Queen's University’s global contribution to the renewable energy and marine sectors was recognised last week when The Prince of Wales visited the university’s Marine Laboratory (QML) in Portaferry.
His Royal Highness was welcomed by The Lord Lieutenant for Co Down David Lindsay Esq; the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster MLA; Queen’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson; and Martin Wright, managing director of Marine Current Turbines.
The Prince met staff from the School of Biological Sciences who are based at the laboratory and are currently involved in researching the use of algae as a viable source of bio-fuel. Research at the Laboratory also covers the areas of sustainable fisheries, evolutionary ecology and biodiversity.
During a tour of the laboratory and the university’s large scale wave basin, the Prince met members of Queen’s staff, including Professor Trevor Whittaker who was instrumental in the creation of the world’s largest working hydro-electric wave energy device known as Oyster, which is currently installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.
Before leaving, His Royal Highness joined Queen’s staff and guests from the renewable energy sector in Northern Ireland for a lengthy round table discussion on the subject.