October 2016 Hong Kong Trade Mission

Scottish Companies on the International Low Carbon Trade Mission to Hong Kong and Eco Expo Asia 2016

Team Scotland partners SDI (Scottish Development International) and ECCI are leading the 4th Scottish Low Carbon trade mission to Hong Kong this autumn. This trip will introduce Scottish companies to senior Hong Kong business in key, cross-cutting sectors, as well as academic, environmental and government representatives. We will help you explore potential partnerships, routes to market, customers and business growth opportunities in the medium to long-term. 

Supported SMEs include:


Albagaia Ltd Pinnacle House Mill Road Industrial Estate Linlithgow EH49 7SF Scotland, UK Contact: Graham Tyrie Tel: +44 (0)1506 841804

Email: info@albagaia.com Web: www.hydrosense.biz

Albagaia is the manufacturer of a breakthrough technology for the rapid detection of Legionella. The Hydrosense test provides results on site within 25 minutes, compared to lab tests which usually take 14 days. The test is supported by a smartphone test reader app and an online Logbook, which makes Hydrosense Legionella testing one of the most complete in the world today.

  • Hydrosense – real time risk management of Legionella
  • Rapid – the world’s fastest Legionella test
  • On site – no transportation of samples, immediate on-site results
  • Simple to use – no specialist training required 
  • Accurate – more accurate than lab testing for the most dangerous Legionella strain 
  • Control – record and report results with the HydroSense Smartphone App test Reader.

Aurora Sustainability

236 Pineridge The Park, Findhorn Forres Moray IV353TZ Scotland, UK Contacts: Isabella Guerrini; Iain Findlay Tel: +44 (0)7724 062010

Email: info@auroracons.org Web: www.auroracons.org

Aurora Sustainability aims to facilitate the transition of organisations towards sustainability through the whole lifecycle of Sustainability Strategy. We work to increase sustainability and circular economy values in setting up Circular Economy pilots, especially related with bioeconomy topics. We assist businesses in bridging the gap between the linear knowledge base and industry, acting as a ‘one-stop shop’ for businesses in the Circular Economy/Bioeconomy, from initial R&D through to commercial products and services in: 

  • Agri-tech innovations and agri-food chain resilience 
  • Value from biowastes 
  • High-value chemicals from biomass and natural products advanced soil restoration systems and renewable chemicals

We broker:

  • networking and dialogue 
  • open access research, development and demonstration facilities training and exchange of skilled staff  
  • support for regional bio-based supply chains
  • development of appropriate business growth space with CE Pilot assessments
  • inward investment and trade/export
  • advocacy with policy makers

BRE Scotland 

Orion House SETP East Kilbride G75 0RD Scotland, UK Contact: Mr Rufus Logan, Director Tel: +44 (0)1355 576200 Mob: +44 (0)7800 622907

Email: loganr@bre.co.uk Web: www.bre.co.uk/scotland

Our mission: To build a better world together

Our vision: To make an unmistakable imprint on a highly regarded built Environment Expert, impartial research, knowledge and advice for the built environment sector and beyond.

BRE helps government, industry and business to meet the challenges of our built environment. Today’s need to combat climate change, and the significant economic and social issues we now face, are no exceptions.

BRE is an independent and impartial, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, offering expertise in every aspect of the built environment and associated industries. We help clients create better, safer and more sustainable products, buildings, communities and businesses - and we support the innovation needed to achieve this.

As well as our Watford Headquarters, we operate from regional offices in Scotland and Wales, to provide services that include:

  • Consultancy
  • Research
  • Testing
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability
  • Training and events

What does BRE stand for? We were set up in 1921 as the Building Research Station (BRS). This became the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in 1972. Since being privatised in 1997, we have called ourselves simply ‘BRE’.

Ekko Waste Solutions

Alloway House 6 Alloway Place Ayr KA7 2AA Scotland, UK Contacts: Brian Williamson, Managing Director; Robin Murray, Director Tel: 0333 456 7800 / +44 (0)7980 808266

Email: brian@ekkoglass.com Web: www.ekkoglass.com

Ekko Waste Solutions have researched development and delivered unique glass crushing machines and collection services suitable for closed loop recycling. We have 20,000 tonnes of successful evaluation, a flattering ZWS case study, several national awards, a portfolio of blue chip clients and a trading history showing exceptional growth and profitability.

Our Glass Crushing machine uniquely produces “super cullet” which can be used for closed loop optical sorting and glass recycling which greatly reduces manufacturing related CO2. The 80% reduction physical size of the glass bottles also delivers 80% reduction in required storage space, 80% reduction in related vehicle movements, 80% reduction in logistics related CO2 and can also deliver silent collections where required.

GS Renewables

52 Barnego Road Denny FK6 6LE Scotland, UK Contact: Thomas Vaughan, Managing Director Tel: +44 (0)7769 207651 Mob: +353 87 614 3000

Email: thomas.vaughan@vaughanrt.com Web: www.geothermal-solar.com

With 17 years in the renewables industry, GS Renewables continually strive to maintain our position at the forefront of bespoke, energy efficient mechanical design. Our team of highly qualified industry professionals have a vast wealth of experience to draw on in every aspect of design and implementation of renewable mechanical installation. In particular our great attention to detail and sympathetic approach to maintaining the architectural and historical integrity of the buildings we work with has gained us a niche in the market for work with historically significant buildings and also with businesses for whom downtime and loss of productivity is not a possibility.

Over this time we have enjoyed continued industry recognition for our innovation including the following accolades;

  • Finalist for Commercial Air source Heat Pump installation, National Heat Pump awards 2012.
  • Special Commendation Energy Efficiency Award 2012.
  • Winning the National Heat Pump awards for controls and monitoring in 2013.
  • Finalist National Energy Roadshow awards 2014.
  • Finalist National Heat Pump Awards large domestic Air Source Heat Installation.2014
  • Winning National ACR & Heat Pump Awards 2016 for best Geothermal installation innovative collector design to increase efficiency and COP.

We have also recently completed a prototype design installation for use in the poultry industry which has resulted in an unheard of 180kw return on 1kw of bought energy.


2A Houston Interchange Business Park Livingston EH54 5DW Scotland, UK Contacts: Kate Armitage, Projects & Strategy Director; Jonas Griem, Business Consultant Tel: 0845 643 5731 / +44 (0)7833 496 820

Email: kate.armitage@routemonkey.com Web: www.routemonkey.com 

Route Monkey is the developer of self-learning, multi-criterion, algorithm based optimisation software. Our emphasis is on the optimisation of transport and energy, in particular reducing the carbon intensity of these sectors through the application of our algorithms. We offer routing and scheduling optimization for fleets, typically reducing fleet mileage by as much as 20% in addition to automating the planning process.

We also specialize in the integration and optimization of electric vehicles within commercial fleets. We have developed our own IP in these areas. Our software is typically cloud based, and taking complex data feeds through multiple APIs.

Benefits include:

  • Automated planning process (allocation of jobs to vehicles and drivers, specified routes)
  • Optimised planning (typically saves up to 20% on fuel costs, improves efficiency and increases capacity)
  • Web based, real time dynamic scheduling
  • Integrated telematics functionality, tracking vehicles and exception reporting
  • Planning according to business priority (cheapest, quickest, lowest carbon)
  • Available as licenced or SaaS option with Pay as you Go
  • Specialising in the integration of Ultra low carbon vehicles
  • Able to offer charging management solutions for electric vehicles.

Sunamp Ltd 

1 Satellite Park Macmerry East Lothian EH33 1RY Scotland, UK Contact: Maurizio Zaglio, International Business Development Manager Tel: +44 (0)1875 610001 / +44 (0)7516 600898

Email: maurizio.zaglio@sunamp.co.uk Web: www.sunamp.co.uk

Sunamp Ltd is a world leader in thermal energy storage, having developed a highly efficient, non-toxic, low cost heat battery system. Heat storage is key to making renewables and energy efficiency work.

With energy prices at an all-time high, there is an increasing demand for alternative cost-effective energy sources for commercial and domestic use. Recognising this need, Sunamp has developed the Sunamp Heat Battery – an innovative and highly efficient heat energy storage system that can deliver space heating/cooling and hot water.

Sunamp Heat Batteries are a packaged store of heat energy comprised of Phase Change Materials (PCMs), i.e. materials that absorb or release heat when they change from solid to liquid and vice versa.

Sunamp Heat Batteries are capable of storing more than double more heat than an equal sized hot water tank, and due to their renewable nature are much lower cost and higher efficiency than competing technologies.

Sunamp Heat Batteries are scalable; they can be tailored to the specific application they’re being used for. As such, the product is equally effective for large-scale industrial use as for compact automotive solutions.

Today, Sunamp can offer Heat Batteries for the building and automotive environment.


CodeBase Argyle House Edinburgh EH3 9DZ Scotland, UK Contact: Dr Michael Groves, CEO Tel: +44 (0)7798 892045

Email: michael.groves@topolytics.com Web: www.topolytics.com

Topolytics is changing the way organisations view and manage their environmental risks and performance. Its cloud-based software product uniquely uses online mapping to provide powerful insights into granular data on waste, emissions and resource efficiency. The Topolytics offer includes environmental data expertise, analytics and reporting assurance – packaged in a way that is modular, scalable and affordable.

Topolytics has been named the UK’s best environmental management and monitoring technology and is recognised by Tech Republic as a top ten start-up. Topolytics is the only cleanweb company operating from CodeBase in Edinburgh, one of the UK’s leading software incubators.

In summary, Topolytics:

  • Uniquely uses maps and spatial analytics to change the way organisations view and manage waste, emissions and resource efficiency.
  • Works with real-time and manual environmental data – from sensors to spreadsheets.
  • Provides instant reporting – making the latter powerful, frictionless and fast.
  • Links to third party data and systems.
  • Offers a user interface and user experience found in the best consumer apps.
  • Is readily deployable in the cloud or locally hosted.
  • Can be customised and is responsive to new requirements.

University of Edinburgh/Edinburgh School of Architecture 

Minto House 20 Chambers Street Edinburgh EH1 1JZ Scotland, UK Contact: Remo Pedreschi, Professor of Architectural Technology Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2301 / +44 (0)7769 584667

Email: r.pedreschi@ed.ac.uk Web: www.ed.ac.uk

The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Architecture (ESALA) combines with the academic rigour of a leading International University and the sense of creative enquiry and experimentation of Edinburgh College of Art. It is committed to a low carbon future and embeds, for example, the Circular Economy in its teaching and research.

In the last research assessment exercise in 2014 it was ranked as one of the top schools in the UK. ESALA is one of the largest Schools of Architecture in the UK, nearly 50 full-time staff over breadth of expertise in architectural design, engineering, construction, sustainability, digital design and fabrication. It is able to develop responsive multi-disciplinary approaches to a wide range of problems and projects.

ESALA actively promotes research and design applied to contemporary issues facing building and construction including the sustainable design and the industrialization. It has extensive experience working in collaboration with the construction sector in commercially driven projects, either problem solving or development of new systems and processes.

ESALA has some of the best equipped workshops of any school of Architecture in the UK; combined with skilled technical support these facilities provide the ideal environment for design, large scale prototyping and research.

Waste Heat Recovery Ltd/ WHRL Solutions 

High Garphar By Straiton Maybole Ayrshire KA19 7QT Contact: Stephen Faulkner, Managing Director Tel: +44 (0)7831 626448

Email: stephen@whrlsolutions.com Web: www.whrlsolutions.com

The WHRLflo system generates hot water for FREE on an industrial scale by recovering the heat shipped by refrigeration systems in the most economical way seen in the market today. This heat is normally either dumped into the atmosphere or recovered in an inefficient and unreliable manner.

Our USP is that we can capture heat energy, in the form of hot water, much more efficiently than the competition, through our patented WHRLflo cycle. As a business we are focused on heat recovery as our core discipline. In most customers we have found one supplier dealing with refrigeration, possibly supplying a form of heat recovery as a sub-stream and another dealing with the hot water heating. Our business model offers a focus and expertise both on cooling and hot water, two of the most essential inputs in safe food production.

We provide zero carbon heat not just low carbon heat.

We have a full range of retrofit heat recovery systems to ‘bolt on’ to any existing refrigeration system and also a full range of complete refrigeration units with integrated heat recovery systems already built.

All of our systems feature remote access and control allowing connection through a smartphone or tablet.

Sgurr Energy 

225 Bath Street Glasgow G2 4GZ Scotland, UK Contacts: Cathryn Chu, Regional Director of APAC; Can Poon, Senior Project Manager

Email: cathryn.chu@sgurrenergy.com Tel: +86 13911790377 Web: www.sgurrenergy.com

SgurrEnergy, a Wood Group Business is a leading renewable energy consultancy, providing engineering and technical advisory services in onshore and offshore wind, solar, wave and tidal and hydro projects.

We have the capability to deliver at every phase of a project, from the early stages of site selection, feasibility and design right through to project management of the construction phase and operation and maintenance. Our multi-disciplinary energy consultants have extensive sustainable energy experience worldwide.

To date we have assessed over 160GW of renewable energy developments internationally and this figure is growing rapidly every month. Our clients include utilities, financiers, developers and many other public and private sector organisations.


The Scottish Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation Unit 325 15 Science Park West Avenue Hong Kong Science & Technology Park Hong Kong Contact: Ed Craig Tel: +44 (0)131 650 5326 Email: ed.craig@ed.ac.uk

Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation Ltd, opened in May 2015, is located within the Hong Kong Science & Technology Park. The centre is led by Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) and owned by the University of Edinburgh and is the University’s commercial partnership vehicle in Hong Kong. HKCCI is part of the wider Scottish Hong Kong Centre for Carbon Innovation working with partners: Edinburgh Napier University, BRE Scotland and Scottish Development International. SHKCCI acts as a hub to create a support service and incubation space for new low carbon ideas, products and projects accelerating Scotland-Hong Kong partnerships. HKCCI has appointed and will announce its new Hong Kong-based CEO in October 2016 to coordinate resources and drive partnerships on behalf of HKCCI and SHKCCI.