Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen has long been recognised as a world leader in marine renewable energy research. The Centre for Research in Energy and the Environment (CRE+E) has received substantial research funding for tidal energy projects and was a key player in the Sound of Islay tidal array project now run by Scottish Power Renewables. The expanding research team is currently involved in energy resource assessment, novel turbine design, structurally significant turbulence, sediment distribution and the development of a subsea support structure for areas of extreme tidal currents.
Beyond marine we have just completed a study of sustainable energy resource modelling for a 2000 home development in Aberdeenshire using bespoke software created at RGU and have strong capability in numerical analysis using Fluent, Matlab, etc.
CUSP, the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Practice, is a focal point for University activities relating to the renewable agenda. CUSP has received £0.5million funding to investigate the behaviour change implications of sustainable development including the social and business demands of using new technologies and intelligent buildings.
The university now includes renewable energy within the study of options for its engineering undergraduates, and the innovative ‘energy portfolio’ of MSc. courses combines environmental engineering with energy exploration. The MSc portfolio has been further enhanced in 2013 with the introduction of new courses in offshore renewables and energy and sustainability. This latter course is truly multidisciplinary, combining modules from the Faculty of Health and Social Care and Aberdeen Business School as well as Faculty of Design and Technology.
For further information contact:
Professor John Watson
Dean, Faculty of Design and Technology
Robert Gordon University
T: +44(0)1224 263500