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An international research project putting local people in the Outer Hebrides at the heart of delivering a low carbon future for their communities. 

What is it?

The Responsible Research and Innovation Policy Experimentations for Energy Transition, RIPEET, is looking at the impacts of bringing together communities, businesses, academia, government, and the environmental sector to explore how to make sure that energy innovation and the transition to low carbon energy is fully inclusive and rooted in responding to regional needs.  

The project is being funded from the EU’s largest ever Research and Innovation programme, the €80bn Horizon 2020. As well as the Highlands and Islands, RIPEET is working with project partners from across Europe and communities in Extremadura in Spain, and Ostrobothnia in Finland. The Scottish project partners are HIE and Community Energy Scotland (CES).

Who can be involved?

We've created a 'Transition Lab' of stakeholders from across Outer Hebrides society to explore what ideal regional energy systems would look like locally in 15-20 years’ time. The Outer Hebrides Lab will be able to actively shape and create change. RIPEET includes €50,000 funding for an ‘open call’ for solutions to meet an identified regional energy need. 

What has happened so far?

The first meetings of the Outer Hebrides “Transition Lab” were held virtually in June and September 2021. Two focus sessions in late 2021 looked at the Outer Hebrides electricity grid and decarbonising marine transport. 2022 will see the Lab working together to identify regional energy needs. 

Representatives from the following organisations are involved with the Lab:

Get in touch if you would like to get involved or know more.


To find out more about the project please get in touch

Contact us

Throughout the project, research will be carried out to understand what common policies, drivers and processes are needed to promote the regional transition to low carbon energy.
Sarah Marshall, RIPEET senior project manager, HIE

International Research

RIPEET is setting up Transition Labs for energy transition in three European territories. The project is built on principles of:

Responsible Research and Innovation;
Transformative, needs-based Innovation;
Place based and context-sensitive Innovation policy;
Policy experimentation.

Partners include:




 Centre for Social Innovation


European Regions Research and Innovation Network


University of Vaasa


The Regional Council of Ostrobothnia


Merinova Technology Centre in Vaasa


Knowledge and Innovation Centre

The Netherlands

Leiden University


Highlands and Islands Enterprise


Community Energy Scotland


Science and Technology Park in Badajoz


The Extremadura Energy Agency


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under H2020-SwafS-2018-2020 / H2020-SwafS-2020-1 | Grant Agreement No. 101006295     




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