University of Aberdeen establishes knowledge transfer partnership with ANM


The University of Aberdeen has partnered with one of Scotland’s largest agricultural cooperatives in a new venture that could help farmers generate their own green energy on a large scale.

The university’s business and engineering schools have entered into a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the ANM Group which will see the establishment of a new Renewable Energy Consulting Division to advise farmers and other agricultural businesses on sustainable energy solutions.

The two-year partnership, funded by a UK government grant worth around £ 250,000, will also explore the potential for commercializing a range of agricultural technology solutions.

This could include the development of a micro-wind turbine small enough to be easily erected on existing farmland or buildings, but powerful enough to generate energy used for daily activities and contribute to the national grid.

KTPs help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of the knowledge, technology and skills that reside in the UK’s academic knowledge base. This is the second collaboration between the Business School and the ANM Group.

Center for Energy Transition

The University opened its Center for Energy Transition in May this year and this latest agreement is part of its commitment to play a leading role in research and innovation in the Scottish renewable energy industry.

Adam Smith, Director of Resources at the Business School, said: “This partnership has the potential to position ANM Group as a national provider of renewable energy solutions, with farmers and other agribusiness capable of contributing to a much larger scale to Scotland’s sustainable energy. supply than was previously possible.

Our strategy of partnering with industry has been the key to our success. We have seen the number of students from other UK business schools decline due to the impact of Brexit and the pandemic, while we have doubled in size over the past five years.

“We are delighted that our partnership strategy and our expertise in the sector have been recognized by the group and that we can play such a concrete role in helping the agricultural industry and individual farmers – regardless of acreage – to play a role. role in the cleanliness of Scotland. , the future of green energy.

Reach net zero

Grant Rogerson, Managing Director of ANM Group, said: “As a cooperative we value our collaboration with the University of Aberdeen and by entering into this partnership ANM Group can acquire expertise and technology to help the agricultural sector. to continue its journey towards the net zero objective.

“This joint venture has the ability to position ANM as a leading provider of sustainable solutions within the farming community.

We hope to provide invaluable advice and knowledge to our members and clients, which will allow us to get a head start as we celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2022.

“As a group, we strive to protect the future of our industry and engage with the younger generations. Therefore, this project has landed at a key moment as we look to the future of our industry. ”

The KTP will see a university graduate working full-time on-site at ANM Group’s Thainstone base in Aberdeenshire from early this year.

Depending on the tests, the project could potentially see micro-turbines go into production as early as 2023.


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