New business centre powering up

Left,  Alasdair McFarlan - Kier Construction, Cllr Vettraino, Gregor Murray - Hydrogen Office Ltd and Cllr Martin
Left, Alasdair McFarlan - Kier Construction, Cllr Vettraino, Gregor Murray - Hydrogen Office Ltd and Cllr Martin

Fife councillors have welcomed a new centre’s latest step forward.

The Fife Renewables Innovation Centre at Energy Park Fife is due to be completed late Spring.

Once opened, the £3 million Fife Renewables Innovation Centre will become a leading facility on the east coast of Scotland offering accommodation for start up and growing companies wishing to successfully enter into the Renewable Energy sector.

The building has now been connected to the energy supply from the Hydrogen Office, which draws renewable power from its onsite turbine.

Glenrothes councillor Ross Vettraino OBE was on hand to oversee connection of the new power supply between the Hydrogen Office and the new centre being put into place by Keir Construction.

Cllr Vettraino OBE, Vice-Chair of Fife Council’s Environment, Enterprise and Transportation Committee said: “The green energy power connection that has been put in place is illustrative of how we will use energy in the future. It will bring together the power from the wind turbine via the Hydrogen Office to the Fife Renewables Innovation Centre. Both of these projects combined represent a significant innovation and with this green power connection the Innovation Centre will achieve an Excellent accreditation from BREEAM, the leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.

“The project is another major milestone in the development of Energy Park Fife and investment in Fife in general. Recent announcements by Samsung Heavy Industries and David Brown Gear Systems build on the back of investments totaling almost £400 million by Amazon, Diageo, and RWE proving yet again that Fife is becoming one of the easiest places to do business.”

The Centre will extend to approximately 1,400sqm over two floors and will offer flexible work spaces and research facilities designed to enable technology and knowledge transfer. Businesses will be supported by Fife Council and partner organisations including Business Gateway Fife and the University of St Andrews.

Along with funding from Fife Council, the Innovation Centre project has also received £715,000 from the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund. This investment validates Fife’s ambition to become a leading centre of excellence for renewable and low carbon technologies.