Edinburgh carbon innovation centre hosts world’s fastest battery-powered car and the ‘Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas’ at international science festival

The world’s fastest battery-powered car, the ‘Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas’ and some of Scotland’s most innovative energy entrepreneurs are just some of the attractions on offer at Scotland’s leading low carbon hub for Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation’s own award-winning low carbon building will play host to two interactive events including a Future Innovation Showcase and Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas as part of the festival in April.

The Future Innovation Showcase will feature top of the range electric vehicles including the Tesla Model S – which can accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds.

Comedian Susan Morrison will host the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas to pit the wits of top thinkers to debate the impact we have on the environment around us.

And a selection of ECCI’s innovative, award winning start-ups will also feature in the Ecoville howcase –  a ‘village of the future’ that zooms in on methods of waste reduction and low carbon living in the city centre.

It features award-winning start-ups Retromixer, Industrial Nature and Hemp Eyewear, which is developing a range of products ranging from a simple water-saving device to plant-based building blocks and glasses frames made from hemp.

The fledgling companies are all part of the Climate-KIC programme at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation which last year helped 17 start-ups scoop 14 awards more than £400,000 in investment and save the equivalent of more than 260,000 tonnes of carbon in a year.

Andy Kerr, ECCI Director, said: “The next 10 years will see fundamental changes in the technologies that transport people and goods, and that create the products and services we use in our homes and our businesses.

“Our partnership with the Edinburgh International Science Festival is a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of these developments, and to challenge people with dangerous ideas about the future.“

For more information about the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas

For more information the Future Innovation Showcase

For more information about Ecoville

8 Feb 2018

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