Announcing the funding, part of the £62m Energy Transition Fund, net zero minister Michael Matheson said: “The Scottish Government is wholly committed to ending our contribution to climate change by 2045, and doing so in a way that ensures a just transition to net zero, making sure no-one is left behind. “We want to secure jobs for the energy workforce and create new jobs in the north east – and across Scotland – by seizing the huge opportunities our energy transition and wider journey to net zero present. “The Energy Transition Fund is helping the energy sector to grow and diversify and accelerate the journey to net zero, and underpins the north-east’s ambitions to become a world leader in this transition. “This funding will help the Net Zero Technology Centre, working with industry and academia, to grow Scotland’s role as a global leader in net zero technology solutions, delivering security of energy supply, diversifying the sector, and creating the next generation of highly skilled, green jobs.” The projects involved include “energy hubs” producing low carbon hydrogen which can be integrated with Scotland’s offshore wind resources, a plan to export hydrogen by repurposing existing pipelines, developing gas turbines to provide a low carbon alternative to natural gas and the building of an offshore industrial Robots and Autonomous System centre focused on supporting the energy transition.
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