Glasgow is driving the move to low-carbon, both in business and everyday life, with a robust supply chain and mechanisms for harnessing renewable energies and making the best use of conventional energy sources. The city has 220 registered energy enterprises. GVA from the city’s energy sector totalled £822 million in 2014, and GVA per head (employment) stood at £195,636.
With this background, Glasgow is the ideal location for low carbon initiatives, as evidenced by the companies that have already located here:
- SSE is the UK’s biggest producer of renewable electricity. The Centre of Engineering Excellence for Renewable Energy is located on Waterloo Street alongside SSE Renewables flagship office.
- Iberdrola/ScottishPower maintain offshore wind farm facilities and conductother renewable energy projects.
- ScottishPower recently expanded Whitelee Windfarm, the UK’s largest onshore windfarm.
- Siemens Gamesa Technological Centre at Strathclyde Business Park.
Some smaller, but fast-moving and growing, companies expanding in Glasgow include:
- Trident Energy: developer of enabling technology for the offshore renewables industry.
- Smartest Energy: a purchaser of independent generation and supplier of renewable energy.
- Diagnostic Monitoring Systems (DMS):supplier of partial discharge monitoring equipment.
- Glacier Energy Services: provides specialist services, products and engineered solutions for energy infrastructure.
- Green Marine Solutions: supplier of marine coordination, turbine and marine assurance services.
- Kite Power Systems (KPS): located in Tontine, develop disruptive technology to produce renewable energy from the wind.