The ECCI Smart Accelerator brings together and, by so-doing, acts as a catalyst for taking ‘smart’ city and sustainable island projects from ‘good ideas’ to investment-ready packages.
Dr. Andy Kerr, Director, ECCI, said: “The Smart Accelerator is support these 16 projects by providing advice and practical support, ranging from funding, management, marketing and communications, to industry, academic and international expertise.
“We have a balanced portfolio of projects covering a mix of low-carbon areas and spread across Scottish towns, cities and island communities.
“One of the main aims of yesterday’s showcase was to bring these projects together to meet one another, to develop relationships and create personal networks.”
Similar follow-up events will be held in January and March 2015.
Ed Craig, Head of Enterprise and Innovation at the ECCI, added: “One of the key things we hope will emerge from the Smart Accelerators is for these projects to develop ‘global replica-bility’ and which can be built and exported from Scotland.”
Showcase presentations were provided by, among others, Felix Wright from Community Energy Scotland which is collaborating with Western Isles Council in the Stornoway Low Carbon Hub, which aims to identify fresh opportunities for hydrogen production and use in the islands and to increase local renewable energy generation.
The Tay Valley Eco project aims to install a heat-exchanger in the River Tay in Perth to provide low-cost energy to local schools and nearby homes.
In the Shawfair new town development (just off the Sheriffhall roundabout on the city bypass) in Edinburgh, Buccleuch Estates aims to tap into geo-thermal heat-transfer energy via dis-used Monktonhall coal mines, while the Arran-based Sustainable Harbours project aims to capture the maximum potential wave and tidal energy potential in small harbours around Scotland.
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.