Energy supply and security will be among the major issues to be tackled at the Lyell Centre, a pioneering global research facility based at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University.
In a merger with the British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt is the first university in the UK to make a financial investment in tackling energy issues where actual deep ocean floor drilling is mirrored within the research laboratories of the campus, supported by new, cutting edge analytical facilities including the largest, most advanced research aquarium in the UK.
Officially opened last week by Scotland’s deputy first minister John Swinney, world leading academics and scientists are already looking at solutions to critical global problems.
Welcoming the vast potential the Lyell Centre will bring, Mr Swinney, who is also cabinet secretary for education and skills, said:
“The Lyell Centre provides Scotland with a strong platform for solving complex challenges and aims to be at the frontline of delivering future energy needs. That is why I am proud this government, through the Scottish Funding Council, has provided £3.5 million towards the Centre which will contribute not just to Scotland’s needs but those of the wider world as well.”