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Launch of rooftop wind turbine pilot
The first installation of a world-leading rooftop turbine took place
today at a Fife school.
One rooftop turbine is being installed at each of five Fife Primary
schools in the new pilot, and if successful, the turbines could be
sited on houses and buildings across Scotland.
The revolutionary Swift turbine has been developed by Edinburgh company
Renewable Devices Limited, and is at the cutting edge of global
Speaking at Collydean Primary School, Glenrothes, Deputy Enterprise
Minister Lewis Macdonald said:
“This is an exciting development and I’m delighted that a leading edge
Scottish company is at the forefront of this research and development.
“This is a great example of Scottish innovation at its best and, if the
Fife pilot is successful, there is the potential for green jobs for
“These small turbines can be installed on roofs in urban or rural
environments and directly power the building with no need to feed into
the grid. This could have far reaching implications for the way we use
green energy across Scotland.
“I’m also pleased that children at the schools involved are so
enthusiastic about the project and I am impressed with their level of
knowledge of and support for renewable energy,” he said.
The turbines were developed by Renewable Devices Limited with £45,000
funding from the Executive’s SMART and SPUR award schemes.
The trial launched by Mr Macdonald today involves one Swift Rooftop
Wind Energy System being installed in each of five Fife Primary
schools, in a joint initiative funded by the Executive (£15,000)
through the Scottish Community and Household Renewables Initiative,
Renewable Devices (£15,000), ScottishPower (£15,000) and Fife Council
Each turbine can generate up to 4000 kW hours of green electricity each
year, saving up to 1720kg carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas and
cutting the school’s energy bill by up to £284. They generate minimal
Pupils at Collydean Primary School have been working on projects about
the turbine being installed on the roof of their school.
Rebekah Brown, a Primary 7 pupil said :
“Putting up a wind turbine saves money and energy. Not only that, but
our environment is also being helped. So if everyone was to make an
effort to help a little bit, lots of the little bits could make a big
David Anderson of Renewable Devices said :
“Renewable Devices is extremely pleased to be installing one of the
first Swift Rooftop Wind Energy Systems. With the help of the
Executive, the company has grown very quickly since its inception 2
years ago and is now a major presence in the Scottish renewable energy
“The company’s philosophy of making renewable energy technology more
accessible is perfectly encapsulated in this pilot project which
provides enormous educational potential, as well as significant
The project will be monitored and evaluated and the company anticipate
going into large scale production within 12 months. Prices for
installation should start at around £1500.
Claire Doherty, ScottishPower’s Green Product Manager, said:
“The ScottishPower Green Energy Trust is delighted to be supporting
this revolutionary project which we hope will go a long way towards
creating environmental benefits for people living in Fife.
“Since 1998, the Trust has successfully increased our use and
knowledge of renewable energy by providing grants totaling over
£450,000 towards more than 50 similar projects throughout the UK,
helping to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and tackling climate
Mike Thornton, Head of Energy Saving Trust Scotland said:
“Renewable energy doesn’t have to be large scale; renewables can reduce
energy bills for householders, schools and village halls to name but a
few. This project shows that the Scottish renewables industry is
delivering new products which meet the needs of the small scale user.
“We expect small wind turbines to become an increasingly common sight
throughout the country.”
The Scottish Executive is committed to increasing the amount of
electricity generated in Scotland from renewable sources to 40 percent
The Scottish Community and Householder Renewables Initiative (SCHRI)
was launched by the Scottish Executive in January 2003 to support the
development of small scale renewable energy projects in Scotland. £5
million is available under the SCHRI to 2005. SCHRI is managed jointly
by the Energy Saving Trust in Lowland Scotland and Highlands and
Islands Enterprise in the Highlands and Islands. www.est.org.uk/schri
Renewables Devices Limited was founded in May 2002 by Dr Charles
Silverton and Dr David E. Anderson and provides accessibole renewable
energy solutions through its product development and consultancy
services. In less than one year the company became a sustainable
business and, with the help of £45,000 SMART and SPUR awards from the
Executive has developed the world’s first silent rooftop-mountable wind
energy system – the Swift Rooftop Wind Energy System.
The system can provide electricity to heat domestic hot water,
providing electrical generation that reduces fuel costs without
disrupting the grid supply.
ScottishPower’s Green Energy Trust supports the development of new
renewable energy sources in the UK by offering grants to a wide range
of projects that will increase the use and knowledge of renewable
In addition to the environmental benefits, Fife Council also considers
wind turbines as valuable resources in supporting energy and
environmental areas of the education curriculum. The data and
information available from the operation of the turbine will be used by
school children in their practical studies in these areas.
The SMART and SPUR schemes are the Executive’s foremost policy
instruments for supporting near-market research and development
projects by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMART is for a
technical and commercial feasibility study. SMEs successfully
completing their projects and require additional assistance to develop
a pre-production prototype can apply for further funding under the SPUR