Cumbernauld at the cutting edge as world first is struck
For six weeks, staff from energy firm RedT at the Power Networks Development Centre have rigorously tested a groundbreaking large-scale energy storage machine.
And the end product will shortly be shipped to the island of Gigha, to boost wind farm production by a whopping 30 per cent.
Plus the battery-based machine which was launched in Cumbernauld by Energy minister Paul Wheelhouse on Monday will shortly enter mass production – and will be a major feature of the burgeoning energy market within an estimated five years.
Mr Wheelhouse said: “Congratulations to RedT for completion of their testing programme here in Cumbernauld.
“It has been very interesting to see, first hand, the energy prior to its deployment at the grid in Gigha.”
More crucial test-runs could come to Cumbernauld as Mr Wheelhouse revealed the creation of 30 new jobs for the company, funded by a Scottish Enterprise grant.
The PNDC is linked to Scottish Power, Scottish Southern Energy and Strathclyde University among others.