May 15, 2024

Over 60 P7 pupils from Dyce School gained valuable knowledge about the renewables industry from STEM sessions run by renewables company, RES.

The interactive workshop formed part of the school’s ‘Weather’ Learning Expedition and focused on ‘Climate, Wind and Renewable Energy’ – exploring how renewables harness the power of the weather and help tackle climate change.

A tailored workbook was developed in advance of the workshop for the children to engage with, and RES involved their project manager, project engineer, and weather expert in the learning sessions. A range of topics were covered including climate change, weather, forms of energy generation and career opportunities available within the renewables sector.

RES’ Aberdeenshire Hill of Fare Wind Farm proposal was also used as a case study to help explain the  key considerations for locating and designing an onshore wind farm as well as timescales and costs associated with such a project.

Gavin Shirley, Development Project Manager at RES, explained: “As RES STEM Ambassadors, we really enjoyed engaging with the pupils, sharing our knowledge and experience, and answering their many questions. It’s been very rewarding – and great to see their enthusiasm and interest in the topics covered. Hopefully, we’ve inspired some of the pupils to consider a career in the renewables industry.”

Gillian Hewitt, Dyce School Depute Head Teacher, added: “A lot of work was clearly put into the presentation and the children really enjoyed the sessions.”

Feedback from some of the pupils included: “Today’s session with Gavin was really good, he explained his job and how RES help the earth with renewable energy” (Lucy) and; “We got to ask lots of questions and he answered them clearly. We learned about windmills, how they get transported to destinations, how much they weigh and how much they cost to install. It’s a huge investment but helps the climate” (Neave).

RES is the world’s largest independent renewable energy company and has been at the forefront of wind energy development for over 40 years. In Scotland alone, RES has developed/or constructed 21 wind farms with a total generation capacity of 597MW.

Scottish Renewables recently reported that in 2021 the renewables industry and its supply chain in Scotland supported more than 42,000 jobs and generated over £10.1 billion in output. Scotland’s renewables industry is expected to continue to grow significantly over the next few years in order to meet net zero carbon emissions and help tackle climate change – offering a wealth of upcoming career opportunities for our younger generation. As such, RES is keen to enthuse the younger generation about renewables and actively supports a wide range of schools and STEM activities across Scotland to help young people develop their knowledge and employability skills.

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AREG is the original energy transition organisation, working on behalf of members to empower the energy supply chain and champion its expertise. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to find out more about membership.

AREG has played an important role in the growth of Scotland’s renewable energy sector, engaging the supply chain and developing the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. However, we are only at the very beginning of the transition that AREG was established to both lead and support so there are still opportunities for companies to get into the constantly evolving renewables supply chain. We look forward to continuing our work together as renewables builds on its place as Scotland’s main source of power, and as we seek to deliver real change in the crucial areas of heat and transport.

Scottish Renewables

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with AREG since its formation. The recent progress in the developments of offshore wind projects by Equinor and Vattenfall are as a result of the work of the group over many years. The north-east is known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. At the Chamber, we believe the region must evolve its position to being recognised as the energy capital. Whilst hydrocarbons will continue to be essential in driving our economy for years to come, the generation of renewable resources will play an increasingly important role in providing cost-effective power, innovative development and economic growth.

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce

The enthusiasm and dedication of the early group that would become AREG was fundamental in us choosing to launch All-Energy in Aberdeen. The first tiny show was held in 2001, and AREG’s Chairman at the time, Jeremy Cresswell, played such an active role that I often describe him in terms such as All-Energy’s ‘midwife’. All-Energy is now the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference in terms of number of attendees, space booked, and number of exhibiting companies. As AREG became firmly established, their presence and support for the event grew spectacularly over the years. We thank them most sincerely for their invaluable input.


Vattenfall has forged a strong working relationship with AREG through the development of the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. AREG has worked tirelessly on behalf of the North East and it can take enormous credit for the growth of sustainable energy in the region and the path it has cleared for the region to capture further investment.


Aberdeen City and Shire is emerging as a key location for renewables by successfully transferring its world-class oil and gas expertise into the sector and AREG has done much to advance this through a broad range of initiatives. It has acted as a catalyst in driving further investment in the local economy by engaging with companies, Government, public bodies and existing projects and we have been pleased to support their efforts. Scottish Enterprise will continue to engage with AREG as we increase Scotland’s use of renewable energy.

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