North of Scotland KTP Centre

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

Current KTP Projects

WINDSWEPT BREWING

WINDSWEPT BREWING

Windswept Brewing is a microbrewery based in Lossiemouth, Moray, producing cask, keg and bottled craft beers. 

in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHi), This KTP will apply a cross-disciplinary approach to increase this microbrewery's operational and economic sustainability by introducing technologies to reduce energy usage and wastewater volume, and enhancing the company's brand identity by engaging the community and other stakeholders in shaping the vision and sharing the sustainability journey as it unfolds.

OTAQ AQUACULTURE

OTAQ AQUACULTURE

OTAQ Aquaculture are a leader in providing solutions for the global aquaculture industry, by developing innovative, technologies and information systems.

Together with the university of Aberdeen, the KTP aims to develop a novel system for the rapid identification of toxic algae species in marine aquaculture waters, which has a database of artificial intelligence (AI) trained to recognise harmful algae based on their morphology and molecular and biological characteristics.

OPTIMAL

OPTIMAL

Optimal provide physical asset management consultancy services targeted at the mining industry. 

Together with RGU this KTP looks to provide research driven insights in design thinking into an entrepreneurial and growing company for driving strategic growth through the optimisation and embedding new business processes and developing a customer-centric culture to streamline service delivery. The project will establish Optimal as a strong market contender through its outputs of creating a culture for open innovation and idea generation driven by an inclusive, close collaboration between staff members and key internal and external stakeholders.

MOTIVE OFFSHORE

MOTIVE OFFSHORE

Established in 2010, Motive Offshore (MO) provides high quality marine equipment & associated services to the onshore & offshore Oil & Gas, Marine and Renewables sectors. 

Partnered with the University of Aberdeen this KTP will integrate technologies into marine back deck equipment, used in the Oil & Gas and Renewables sectors, to collect & analyse utility data, applying optimisation & data science methodologies to enhance operational safety & efficiency and develop new revenue generating products & services.

KISHORN SPECIALIST CONTRACTORS

KISHORN SPECIALIST CONTRACTORS

The insulations division of Kishorn Specialist Contractors is a leading installer of Icynene insulation, operating across Scotland. Icynene is a two-component water blown expanding foam insulator. 

Together with RGU Kishorn aim to establish the impact of applying cavity wall spray foam insulation application on the integrity of timber framed buildings, generating scientific evidence to support its use, allowing the application method to be certificated & enabling these “non-standard” properties to become mortgageable.

GOURMETS CHOICE LTD

GOURMETS CHOICE LTD

Gourmets Choice Limited (GCL) is a producer of fine fresh and smoked fish. Established in 1908, and trading under the brand name Sutherland’s of Portsoy, the business operates out of the historic 17th Century harbour area of Aberdeenshire fishing village, Portsoy.

The company have teamed up RGU to analyse fish waste (including heads, frame, tails and trimmings) and process components to extract and refine by-products (oils, nutrients & minerals) creating marketable products to maximise value from the supply chain, reducing the volume of waste to landfill and associated costs.

IMPAQ TECHNOLOGIES LTD

IMPAQ TECHNOLOGIES LTD

lmpaq Technologies Limited (iMPAQ) is a subsea engineering, design and manufacturing company, specialising in electric motor-driven systems supporting the underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) market.

Together with the university of Aberdeen the project aims to develop a compact, lightweight, medium-voltage DC/DC converter solution for powering underwater vehicles and equipment along cables or umbilicals. This solution will achieve a step-change in efficiency, reliability and performance compared to present power transmission systems, enabling the development of cleaner equipment, minimising the environmental impact of subsea activities.

ICR INTEGRITY

ICR INTEGRITY

ICR Integrity are a global maintenance and integrity company for oil and gas, power, chemical, nuclear and defence sectors.

In partnership with RGU, ICR Integrity (ICR) aim to develop and deploy a business/digital transformation strategy for the development, delivery and support of its range of products and services. To do this the KTP will focus on the products and services which relate to Quickflange.

HARRIS TWEED HEBRIDES LTD

HARRIS TWEED HEBRIDES LTD

Harris Tweed Hebrides (HTH) produces c.75% of all Harris Tweed fabric, processing pure virgin lambswool at their mill and designing & finishing handwoven fabric. The mill prepares yarn warps & transports them to a network of 130+ self-employed home weavers located across Lewis & Harris for hand weaving.

In collaboration with RGU, This KTP seeks to develop new innovative Harris Tweed Hebrides textile products and facilitate international market access, providing year-round and sustainable business demand for the Harris Tweed Hebrides brand and the network of 130+ self-employed home weavers on the island of Lewis and Harris.

HARPER UK

HARPER UK

Harper UK designs and manufactures structural steel for industry. Their services include design, fabrication and project management. They are committed to finding innovative solutions that enhance business performance and meet client specifications.

Harper UK have teamed up with RGU to Design a novel remote recovery system for the decommissioning of concrete mats from the seabed with the use of baskets to recover to the back deck of an offshore support vessel. The system will eliminate the need for divers, improving Health & Safety outcomes and standardising operational costs.

GLOBAL DESIGN INNOVATION

GLOBAL DESIGN INNOVATION

Global Design Innovation (GDi) is an innovative upstream Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) business providing survey (laser scanning), asset management software, engineering/design, fabrication and construction services to the energy sector. 

GDI have aligned with the university of Aberdeen to develop a software tool that automatically recognises equipment from laser scans of production plants. Processing terabytes of scan data automatically, will yield massive savings in engineering time and enable new products and services such as verifying a whole plant design.

EDWARD VINSON LTD

EDWARD VINSON LTD

Edward Vinson Limited (EV) has been successfully breeding and producing soft fruit for over 150 years with a particular focus on strawberry where it presently owns two of the UK's leading varieties: Sweet Eve and Eve's Delight. 

With the help of the James Hutton Institute (JHI) Edward Vinson aims to look at the development of novel tools for marker-assisted breeding in octoploid plant species, to accelerate improved cultivar release of commercial fruit varieties by increasing breeding efficiency, reducing development costs and timescales to achieve commercialisation. Project outputs will allow the company to grow by meeting and responding to changing consumer and market demands.

BLOSSOM GENETICS

BLOSSOM GENETICS

Blossom Genetics is a leading European medical cannabis company supply medical cannabis genetics and products.

Medical cannabis products became legal in the UK in 2018, and registered doctors may now prescribe cannabis derived medicines to patients in need. Together with the James Hutton Institute (JHI) This project aims to provide pharmaceutical manufacturers with bespoke, consistent raw material to support reduction in costs of cannabis-based drugs, thereby greatly improving patients' access to treatment.

ANM GROUP

ANM GROUP

ANM Group are committed to leading Scotland's agricultural industry to achieve technology-driven agricultural best practice combined with responsible sustainable energy generation. The KTP Associate, in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen, will design a co-operative styled business model, supported by a package of renewable energy solutions and integrated agri-tech solutions to aid the specific business needs of the ANM members. Members have expressed to ANM their need for renewable energy technologies to ensure the future of their business operations and meet ever-increasing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of their business

DEANS OF HUNTLY

DEANS OF HUNTLY

Dean’s of Huntly is a family business, recognised as a manufacturer of luxury shortbread & related hand-baked products, both as a brand and own label supplier (Tesco Finest, Aldi). Most of their revenue is generated via B2B retail sales, with a small proportion of B2C sales via their gift shop & e-commerce platform.

They are partnered with RGU to apply business research methodologies to the design, development and deployment of a digital strategy and the associated programme of staff development and cultural change required to enable the company to expand their online B2C sales and grow their traditional B2B markets

ABERDEEN AND GRAMPIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

ABERDEEN AND GRAMPIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

British Chambers of Commerce support and promote business communities across the UK. AGCC has over 1,000 member organisations in addition to a much wider customer and stakeholder base across Aberdeen City and Shire. Robert Gordon University's Creative and Cultural Business School was recently awarded a Management KTP to help AGCC's workforce to develop the skills and understanding necessary to extract intelligence from its existing data, refine data collection and help the organisation deliver effective digital transformation to its membership support activities.

ABERDEEN HARBOUR BOARD

ABERDEEN HARBOUR BOARD

Aberdeen Harbour is the oldest business in the UK and the premier energy industry port in Scotland, with an expansion underway to facilitate renewables and cruise liners. Aberdeen Harbour is collaborating with Robert Gordon University's School of Computing to create a digital system to replace existing decision-making infrastructure, promoting efficiency and profitability and safeguarding against knowledge loss through imminent retirements.

ACCORD ENERGY SOLUTIONS LTD

ACCORD ENERGY SOLUTIONS LTD

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. Their second KTP is underway with Robert Gordon University’s School of Computing 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.

AGRICO UK LTD

AGRICO UK LTD

Agrico UK hold the UK licence to produce, multiply and market seed potato varieties bred by Agrico BV, their Dutch parent company. They work with potato growers throughout the UK to produce certified basic seed potato crops and sell to export and UK home trade customers. In collaboration with Abertay University's Division of Engineering and Food Science, they will design, develop, deploy and evaluate artificial intelligence solutions for gathering data from sensory evaluation home use tests, to optimise selection of new potato varieties, based on acceptable attributes of taste combined with agronomic properties.

AISUS OFFSHORE LTD

AISUS OFFSHORE LTD

AISUS pioneer autonomous inspection technologies and service solutions for the Oil & Gas industry, providing not only the engineers and services to carry out remote inspection but also bespoke tools. They are partnering with Robert Gordon University's School of Computing to create an intelligent data-driven platform utilising images, ultrasonic scans & other data captured by these tools to provide operators with more accurate assessment and predictions of wall loss rate, corrosion and fatigue of offshore assets.

DAVIDSON BROTHERS (SHOTTS) LTD

DAVIDSON BROTHERS (SHOTTS) LTD

Davidsons is a self-funding, family-run business and is the largest manufacturer of ruminant animal feeds in Scotland. James Hutton Institute’s Environmental and Biochemical Sciences department is working on a KTP with Davidsons to develop novel animal feeds by adding edible UK seaweeds to improve their nutritional status, health and value.

ELASMOGEN LTD

ELASMOGEN LTD

Elasmogen is a privately held biopharmaceutical company in Aberdeen, developing a pipeline of soloMER protein drug products (biologics) for the treatment of inflammatory disease. 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.

ENTEROBIOTIX LTD

ENTEROBIOTIX LTD

EnteroBiotix is dedicated to developing and advancing novel treatments for gastric disorders that enable the modulation of the bacterial communities within the gut. University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute and EnteroBiotix are working to develop technology to scale up production of live donor-sourced bacteria, supporting manufacture of novel medicinal products to prevent and treat disease.

MOOR INSTRUMENTS LTD

MOOR INSTRUMENTS LTD

Moor Instruments is a medical device manufacturer, specializing in the development of monitoring & imaging products for blood flow & tissue oxygen measurements in the microcirculation. The University of Dundee and Moor are partnering to develop an innovative medical device for optical imaging of blood flow during keyhole surgery to improve patient outcomes.

NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND

NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND

National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is a conservation charity whose key objectives include the protection and care of Scotland’s heritage and the creation of an efficient and sustainable business that supports their conservation needs. In collaboration with NTS, Inverness College UHI is undertaking a KTP to apply new technologies to land management at Mar Lodge Estate in the Cairngorms National Park.

STIRLING POTATOES LTD

STIRLING POTATOES LTD

Stirling Potatoes Ltd is a family business which prepares root vegetables grown on their own and local farms, supplying public sector organisations and supermarkets with the best quality Scottish produce under the brand name Stirfresh. They are undertaking a KTP with Abertay University’s Division of Engineering and Food Science to develop innovative new products and packaging solutions which optimise the use of fresh vegetable produce and extend shelf-life to enable wider market reach while reducing food wastage.

VERTEBRATE ANTIBODIES LTD

VERTEBRATE ANTIBODIES LTD

Vertebrate Antibodies is a biotech company developing high quality reagents for complex human targets and commercial veterinary species. They recently began their second KTP with the University of Aberdeen, partnering with the School of Biological Sciences to develop a variety of fish health assays for the monitoring of infection, vaccine efficacy and fish health biomarkers in aquaculture.