► Grid integration of energy systems technologies ► Power electronics and power conversion technologies ► Power system protection and control for resilient operations ► Digital energy technologies and tools ► Investment planning and markets for future power systems ► Offshore network solutions ► Sensors, measurements and metrology for enhanced observability ► Information and Communications Technology

Oil & Gas ► Asset integrity and life extension ► Decommissioning ► Enhanced recovery ► Improving exploration outcomes ► Product optimisation ► Shale gas exploration ► Subsea ► Well construction, drilling and

completions

Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) ► R&D in oil and gas ► power plants ► process engineering ► civil construction ► offshore engineering ► Geology ► Finance, Business, Law, Energy

infrastructure

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Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN)Successful PartnershipsThis programme has engaged with over 600 Scottish SMEs over the 7-year period, providing funding and support between the SMEs and academics from the 13 partner Scottish Universities. In working closely with these SMEs we have identified, brokered, and managed 169 consultancy projects that build the overall capability of the low carbon and renewable energy sector. Now with closer links to innovation centres and catapults, ETP can help you to access the entire funding escalator, from the £5k SFC innovation voucher, through SMART and R&D grants, to EU and UKR&I calls.

169LOW CARBON

PROJECTS COMPLETDED

ACROSS 10 THEMES

ENERGY TESTING & DEMONSTRATION FACILITIES WITH A

COMBINED INVESTMENT VALUE OF £250M

SCOTTISH UNIVERSITIES

PROVIDING ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND RESEARCH

TO INDUSTRY

New in 2018/2019 – Phase 3

F or 7 years, the Energy Technology Partnership has successfully managed Phases 1 and 2 of the Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN), a £9M

programme within the low carbon sector due to complete in March 2019. Now, ETP has been awarded funding for KEN Phase 3, a 3-year programme worth £4M, which will continue to build on established industrial and academic links. This helps Scottish universities increase the impact of their research, and the Scottish Government meet its goal to make the SME sector more research-intensive. Funded through the ESIF, Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Funding Council, and substantial support from our partner universities a dedicated team of 7 sector-specific Business Development Managers (BDMs) increases innovation and advances the development of the low carbon economy in Scotland.

£1.73MWORTH OF PROJECTS

SUPPORTED

13ACCESS

TO OVER

50

619SCOTTISH

SMESSUPPORTED

1 weekfunding decision

turnaround

up to £10kfunding available to SMEs operating or

planning to operate in Scotland

70%intervention rate with 30% in-kind company

contribution

Simpleshort application

process

Industry Engagement

Fund

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Knowledge Exchange Case Studies

Heriot-Watt University and SoltropyStart-up company Soltropy Ltd proprietor Stuart Speake started his enterprise with a £5k Interface innovation voucher investigating a freeze-tolerant solar thermal system which he believed could nearly halve the cost of solar thermal installations. ETP’s Solar BDM intervention led him to enter the Shell Springboard competition and to collaboration with Dr Tadhg O’Donovan at Heriot-Watt University.

The collaboration then led to a grant of £6.5k from the ETP consultancy fund being secured to build a prototype and carry out comparison testing with an incumbent solar thermal system. The two systems were installed on the Heriot-Watt solar test site and the comparison testing was conducted with very positive results for the Soltropy system.

In 2016-17 Soltropy partnered with AES Solar Ltd and Heriot-Watt University to integrate their patented “Ice-Immune” technology in a flat plate. Further to this, Soltropy and HWU conducted a study on the feasibility of integrating thermal storage within their solar panel to reduce the cost of heat from the sun. Both projects were funded by Innovate UK and the EPSRC to a total of circa £200k.

In late 2017 a £14.9k ETP grant allowed the partners to work on a compatible storage medium for the Soltropy system and the company now expect to launch their first product in 2018.

University of Edinburgh and Flowave and Albatern LtdThe University of Edinburgh School of Engineering specialises in marine engineering technology and have built up a first-class reputation for their work in this field. In early 2014, the University’s capability in this area was further enhanced by the opening of the new FloWave Test Tank facility providing a unique environment for conducting marine engineering research and Knowledge Exchange.

Albatern, a wave energy company based in Edinburgh, had successfully developed an interconnected wave energy array product called “WaveNet” but needed some further validation of the device io move to commercialisation. At this point the ETP Marine Energy BDM connected the 2 parties and helped them scope out a project proposal which secured £20k of ETP funding.

Albatern’s engineers worked with the University Research Team to test the WaveNet device tunder a variety of simulated sea conditions. The resulting report and video were launched at the 2014 All Energy Conference in Aberdeen. Albatern recently secured HIE’s WATERS 3 funding of £1.8 million to support their project to design, build and demonstrate a larger Squid wave energy converter unit.

University of Strathclyde and Renewable Parts LtdRenewable Parts Limited was established in 2011 in direct response to the growing need by Scotland’s rapidly expanding Wind Energy Sector for a reliable and sustainable replacement parts service for its Wind Turbines. The company were tackling the parts supply problem from a completely new angle – by refurbishing old parts in a more cost effective solution for its client base.

The company met with Interface, the Scottish Funding Council’s industry/academia matchmaking service which was picked up by the Research and Knowledge Exchange Services (RKES) team at the University of Strathclyde. RKES identified a research team at Strathclyde, successfully applied to the ETP for a £9.5k grant for an initial feasibility study.

This KE partnership has now been further enhanced with involvement from other key facilities at the University of Strathclyde including the Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management (SIOM), the Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (SIR), and the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) giving the company ongoing access to the best in academic research expertise.

“Scotland enjoys an enviable reputation internationally for excellence in energy. Maintaining sectoral growth, increasing the competitiveness of our indigenous energy businesses and encouraging inward investment in the sector from overseas is of fundamental importance to Scotland’s overall economic prosperity. The Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) is an exceptional alliance that is fully focused on accomplishing those ambitions. Scottish Enterprise recognises the vital role the ETP plays in realising Scotland’s Economic Strategy and has continued to fund the partnership’s Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) alongside the Scottish Government, ESIF and other partners.”Andy McDonald, Sector Director, Energy & Low Carbon Economy, Scottish Enterprise

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Internationalisation

T he SFC PECRE scheme provides research training and development opportunities for the most able postgraduates and early career

researchers working within the Scottish research pools, while at the same time building experience of international collaboration with academia and/or industry. The fund supports researchers to participate in exchanges with companies or academic institutions in Europe, North America, China and India.

To date, ETP has awarded 39 grants since 2016 to existing PhD students and Early Career Researchers across ETP’s member universities. The projects included exchanges with the USA, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, France, China, Germany, Norway, Finland, India and Canada, on subjects ranging from solid adsorbents for CCS, to demand-side management and network simulations.

Experimental Demonstration of Wind Turbines Multifunctional Converters for Power Quality improvements in Electrical Networks at University of British Columbia, Canada“The positive results obtained after conducting the experiments with the Alpha Laboratory of Power Electronics, gave a solid grounds to produce a high quality Journal publication of the proposed technique. This document is being jointly prepared by

myself and collaborators both in Strathclyde and UBC. This is the first time a functional DFIG prototype has been built at UBC. With this prototype an new spectrum of test and research topics has been open for the research group of the Alpha Laboratory of power electronics.There exist already plans to test other configuration and controllers for wind turbines using the developed system and expand in topics of control of machine and electrical drives. On the other hand, the personal results of this research was the opportunity to form strong links of collaboration with peers

in Canada and share knowledge with Canadian leaders in the field of energy conversion. I believe that a solid foundation, based in the work carried out during my visiting scholar stay, has been laid out for future collaborations between Strathclyde and UBC where the expertize of the two research groups can potentialize innovation and performance.”Dr David Campos Gaona, University of Strathclyde

Compliant Coatings for Tidal Turbine Blades at George Washington University, USA“I used the awarded scholarship to travel to Washington DC to join Professor Elias Balaras’ Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Mechanics. Before my arrival I started to prepare a journal paper which extends the state-of-the-art about canonical turbulent flow fields. Thanks to the help provided by

PECRE: Post Graduate and Early Career Researcher Exchanges

Professor Balaras, this part of my research is now finalised. A joint publication will be soon submitted to the Journal of Fluids Mechanics. The secondary goal of my visit was to engage potential partners to invest in the research and join the collaboration. I visited the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, where I presented my research. I also presented my research at the Tenth International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena in Chicago. The exchange was an unforgettable experience which added significant value to my research. The list of major outputs that have resulted from the exchange are as follows: As a co-investigator, I was awarded £10,000 equivalent computational time on ARCHER, the UK National Supercomputing Service; A publication was submitted to a high impact scientific journal and another one will be submitted soon; As a result of my visit to the United States Naval Academy and my participation in the Tenth International Symposium on Turbulence and Shear Flow Phenomena, I got useful feedback from world-leading experts. In the long run, I hope this networking will lead to further international collaborations.”Tamas Jozsa, University of Edinburgh

Application of Metaheuristic Methods to Geometry Optimization of Wave Energy Converters at Oregon State University, USA“I had the opportunity to work with Professor DuPont and her students, from which I learned a lot about optimization algorithms and their application to solve various conflicting problems in offshore renewable energy. I had the chance to advance my PhD research, and get diverse and very useful input for my future work. Meeting other PhD students in the research team and people involved in wave energy at OSU and being able to discuss with them different parts of my PhD was one of the most valuable assets for me of this research collaboration. Getting to experience a different research environment and university life was also very enriching in many different aspects. I found their outreach activities for wave energy and workshops to involve women in engineering particularly interesting, and would like to see some of these ideas implemented in Edinburgh.”Ana Garcia Teruel, University of Edinburgh

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Contact Us

For further information about working with us, please contact one of our team listed below:

General enquiries [email protected]

Management Team

Stephen-Mark Williams Executive Director 0141 548 2013 [email protected] Cross Project Manager 0141 548 2272 [email protected] Smith Project Assistant 0141 548 4472 [email protected]

Themes

Energy People & Society [email protected] Energy [email protected] Energy [email protected] Energy [email protected] Power Systems & Networks [email protected] Conversion & Storage [email protected] Utilisation in Buildings [email protected] Energy [email protected] Capture & Storage [email protected] Energy [email protected] & Gas [email protected]

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ETP Structure

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Energy Technology PartnershipTel: 0141 548 2013

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