Preparing for the Future - Energy &
The 21st century has so far been defined by
energy - how much of it we use, where we get it from and what the
short and long-term consequences of these factors are.
Scotland has a long standing expertise across
the Energy sector and is perfectly poised to help usher in the
global energy revolution.
Edinburgh’s mixture of world-class science and
technology research combined with its large financial and computing
sectors make it the ideal location to exploit existing energy
resources, develop the machines to harness alternative assets and
plan the future energy network.
Oil & Gas
The Oil and Gas industry is a cornerstone in
the Scottish economy employing over 100,000 people
Researchers in Edinburgh including the world
renowned Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt
University are helping to maintain this sector and prepare it for
Concerns about climate change and the environment have helped
fuel the growing Renewable Energies sector.
Scotland has vast renewable resources and Edinburgh is home to a
wide field of academic and commercial expertise in making the most
of these and other renewable energy sources.
Energy Sector Video
The Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) at Heriot-Watt
University is the largest petroleum research group in the UK and
recognised internationally for its teaching, training and
In 1975 – when the first oil was produced from the North Sea and
demand for professional petroleum engineers was growing rapidly –
the Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE) was established at
Keeping it Clean
In addition to finding cleaner sources of energy, technologies
that can clean up after our existing sources are also vital.
From reclaiming land after industrial contamination to ways of
removing CO2 from the atmosphere, here in Edinburgh new
clean technologies are becoming commercially viable.
In the energy and clean technology sector, academic and
commercial interests regularly go hand in hand.
Industrial collaborations, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships,
Joint Industry Projects, licensing and a variety of other funding
and commercialisation ventures have been pursued by Edinburgh’s
universities over the past few decades ensuring that major players
in the energy sector continue to turn to Edinburgh for answers.