Scottish manufacturer creates 23 new jobs in £33m solar-diesel energy storage-units factory

Nicola Sturgeon, MSP, is clearly impressed by the power technology at the Aggreko factory
Nicola Sturgeon, MSP, is clearly impressed by the power technology at the Aggreko factory

A Glasgow-based manufacturer is to creating 23 new jobs in designing and building a new range of power generators, which are more efficient, have significantly lower emissions and utilise cheaper and alternative fuels.

Aggreko is investing £33 million into the low-carbon project – supported by a £1.5 million Scot-Govt grant – at its Dumbarton factory.

This will enable the company to increase the use of solar-diesel hybrid energy storage products, develop new methods to use waste heat to provide additional energy and create more energy-efficient diesel and gas fuel solutions.

Chris Weston, Aggreko’s chief executive, said: “Power generation and energy markets are going through a fundamental change and businesses, organisations and governments across the globe are having to respond rapidly to this changing energy landscape.

“The Scottish Government has identified the need for a low-carbon economy and increased innovation as a top priority and we’re delighted with its support for our future technology initiative.”

On a tour of the factory, Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister, added: “As our Scottish Energy Strategy sets out, it is crucial that we find new ways to ensure energy is produced efficiently, and integrates renewable and low carbon technology – as is the case with these developments by Aggreko.”

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