Eden Campus Energy Demonstrator

Where industry and academia come together in the Energy Materials space.

Eden Campus is a showcase facility, where the University’s expertise is accessible to the outside world, and where industry and academia come together for the development and demonstration of new products, new technologies and new approaches. 

It is developing as an innovation campus, with an emphasis on low-carbon technology. The ‘Eden Campus Energy Demonstrator’ project focuses on manufacturing in the energy materials space.

Key Information
Eden Campus, home to a former paper mill, is the University’s new innovation campus in the village of Guardbridge, 4 miles from St Andrews. The site combines local energy production (solar PV and biomass heating) with a new R&D facility for energy and low carbon activity. It provides an ideal location to test and demonstrate whole-system approaches on a scale not possible in a laboratory.

The campus will include a new facility for the University’s work in advanced materials for use in batteries and fuel cells. The dry lab facility will be unique in Scotland, offering access to state-of-the-art battery development and test equipment in a building which will be central to the University’s Eden Campus development. The facility is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Scottish Enterprise’s Advanced Manufacturing Challenge Fund.

The Dry Lab will incorporate:

  • A sealed dry room for handling of sensitive materials
  • Battery chemistry mixing and preparation facilities
  • Cell testing and cycling room

These are housed in a purpose-built new building, sympathetically positioned within the post-industrial site of Eden Campus.

At Eden Campus, we will be able to provide the following support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs):

  • Premises and co-working facilities for university spin-outs, companies wishing to collaborate with university knowledge transfer, and external companies looking for a place to locate their business.
  • R&D facilities to underpin novel research into energy storage and conversion, including development of new battery chemistries, now fuel cells, and the production and development of synthetic fuels and other chemicals.
  • An Industry Club for SMEs and others interested in energy technologies, offering a monthly programme of webinars and business-to-business events.

Find out more here.

Key Contacts

Ian Hill is the Strategic Lead for Innovation at the new Eden Campus development. 

His role involves supporting academics and researchers to develop R&D activity at the campus, and engaging external companies in collaborative projects with the University, with a particular focus on low-carbon technologies.

To find out more about this project. you can contact Ian by email.

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