Salmond to sign renewable energy research deal in Middle East

It’s expected that Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond will sign a deal with renewable energy research company Masdar on his visit to Abu Dhabi this week to speak at the World Future Energy Summit. The deal will see the Energy Technology Partnership group of 12 Scottish universities work together with the Masdar Institute to develop new green energy technology. The main research areas will be to create new wind, solar, wave and tidal energy products.

Mr Salmond said: “It is clear that the work Masdar is taking forward on leading us to a low carbon society is in perfect synchronisation with the work we are doing here in Scotland.

“This is the first agreement of its kind between Masdar and an individual nation and will work towards developing further university research into renewable energy.”

“This landmark deal rightly puts Scotland firmly at the forefront of the green energy revolution and I look forward to this relationship between Scotland and Masdar growing and delivering for all our global futures.”

Scotland has higher renewable energy targets than the rest of the UK, with a target of generating 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

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