Research centre aims to be a centre of excellence for renewable energy and low carbon technologies

The Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) at Strathclyde University will be a hub for world-leading research, transforming the way academics, business, industry and the public sector collaborate.

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By creating a hub for international collaborative research and commercialisation, the centre aims to find solutions to the challenges that matter in areas of economic importance and to help companies compete globally.

New technologies

The project will contribute significantly to the development and demonstration of new technologies that will lead to emissions reductions and help Scotland achieve its climate change obligations. In addition to research into renewable energy, the centre will also offer expertise in other sectors central to economic regeneration including photonics and sensors, advanced engineering, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and bio-nano systems.

The TIC will also support small and medium sized businesses in developing innovative low carbon products and services, by helping them to connect with the TIC’s larger industry partners and their supply chains.

A green state of the art research centre

Up to 900 researchers, engineers and project managers from academia and industry will work side-by-side in the centre, which will be housed in a new environmentally-friendly building in the heart of Glasgow. The building will include state-of-the-art specialist and flexible research space, conferencing and event facilities, and exhibition space.

To underpin the sustainability and low-carbon credentials of the research undertaken there, the building will be designated as ‘excellent’ under the BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) classification, a rating system established in the UK. The building will also be accessible to the public, highlighting the societal impact of its research.

The 22 000 m2 centre, which will create 103 jobs during its construction and open its doors in 2014, will be pivotal to Scotland’s new International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone (ITREZ). The Technology and Innovation Centre and the surrounding ITREZ are expected to generate 1 436 new jobs and attract millions of euros of inward investment to Glasgow and the wider Scottish economy.

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