Europe's first electricity grid research centre opens in North Lanarkshire

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has welcomed the opening of a multi-million pound electricity grid research centre in Cumbernauld today.

Strathclyde University's world-leading Power Networks Demonstration Centre is a joint venture between the University, Scottish Power Energy Networks, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council. The research centre, equipped with control and simulations systems and is home to a power network independent from the national grid, aims to speed up the adoption of advanced technologies for the electricity sector and convert research into low carbon solutions for the industry.

Alyn, the only Scottish member of the European Parliament's Energy Committee, said:

"With this new research centre, Scotland is once again leading the way on energy in Europe and, in fact, the world.

"It's the gap between research and the market that's the problem for the most cutting edge energy technology and this research centre and our expertise offers the opportunity to bridge that gap.

"This is a huge opportunity we should seize with both hands. We're ahead of the game and that's good news. Scotland is leading in Europe and the world."