The Smart Accelerator has announced its final list of 16 supported projects in Scotland – each of which will receive direct support in order to create fully packaged partnerships ready for investment.
The Smart Accelerator creates the enabling framework for ‘smart’ city regions and sustainable islands projects in Scotland.
ECCI and the Smart Accelerator offer a range of opportunities to benefit projects including industrial and technological expertise, SME networking, business and commercial know-how and partnerships.
The selected projects are at the intersection of low carbon mobility, energy and the use of proven technology to facilitate the development of smarter and more sustainable cities, communities and islands.
The eight smart city, three sustainable island and five smart mobility projects are:
- The Green Transport Hub (That Friday Feeling)
Falkirk Wheel Green Refurbishment (Scottish Canals)
- Linlithgow Community Energy (Linlithgow Natural Grid)
Residential Thermal Imaging (Aberdeen Council)
- Shawfair Low Carbon New Town (Buccleuch Property)
Intelligent Street Lighting (Glasgow Council)
- The Mobility Integration Living Lab (Dundee Council)
Tay Eco Valley (Perth & Kinross Council)
- Orkney Electric Future (Orkney Council)
Stornoway Low Carbon Hub (Community Energy Scotland with Western Isles Council)
- Sustainable Harbours (Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL)
Demand Responsive Transport Integration – Transport Scotland
- Smart Corridor (Arup Group)
Smart City Mobility IQ – IBI Group
- Mobility Scheduling and Optimisation (Route Monkey)
Simply Connect – Sustainable Environment Ltd.
All of these individual projects will receive advice and practical support ranging from funding, management, marketing and communications, to industry, academic and international expertise.
Scotland’s Transport Minister Keith Brown, MSP, said: “I would like to congratulate the successful cities and islands projects which will receive support from the Smart Accelerator programme.
This innovative programme aims to promote sustainable economic growth, support the delivery of our world-leading low carbon targets and promote job creation in SMEs to develop a low carbon future.”
Andy Kerr, Director, ECCI, commented: “Scotland has huge advantages for leading the low carbon economy: it has both the ‘know-how’ to support energy transformation, and the capacity for joined-up approaches between public and private enterprises. The Smart Accelerator is evidence of just this.”
The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) – hosted by the University of Edinburgh – is an innovation hub that works with and brings together leading thinkers and practitioners from business, the public and third sectors and academia to address the complex problems associated with the transition to a low carbon future – “turning good ideas into reality”.
Working on projects around the world ECCI’s focus is on three areas – Enterprise & Innovation, Skills & Learning, and Policy.