Agreement with University of the Highlands and Islands ‘shows commitment to skills development’ in renewable energy
Offshore wind companies said a new agreement with the University of the Highlands and Islands demonstrates their strong commitment to skills development in renewable energy.
The ScotWind partnership involving SSE Renewables, Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation and Danish fund management firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the university to deliver targeted education, research and development initiatives. employability.
The partners, who are jointly bidding on the upcoming ScotWind offshore energy seabed leasing process run by Crown Estate Scotland, intend to work with the university to help create the skills needed to develop, build and operate future offshore wind farms in Scotland.
This work would include the promotion of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in primary and secondary schools as well as the development of the university’s curriculum to meet the changing needs of the industry. and the provision of academic capacity to support industrial research.
SSE Renewables Director of Investment Projects, Paul Cooley, said: “We are delighted that our ScotWind partnership has signed this MoU with the University of the Highlands and Islands, which demonstrates our strong commitment to the development of skills.
“SSE has already supported the work of the university for many years and this new partnership will allow us to inspire students to choose STEM careers in the offshore wind industry and deliver the right curriculum to meet the emerging needs of the sector,” including areas such as floating wind and green hydrogen deployment. These skills will be vital to the completion of ScotWind projects to help us meet our net zero consumption obligations. “
Professor Todd Walker, Director and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands, said: “Our mission is to make a transformational impact on the prospects of our region, its economy, its people and its communities.
“ScotWind’s latest offshore leasing round presents a significant opportunity to help achieve Scotland’s ambitions towards net zero goals. It also offers enormous potential for the communities in which our university is rooted, with a need for skills, infrastructure and facilities to support the production of green energy.
The partnership is working together on joint applications for the ScotWind seabed leasing process managed by Crown Estate Scotland, which could enable the future development of around 10 GW of offshore wind in Scottish waters.