North of Scotland KTP Centre

Robert Gordon University University Highlands and Islands University of Aberdeen James Hutton Institute Abertay University

Current KTP Projects


Accord Energy Solutions Ltd are an independent, specialist consultancy providing commercial and operational support to international oil and gas companies, helping clients to realise the true fiscal value of their produced hydrocarbons by providing them with integrated hydrocarbon accounting solutions.  They have just been awarded funding for their second KTP with Robert Gordon University’s School of Computing Science and Digital Media to research, develop, evaluate and implement an innovative Bayesian-based data reconciliation and Gross Error Detection approach for hydrocarbon allocation and attribution using cloud-based software.


Colbeggie Fruits are an innovative soft fruit product supplier, with a packhouse packing several hundreds of tonnes of strawberries and raspberries annually, and biomass boilers heating polytunnels for out-of-season fruit production.  They recently started a KTP project with Abertay University's Division of Food and Drink to improve company productivity and profitability by recovering bioactive compounds with chemoprotective properties from out-grade fruits for use in a stand-alone nutraceutical supplement and as a value-adding ingredient in a number of food industries.



COREX are an international provider of analytical services for the oil and gas industry, helping to improve hydrocarbon recovery, while mitigating risk for exploration and production operators.  They have just started a two-year KTP project with Robert Gordon University’s School of Computing to develop and enhance the commercial value of COREX’s unique UK Continental Shelf drill core data by applying a range of emerging data analysis techniques.


Davidsons is a self-funding, family-run business producing animal feeds in Shotts since 1977 and is the largest manufacturer of ruminant animal feeds in Scotland.  The feed mill is one of the most modern and technically advanced feed manufacturing facilities in Europe, and works on a next-day delivery business model, focussing on high quality feeds that ensure customer satisfaction and repeat business.  In association with Davidsons, the James Hutton Institute’s Environmental and Biochemical Sciences department are currently recruiting a KTP Associate to develop novel animal feeds by adding edible UK seaweeds to improve their nutritional status, health and value.


Elasmogen is a privately held biopharmaceutical company in Aberdeen, developing a pipeline of soloMER protein drug products (biologics) for the treatment of inflammatory disease.  soloMERs are small antibody-like molecules that make up part of the immune systems of sharks, and have drug-like characteristics that make them superior to antibodies for certain diseases.  Elasmogen makes soloMERs in the laboratory and modifies them for use as drugs in humans.  They are teaming up with University of Aberdeen’s Institute of Medical Sciences to develop the knowledge and capability to design, construct and test new and efficacious bi-specific drugs for liver disease, a ‘silent epidemic’ driven by growing levels of obesity and diabetes, and where no effective drug currently exists.


HITRANS is a statutory regional transport partnership established through the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 to deliver transport solutions across the Highlands and Islands.  They are working with Robert Gordon University’s School of Creative and Cultural Business to develop and pilot a rural and island transport innovation planning and appraisal tool, to enhance and mainstream the uptake of transport innovation in the Highlands and Islands and to improve and optimise HITRANS’s strategic decision making.


IDS is engaged in the provision of reporting and analytical services to the upstream oil and gas sector in the UK and Europe as well as to a worldwide client base.  IDS has teamed up with Robert Gordon University’s School of Computing Science and Digital Media to create a data mining and visualisation tool to intelligently mine large volumes of structured and unstructured data in oil and gas operations and the knowledge to further develop and support the tool, improving practice and decision making and increasing client productivity.


Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) was founded in 2013 to make vertical farming commercially viable at scale by combining automation, smart LED lighting and power management in a modular unit for the first time.  They have just started their second KTP project with the James Hutton Institute’s Cell and Molecular Sciences department to develop the capacity to control plant-microbe interactions within the IGS system, to optimise crop production by reducing waste through spoilage and generate a risk framework for ensuring future food safety compliance.


Meatsnacks specialise in the production of jerky, a high protein, gluten free, ready to eat meat snack, leading the UK market with their own brands, as well as manufacturing supermarket own label products.  They are working with Abertay University’s Food and Drink Division to develop an understanding of the science behind their production process and its impact on product quality and to gain knowledge in new product development, in order to create jerky with a better flavour, texture and consistency and widen its appeal and attract new customers.


One of the oldest and most dynamic independent companies in Scotland, Montrose Rope & Sail’s heritage dates from 1789, when it was established to make handcrafted products for the fishing industry.  The company has adapted over time and now applies the same passion and care to design and manufacture a range of products including tarpaulin covers, bungee elastic and high-quality handmade bags for the oil and gas industry.  Montrose Rope & Sail are collaborating with Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University, to develop, manufacture and brand a new range of products within the luxury high-end fashion accessories market, utilising the company’s heritage, existing expertise within manufacture and unique industrial range of products.


NATS safely delivers air traffic control (ATC) services enabling 2.3m flights per annum.  NATS (En-Route) PLC provides en-route ATC services to aircraft flying to, from and over the UK and over the eastern North Atlantic, in some of the world’s most complex airspace.  They are working with a computer game design graduate and Abertay University’s School of Design and Informatics to optimise and enhance current ATC training provision using gamification and emerging technologies.


NRC is the world’s largest oil spill response organisation and the global leader in providing end-to-end environmental, industrial and emergency response solutions.  Their Alness-based company (formerly Sureclean) are undertaking their 5th KTP project with Robert Gordon University, working with the School of Engineering to develop a packaged treatment solution to reduce chloride levels and oil content from liquid wastes.  This will permit re-use of produced water or safe discharge to the environment, reducing the waste volumes stored in remote global areas and the number of waste transfer movements by road and sea.


PJ Stirling is one of Scotland’s largest fruit and vegetable farming businesses.  They are currently working with the Cell and Molecular Sciences Group at the James Hutton Institute to develop premium berries with enhanced health benefits for consumers.


Return to Scene originally developed their 360° photographic survey process and software, R2S, to capture crime scenes.  Diversification into oil and gas allowed exponential expansion and the company is now part of James Fisher Group.  R2S have teamed up with Robert Gordon University’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture to translate the existing R2S visual asset management software for application in the construction industry.


Scot Bio makes and sells phycocyanin, an all-natural pigment extracted from the cyanobacteria spirulina, which is the only internationally approved stable natural blue colourant and is used as a food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical ingredient and as a reagent.  Scot Bio and the CyanoSol Research Group at Robert Gordon University’s School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences were recently awarded funding for a 2-year KTP project to develop the knowledge and capability for valorisation of waste biomass from the production of phycocyanin.


Honeyberries are fruit of the honeysuckle plant and originate from harsh climates such as Japan and Siberia.  The Honeyberry Cooperative was formed in response to the increasing interest of growing Honeyberry fruit in Scotland in order to develop and research cultivation methods, design a route to market and promote Honeyberry products.  They are working on a KTP project with the James Hutton Institute’s Cell and Molecular Sciences department to develop expertise in new fruit product development.


The Turbo Guy is a supplier and remanufacturer of turbochargers to the automotive trade.  They were recently awarded funding for a KTP project with Abertay University’s Dundee Business School to develop and implement a bespoke remanufacturing process whilst developing new BSI/ISO quality standards, allowing a transformation of business productivity and significantly larger market opportunities.


Vertebrate Antibodies is a spin-out biotech company from Aberdeen University, focused on developing monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) to key targets for research and clinical applications.  They are currently creating detection probes and therapeutic agents for tumour markers in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen’s School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition.