Interface provides Energy Sector Innovation 

Scotland’s Energy industry contributed £17 billion to the Scottish economy in 2014, and energy sector innovation is fundamental in its continued growth. Whether it be oil & gas or renewables, the energy created in Scotland is recognised around the world for its expertise, experience, and the quality of its workforce. With a recent £30bn invested in the sector in Scotland there has never been a more important time for companies across the supply chain to be innovative and dynamic, with an emphasis on cost reduction.

Ways we can help your project 

If you are working in the energy sector and have an idea you wish to develop, a product you want to create, or an idea you wish to realise, Interface can help. We offer collaboration with Scottish academics and experts to help turn your good ideas into a reality. These connections can be a great starting point for you to re-evaluate, streamline and improve your product or service.

Scotland has a wealth of academic experts and facilities useful to energy sector innovation that can help with new product development and brand management through to sustainability, business strategy, design and engineering. Developing links with academia can help your business, whether you are already operating in the sector or looking to enter the supply chain.

Some examples of where Scotland’s academic expertise can be applied to collaborative projects with the private sector include:

  • Design and new material development for structures and components
  • Advances in fuel cell technology
  • Electronics and sensors
  • Systems for solar panels
  • Energy conversion and storage materials, technologies and systems
  • Process monitoring and control
  • Expertise from chemistry to mathematics, design and information technology
  • Environmental planning and research
  • Data analytics

Energy Sector Innovation: Case Studies 

Renewable Parts Limited paired with the University of Strathclyde: Discover the Case Study

  • The project investigated data on wind turbine component failure rates to identify which components could be remanufactured/repaired/reconditioned, and the Strathclyde team completed a report for the company which outlined a number of potential components that might be of interest. 

Capture Mobility paired with the University of Aberdeen: Discover the full Case Study.

  • Capture Mobility aims to be one of the leading companies in developing innovative renewable energy products. The technology start-up developed a hybrid micro roadside wind turbine designed to, not only generate electricity from the turbulence of passing traffic, but also to filter particulates from the atmosphere, helping reduce air pollution. The turbine is topped with solar panels that add to the power generated by the system. 

Specialist Facilities 

Turning your concept into reality, no matter your sector or what material you have designed your product for, is possible through the vast range of specialist facilities and supporting technical resource. Explore some options which may help those wanting to create energy sector innovation:

  • Laser Scanning – Laser scanning is a quick, non-contact and precise method for digitally recording the surface of objects in 3D.
  • Manufacturing – Our HEI’s can help with manufacturing research & development by testing and developing different processes and techniques. There is a huge range of industry specification equipment to support manufacturing processes across all sectors.
  • Strength Testing – Strength testing is a fundamental materials science test to examine how a material will react under force. It is vital you test your product strength to ensure it withstands the forces it will be subjected to.

Interface Free and Impartial Services

For further information and to find out how Interface can help provide creative industries support for your product, service or idea simply contact us. A member of our Business Engagement team would be delighted to help!