Happy Birthday ECCI!

09 October 2014

What a difference a year makes! ECCI celebrates its first birthday at High School Yards.

Over the last year the innovative low carbon hub at High School Yards has hosted and welcomed more than 15,000 visitors and 300 events.

Over the last year ECCI's innovative low carbon hub at High School Yards has hosted and welcomed more than 15,000 visitors and 300 events.

Now with a complement of 21 staff, an innovation suite full of low carbon enterprises and organisations, 150 Masters students, a building of the year award (Edinburgh Architectural Association) averaging 1200 people per month for relevant events and a constant flow of innovative ideas and projects, the centre is establishing itself as an important player in the low carbon community – here in Scotland and abroad.

Over this first year in situ in the newly refurbished, low carbon building, partnerships and emerging projects from the cities and islands of Scotland have been generated and nurtured. While connections to the Asia Pacific, Latin America and North America are being forged. ECCI plans to open its first Asia-Pacific outpost in Hong Kong in 2015 and is closely connected with the University of Edinburgh’s newest international centres in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the centre in New York City due to open later in October 2014.

In addition to providing a hub for innovation that has actively supported over 1000 enterprises and organisations to develop low carbon products and services, the centre funds and offers six Masters scholarships. MSc students are embedded in the centre in order to take advantage of the low carbon community and on-site access to developing businesses and ideas. The site itself is home to two electric-vehicle charging points and the new City Car Club electric vehicle as well as multiple bike storage facilities to encourage low carbon travel.

To celebrate in style ECCI is hosting a Birthday Drinks Reception
Thursday October 9th 2014. 5pm – 8pm (with short welcome at 5.30pm)
Drinks & nibbles provided, low carbon networking permitted.
With harpist Holly Hart performing from 5pm
RSVP to Annabel Cooper {Annabel.cooper@ed.ac.uk}

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance said: “ECCI is an example of how Scottish Government investment in innovation is paying off. By bringing all parties that can collaborate together we believe these projects will make greater economic benefit to Scotland." (February 2014. Industrial Biotechnnology Innovation Centre launch, ECCI).

Sir Timothy O Shea, Principal of the University of Edinburgh said: “ECCI is an exemplar of wide and varied collaboration among universities, public sector and private sector organisations”. (February 2014. Industrial Biotechnnology Innovation Centre launch, ECCI).

ECCI Executive Director Andy Kerr said: "One year after the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation moved into Edinburgh’s famous old High School, the sheer vibrancy of the engagement with big social challenges by different enterprises – public, private, academic and community – and by people across Scotland suggests a bright future. Making public promises is easy. Delivering on such promises, on contested topics, is very difficult. But when engaged politicians, vibrant social and business enterprise, a supportive public sector and a strong university base are able to work together, delivery starts to look a lot easier."

Other news and highlights from this historic year include:

ECCI’s Low Carbon Ideas Lab – Scotland’s first low carbon ideas incubator

From September 2014 ECCI put out a call for applicants to its unique, low carbon ideas lab. Specifically designed for entrepreneurs and business people with great low carbon ideas, ideas that will support Scotland’s drive towards sustainable development.

The Ideas Lab includes tailored support, cash bursaries, professional mentoring via Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and access to ECCI’s community of key sector players.

With a focus on ideas from young people, women, international entrepreneurs and innovators seeking to create change in their organisation (in-terpreneurs).

Read on: http://lowcarbonideaslab.org

ECCI announces 16 successful Smart Accelerator projects

A total of 16 Scottish projects will receive support by the Smart Accelerator at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. The successful projects were announced officially on 24 September at a knowledge share event hosted at ECCI. Featuring guest speaker Alan Kell of Cambridge Cleantech and offering a day of networking and project development to the individual projects this event was a launch for the project partnerships.

The ECCI Smart Accelerator, working in partnership with a consortium of major Scottish and European funders, brings together accelerates smart city and sustainable island projects from good ideas to investment-ready packages.

Read on: http://edinburghcentre.org/news/16-Smart-Accelerator-projects-announced

Scottish SMEs make it to final of RBS Innovation Gateway

Congratulations to the members of ECCI’s low carbon innovation community who – following a rigorous review process – have been selected by RBS to take part in the final stage of its Innovation Gateway.
• Glaze & Save, with a novel secondary glazing system
• Greenspace Live {link: https://greenspacelive.com/web/gsl/index#PublicProjectsPlace}, with its building modelling software tools
• Sunamp {link: http://sunamp.co.uk/}, with a compact but high capacity heat storage system
• Tantallon Systems {link: http://www.tantallonsystems.co.uk/}, with an intelligent energy management system for buildings

Read on: http://edinburghcentre.org/news/Scottish-SMEs-RBS-Innovation-Gateway