Funds for ETC

Following a successful two-year pilot phase Scottish Enterprise has committed funds to develop its Energy Technology Centre (ETC) in East Kilbride and expand its range of activities.

A new three year contract, structured to generate economic benefit in Scotland through innovative technologies, has been awarded by Scottish Enterprise to a consortium of businesses led by TUV NEL. The consortium comprises TUV NEL, New Park Management, Optimat, Orion Innovations and John Brown Engineering.

According to a statement, the new contract will ensure that the ETC can contribute to low carbon energy technology developments within the UK.

Under the themes of renewable energy and sustainable transport, ETC pilot scheme projects included work on small wind turbines, fuel cells, biomass gasification and the development of hybrid vehicles.

‘Low carbon energy technology will be one of the most important areas of innovation in the next decade and the ETC will help to ensure that Scotland and the rest of the UK play a significant part in its development,’ said Scottish Enterprise’s Terry Hogg. ‘The ETC’s two year pilot scheme proved that there is a really diverse range of strong ideas out there, which given appropriate support should secure our position as a global player in this vital sector.

‘The new contract will allow the ETC to continue to develop its range of services and progress low carbon energy innovations towards commercial viability.’

The consortium provides expertise across a number of disciplines including energy technology development, marketing and management consultancy, through to the identification and accessing of funds.

‘This is an exciting opportunity for technology innovators to draw upon the expertise available from the consortium partners with the full support of Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire,’ added John Bingham, Head of TUV NEL’s Low Carbon Technologies business. ‘We believe that the ETC will bring tangible economic benefits for all stakeholders and help deliver potentially world leading technologies to market.’