Plans have been unveiled for an engineering graduate to begin the task of working with the offshore wind and green hydrogen industries to identify key areas of R&D needed to support the rapid expansion in renewable projects off Scotland’s shores.
The initial placement will be for six months and will be funded by the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland’s (NMIS) graduate training scheme using the National Transition Training Fund, set up as part of the Covid-19 recovery programme and is administered by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).
The graduate will play a key role in coordinating a steering group to lead the development of the new PowerHouse research, development and education facility, which is to be housed at Tern House, on Alness Point Business Park, Easter Ross.
They will work with partners, including facility hosts North Highland College UHI, NMIS, SDS and the Opportunity Cromarty Firth consortium to highlight gaps in current research and develop new joint research studies to accelerate and improve floating offshore wind and green hydrogen technologies. As well as collaborating with various academic partners to deliver Continuing Professional Development (CPD), further education, higher education and STEM level course materials and resources.
The PowerHouse will 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, to ensure people across the region have the skills and experience to take advantage of these nationally significant projects being constructed in the region.