Knowledge Transfer Partnership: linking Science, Business and Government to improve environmental sustainability by introducing micro-renewable technologies

Authors: Chris Ashe,               Head of Centre, Construction & Built Environment, Dundee

                                                College, Dundee, DD3 8LE, Scotland, United Kingdom

                 Lisa Tennant,           Graduate Research Associate, Dundee College, Dundee, DD3

                                                8LE, Scotland, United Kingdom          



A collaborative Knowledge Transfer Partnership scheme exists between Dundee College and an electrical contracting company, McGill Electrical Ltd, Dundee City, Scotland, UK, who desire to broaden their business into the market of micro-renewable energy by forming a new division. They have recognised that future demand will be high for these products in housing situations due to government legislation and anticipated tougher building standards in Scotland.  The company will require intelligence on public perception of such technologies for intended sales purposes. This collaboration is based around both sustainable energy and education primarily. The objectives of this collaboration will create cradle to cradle circumstances; produce housing which demonstrates eco-efficiency and contribute to a region which is eco- efficient.


Businesses such as McGill Electrical Ltd must respond to aspects relating to climate change, sustainable development and the focus of the Gothenburg Strategy, by investigating the science behind the technologies available to them to add to their business portfolio. The environmental section of the Lisbon Treaty focuses on minimising environmental issues on both an international and a regional level (Europa, n.da). The new division at McGill Electrical will serve on a local, regional and national level.


The supply of these products means that staff within the organisation must be trained and given additional skills to add to the ones they already have, to allow them to install the products. These training opportunities will be available on a local, regional and national level as McGill Electrical Ltd and other companies broaden their installation market into that of renewable energy. The Lisbon Strategy consists of three pillars: social, economic and environmental. The social pillar calls for members to invest in training and education to contribute to the objective of reaching “full employment by 2010”. The environmental pillar was added as a result of Gothenburg. The economic pillar focuses towards creating an economy that is “competitive, dynamic and knowledge-based” (Europa, n.db)

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9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Thursday, June 26, 2008, Oral

The Netherlands, 2008 Meeting