Benefits of the Circular Economy for Energy Sector Innovation

Jointly-hosted by the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP) and Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS), this seminar took place at the University of Strathclyde on 8th November 2017.

ETP and ZWS are working together to help business identify and implement Circular Economy and low CO2 opportunities in the energy sector; from early stages through to commercialisation.



Neil Ferguson – Scottish Enterprise
Ronan Bolton – University of Edinburgh
John Bingham – Energy Technology Centre
Scott Bryant – Zero Waste Scotland
Natasha Madeira - ETP

Speakers from Scottish Enterprise, the University of Edinburgh and the Energy Technology Centre, ETP and ZWS explained:
•    The linked concepts of Circular Economy and whole-energy systems, employed within business models and services, in practice;
•    Sectoral perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for energy sector businesses;
•    How to access funding & support to unlock and deliver innovative low CO2 & Circular Economy solutions.


What funding and support can be accessed by your business?


ZWS Funding:

•    ZWS funds and supports SME projects which make energy assets last longer.
•    Grants, from £50,000 to £1 million, are available for capital expenditure projects that keep energy assets and materials in high-value use for as long as possible, with the aim of accelerating.
•    Circular Economy business support is also provided by ZWS to develop the business-case for an idea.
For further details, please visit the ZWS website.
ETP Funding:

•    ETP provides funding & business support for low-CO2 innovation and research projects.
•    Up to £20k funding is available for projects with SMEs in partnership with Scottish universities.
•    ETP also can provide business development support, including assisting in identification and assisting with funding   applications and consortia development. For further details, please visit the ETP website.




Neil Ferguson (Energy Systems Lead, Scottish Enterprise)

Neil is engaged in the development and implementation of SE’s strategic approach to  the Energy Systems and Hydrogen/Fuel Cells sub-sectors. He has worked in the SE Energy team for the last 9 years, previously covering areas such as marine energy, low carbon heating and bioenergy.



Ronan Bolton (Lecturer in Science, Technology & Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh)

 Ronan is a Lecturer in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is an interdisciplinary energy researcher with a background in mechanical engineering and environmental social science. His work examines the interconnected policy, market and regulatory challenges of transforming carbon based energy systems and enabling the development of lower carbon energy infrastructure.


John Bingham (Director, Energy Technology Centre)

John is a director of Energy Technology Centre in East Kilbride, an engineering development company working on energy systems, particularly wind, marine and thermal applications.  John previously worked at the National Engineering Laboratory, where he managed various divisions including IC Engines, Thermal Systems and Low Carbon Technologies.

Natasha Maderia (Business Development Manager - Energy Systems, Energy Technology Partnership)

Prior to being an ETP Business Development Manager, Natasha worked as ETP’s International Collaboration Manager for the European North Sea Energy Alliance initiative. This role supported development of European networks and projects relating to Energy Systems Integration. Natasha worked as a Business Development Executive for Heriot-Watt University’s School of the Built Environment, before moving to ETP.

Scott Bryant (Sector Manager - Energy Infrastructure, Zero Waste Scotland)

Scott's role is to facilitate and enable change within the Scottish energy sector to go beyond the linear, single use of assets. He applies his mechanical engineering background to focus on enabling and increasing the reuse, remanufacturing and repurposing of energy assets at end-of-life, as part of a Scottish shift towards a low-carbon, sustainable, circular economy.


Scott Bryant
Sector Manager, Energy Infrastructure – Circular Economy, ZWS
Tel: 07515 598 305 

Natasha Madeira

Business Development Manager – Energy Systems, ETP
Tel: 0141 548 4712

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