Opportunity Cromarty Firth is delighted to announce plans to open a global centre of excellence on a North Highland College UHI campus, aimed at ensuring Scotland becomes a world leader in future renewable energy technologies.
The Power House will be housed at Tern House, in Alness Point Business Park, Easter Ross, and will bring together the foremost specialist groups in the country (and beyond).
Its aim is to develop innovative applied research and development in the fields of floating offshore wind and green hydrogen. It will also act as a specialist educational hub to provide field studies and modules on these technologies for school children, students and workers interested in the renewable energy sectors, throughout the Highlands and beyond.
Such educational provision will boost awareness and interest among the next generation on the future benefits and capabilities of this technology. It will also provide the opportunity for existing workers from other industries, such as oil and gas and nuclear sectors, to retrain and expand their capabilities.
Ultimately it will create a highly-skilled workforce of tomorrow in Scotland, from trainees and apprentices to fully-qualified technical engineers, able to capitalise on the significant opportunities in renewable projects that will be available in the Highland region over the coming decades.
The centre is backed by Opportunity Cromarty Firth, a collaborative partnership including the University of the Highlands and Islands, as well as other public and private sector organisations such as Port of Cromarty Firth, The Highland Council, HITRANS, and Skills Development Scotland. The partnership has started initial discussions with a wide range of universities and research organisations who wish to make use of the Power House to understand the types of research that would take place and the time scales involved.