Enhancing Scotland’s zero-emission innovation capability


The Scottish Government is supporting the establishment of a new academic and industry network for zero-emission mobility solutions.

Working with the Energy Technology Partnership, the goal is to bring together academia and industry so that Scotland can draw on its world-class pool of knowledge and expertise. The main benefit of this approach is to create an improved environment for co-ordinated research activities, which should lead to new areas of innovation and opportunities for commercial growth.

This builds on new clusters of innovation for zero-emission transport solutions. This includes the Hydrogen Accelerator at St Andrews, the Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre Scotland and Power Networks Demonstration Centre at the University of Strathclyde, and the LOCATE project to establish and operate a drivetrain testing facility based at the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc in Dundee.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said:

“In establishing this new network for academic and industry research, I hope we can greatly accelerate the development of zero-emission transport solutions developed here in Scotland.

“Many of the organisations involved will be able to take advantage of the new clusters for innovation we’re developing across the country and work to create a steady stream of projects intended to eliminate transport emissions and respond to the climate emergency.

“I’m pleased that this work stems from recommendations made through the Scottish Government’s Industry Advisory Group on zero-emission mobility solutions. There’s a real appetite for this type of collaboration and I’m grateful to the Energy Technology Partnership for their support in facilitating this work.”

Sir Jim Macdonald Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde said:

“The Energy Technology Partnership has a decade long track record of building academic networks based on Scotland’s world-class capability and resources in energy research and innovation. I am delighted that ETP and Transport Scotland are establishing a new collaboration through a range of projects that will have a positive impact on zero-emission mobility and deliver socio-economic benefits for Scotland.”