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Lews Castle College

Lews Castle College in Stornoway provides a key educational resource for the whole of the Outer Hebrides.  The college is developing as a principal research cluster within the University of the Highlands and Islands, focusing on renewable energy and low carbon research and development.

We are working closely with Lews Castle College on a programme of industry-academic knowledge exchange activities that will build a significant skills base in the locality for the emerging marine energy industry. This knowledge base extends from the first initial resource assessment right through to grid integration studies required for marine renewables.

Our commitment to both the college and area has seen us provide the industry lead, in partnership with Lews Castle College, in the development of the Hebridean Marine Energy Futures programme, with the aim of assisting the Scottish marine energy industry move to commercial scale in the Hebrides, and from there to global markets.

Lews Castle College has developed extensive capabilities in low carbon and renewable energy applied research, through recruitment of multi-disciplinary research-active staff and investment in state-of-the-art computational and experimental facilities. Researchers in the group come from computer science, engineering, physics, mathematics, meteorology, biology, design, economics and policy backgrounds.  Current research strengths are in energy engineering, informatics, computational fluid dynamics and sustainable development.

We are delighted that Aquamarine Power is providing the industry lead in the development of the Hebridean Marine Energy Futures Programme. It is pleasing to see their commitment to the sustainable development of the marine energy industry here in the Hebrides.
Dr Neil Finlayson, Senior Researcher
Lews Castle College, University of Highlands and Islands

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