Scottish Consortium for the BRIDGE Project (Team Scotland)

LEAD PARTNER: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI)

Ed Craig, Deputy Director

The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCi) is a national and global hub for the knowledge, innovation and skills required to create a low carbon economy.  Its award winning Edinburgh centre provides the place and space for “low carbon leaders”, inclubates and accelerates organisations and enterprises and networks from business, finance and the public sector to work together to deliver a low carbon future.  Hosted by the world leading University of Edinburgh the Edinburgh Centre creates a unique platform for supporting Government policy implemetation; enhancing business enterprise and innovation and delivering skills training.

ECCI is quickly becoming a leader in brokering and accelerating the development of smart city and sustainable island initiatives and partnerships.  Their leadership role in the Bridge project in combination with sixteen major Scottish city and island initiatives through the smart accelerator project ( as well as strong partnerships with a variety of island states and Governments including Hong Kong and Ecuador (Gallapolis Islands) makes them well placed to support and drive team Scotlands suppport of the Bridge project

ECCI is currently establishing a centre in Hong Kong and is active globally including access to centres and live project and partnerships in the USA, India, China, Brazil, Mexico, the Caribbean and South Korea.

Scottish Development International – Alison McKinlay

Scottish Development International (SDI) is the Scottish Government’s award-winning global business development organisation.  We aim to attract inward investment to Scotland and to help Scottish companies to trade successfully overseas.  We have recently been named the “world’s most consistently high-performing business development agency” by GDP Global Development.

With a global network of experienced and committed staff in 23 locations worldwide soon to be increasing to 30, we provide tailored business development support to Scottish organisations trading overseas.  We also act as a professional gateway for inward investment clients looking to source expertise, products, services and funding support for new business ventures within Scotland.  SDI works across a wide variety of priority sectors including Education, Energy, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Food & Drink and Tourism.  We play an active role in helping Scottish organisations to identify opportunities to work with the main IFI’s including the Inter American Development Bank (IDB).  Scottish Government has an MOU with the IDB and is focusing on the low carbon agenda.  A two year secondment to the IDB of a marine energy expert from Scotland, to highlight the potential of marine energy throughout the LAC region, has now been completed.

Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) – Barrie Shepherd

The Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) is an alliance of Scottish Universities.  It covers four main areas: capacity building and collaboration across universities; relationship building (strategic partnerships between industry and academia); internationalisation; and economic impact.  It covers around 250 academics and 600 researchers.  ETP has brought together all university provision in the Energy field, enabling the scale and nature of Scottish HE provision to be seen as a collective offering. It acts as a channel for communication and funding.  A key point is that ETP is coordinating and promoting all university provision as a collective whole, whereas previously it has been all about individual Higher Education Institutes.  ETP has created closer links between universities and employers, and between universities and colleges. Industry should get a much better picture now of the provision available across the whole of Scottish Higher Education.  ESP is doing similar for colleges. They are able to identify opportunities / needs and then put employers in contact with the most appropriate provider.  

Energy Skills Partnership (ESP) – Jim Brown,  Director

The Energy Skills Partnership was established in 2011 as a network of colleges in Scotland with a strong interest in the energy sector.  It is led by Dundee College and was supported by core funding of £100k pa annum by the Scottish Funding Council.  The partnership comprises of a ‘core’ membership of 25 of Scotland’s colleges. It aims to establish a high performing energy community which can respond flexibly and be responsive to industry requirements.  It aims to do this through pooling expertise and resources, and reducing unnecessary duplication.  

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) – Robert Orr

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland's skills agency, focused on contributing to Scotland's sustainable economic growth through the delivery of the Scottish Government's Economic and Skills Strategies. SDS, in partnership with industry and stakeholders, produced the Skills Investment Plan for Energy in 2011 for the Scottish Energy Advisory Board.

Please see attached a list of CPD courses which gives an example of the wide range of available CPD courses which can be tailored for local use and delivered locally based on the demand identified in Stage 1 of the project (Appendix 1)

University of Strathclyde – Jane Andrews

The University of Strathclyde has been developing activities and plans in the area of Energy for Development in partnership with several international development agencies.  These activities have been running since 2005 and have grown substantially in that time.  The University of Strathclyde has significant expertise, capacity and ongoing programmes in the energy field include electrical systems, renewable energy and smart grid.  Knowledge transfer, academic development, field trial and roll-out activities have been developed in the international development arena areas of off-grid solutions, solar photovoltaic and community energy.

Our overarching aim is to address the significant role that energy plays in the Millennium Development Goals and the UN ‘Sustainable Energy for All’ initiative. 

Summary of Activities

  • Malawi Renewable Energy Acceleration Programme (MREAP) large scale multi stranded renewable foundation building programme (2012-2014) with £1.7m funding from Scottish Government: policy support, community and off-grid energy, wind power feasibility and academic capacity building.
  • UK student participation in solar power projects in-country (2005-present) funded by private donations, University of Strathclyde Alumni & Development Fund, Fondation Espace, UNESCO UK National Committee.
  • Malawi Community Rural Electrification and Development (CRED) off-grid renewable energy project (2008-2011) funded by Scottish Government International Development Fund and UNESCO UK National Committee.
  • Industry-Government-Academic Renewable energy research centre proposal in development in Mexico and Columbia.
  • Academic research exchange with University of Malawi staff registered for MPhil degrees in renewable energy at Strathclyde (2009-present) 

Glasgow Caledonian University – Fiona Stewart-Knight  Member of ETP

 At Glasgow Caledonian University we have refined a business centric approach to the design and delivery of professional and corporate education under the banner ‘Business Academies’. We are passionate about a partnered approach to knowledge and capacity building and have established a reputation for flexible, high value, customised business educational solutions.  Our core focus is on human capital and investment in people through educational solutions and capacity building to ensure that they achieve their potential.  In designing our programmes we consider the strategic objectives in combination with personal development plans or needs so that personal achievement perpetuates the attainment of strategic organizational goals. We deliver standard and bespoke solutions framed through a work-based learning philosophy.  We achieve this through close partnership and collaboration with our clients, flexibility of delivery through distance and blended learning and finally through accreditation of knowledge.  The magic that we work is in bringing academic and work-based knowledge together to allow learners reflective practice space. We work nationally and internationally, with the private, public and Third sectors and apply our approach to the many academic disciplines of the university.

The School of Engineering and the Built Environment has a history of encouraging women into the construction and engineering sectors.  This has in the main been achieved through active promotion of courses to girls and women specifically as well as through employer forums, networking and female alumni.  The school has many leading female academics in engineering, agricultural sustainability, hydraulics, computing and user interface to name but a few.  Mentoring and networking is a core element of support for women participating in programmes within this school.  The school also works closely with The Women’s Engineering Society a professional, not-for-profit network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. Working in partnership, they campaign to encourage women to participate and achieve as engineers, scientists and as leaders.

Kickstart is an innovation network of Higher Education Institutions in Europe and Latin America that aims to identify needs and best practices for the training of innovation professionals, and supports the creation of transnational alliances, collaborations and international start-ups.

[1] There’s interest from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to collaborate with the IDB in the development of Component 1 in some OECS countries.

[2] Sustainable energy includes Energy Efficiency (EE), including production, use, reduction in transmission losses, and conservation, as well as Renewable Energy (RE), including wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, and waste to energy and more.

[3] E.g., due to concerns and raised awareness over high fossil-fuel prices, the uncertainty of available fossil fuel reserves, and to some extent the desire to be more sustainable.

[4] The tourism industry is a clear example of a sector that has a growing need for trained individuals in sustainable energy (in tourism agencies and tourism services, such as hotels).

[5] This was one of the main conclusions from an IDB Caribbean Policy Dialogue on Science, Technology, and Innovation held in 2011.

[6] In the Caribbean women continue to struggle with barriers associated with gender segregation in the labor market and wage gaps; in fact, in Barbados and Jamaica, women earn 38% and 52% less than men in the electricity sector, respectively.

[7] Recent estimates show that a 10% increase in broadband penetration in developing countries is associated with a 1.38 percentage point increase in economic growth (World Bank, 2010). 

[8] A challenge is a well-formed problem whose solution has value to a company. Challenge Driven Innovation is an innovation framework that accelerates traditional innovation outcomes to help organizations develop and implement actionable solutions to their key opportunities and challenges. (This is done by leveraging open innovation and crowdsourcing along a defined methodology, process, and tools).