[RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Aberdeen’s renewable energy industry is set to benefit from a new Research Center and Professorship in Energy Futures in a bid to position Aberdeen as the global energy capital. The University of Aberdeen, The Robert Gordon University and Aberdeen City Council have signed a collaborative agreement to create the new Center and together have contributed GBP 700,000 (USD 900,000) for an initial three-year period. The Energy Futures Research Center and Professorship will significantly strengthen and complement the research capacity of the two universities in renewable energy technologies. Aberdeen City Council is providing half of the funding from the Cities Growth Fund and both universities are contributing equally to the remainder of the funding and will be working together to secure external funding to ensure the long-term future of the Center. Both universities have strong, but complementary research profiles with the energy industries, notably oil and gas. This initiative will build on existing renewable energy capacity in marine energy at the Robert Gordon University and bio-energy and wave expertise at the University of Aberdeen. Both universities have research into fuel cell technologies and excellent links with local industry.