A new £8.2million cross-border research centre named after a leading Scottish marine energy scholar opened today at Queen’s University Belfast.
The Bryden Centre for Advanced Marine and Bio-Energy Research was named after the late Professor Ian Bryden, a former head of Aberdeen’s School of Mechanical and Offshore Engineering.
The centre will look to recruit 34 PhD students from the marine and bio-energy disciplines, including those from the University of the Highlands and Islands.
As a cross-broder renewable energy facility, the Bryden Centre will combine the use of tidal power at ocean energy sites in Western Scotland, Strangford Lough and the North Antrim Coast, as well as the potential for wave and tidal power generation in Donegal.
Professor Clive Mulholland, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Highlands and Islands commented: “There is huge potential for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland to lead the way in marine and bio-energy.
“We are proud to collaborate with our partners to develop cutting-edge research and we believe the centre is a fitting tribute to our much missed colleague, Professor Ian Bryden.”
The Bryden Centre is named after the late Professor Ian Bryden, who was a leading expert in marine renewable energy, with a 30 year research career in fields associated with energy and hydrodynamics and a key architect of the programme.
Acting vice-chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, Professor James McElnay, added: “The role of Queen’s University in leading the Bryden Centre for Advanced Marine and Bio-Energy Research is substantial to the University and to the entire renewable energy sector in Northern Ireland and Ireland, producing vital cross-border research.
“Queen’s is already renowned for its research in this area through the Centre of Advanced Sustainable Energy. This partnership will continue to build and expand our expertise and help to develop the next generation of leaders in renewable energy research and education.”