Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) will today be sown with a variety of native Scottish plant species, to create a wildflower meadow at the Innovation Parc.

Young learners from Barnhill Primary School and others from the MSIP community will take part in a seed sowing event, that will create a series of meadow areas on the Innovation Parc that will bloom throughout the summer months.

This is part of a wider Eden Project National Wildflower Centre initiative to bring colour and biodiversity to the city with the planting of a series of wildflower meadows covering 14 hectares of land across Dundee.

Funded by the Alexander Moncur Trust, who are celebrating their 75th anniversary, the project directly addresses the decline of natural wildflower meadows that support bees and other pollinating insects. Species sown today will flower in late summer and will include native local provenance species such as corn chamomile, poppy, oxeye daisy and red campion.

Ten further sites have been identified by Dundee City Council, as part of the City’s biodiversity grasslands initiative, and will be developed and maintained through the Nature Restoration Fund, with Eden Project supporting the training and narrative building. 

The planting programme is part of Eden’s commitment to the city ahead of the opening of Eden Project Dundee in 2025 and delivers on MSIP’s ambition to maintain a connection to the local community as well as raise awareness of climate action.

This project follows on from the previously announced strategic partnership between Eden Project and MSIP.

Caishlan Sweeney, Project Engagement Manager, Eden Project said: “We’re delighted to be working with MSIP to introduce these important wildlife habitats as part of our continued work in Dundee., Sowing wildflowers is a fantastic way to introduce children and adults to the diversity of nature and begin to build a new connection to it.”

Sarah Petrie, Innovation Director, MSIP said: “The creation of a wildflower meadow will add to the variety of habitats available on the Innovation Parc for wildlife to thrive.

“We want to provide a rich and varied working environment for people to enjoy at MSIP, and we believe that the wildflower meadow will add to that, stimulating new innovations as a result.

“It’s great to be able to include local young learners and our MSIP community in the building of this, something that they can all hopefully benefit from in the years to come.”

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) has today shared a first look at its flagship space, the Innovation Hub.

MSIP, a joint venture between Michelin, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise, is a world-class Innovation Parc in Dundee for sustainable mobility and decarbonisation, which aims to drive growth and diversity in the Scottish economy whilst addressing the global climate emergency.

The Innovation Hub will be a purpose-built facility at the heart of MSIP, supporting collaboration and innovation between organisations of different shapes and sizes.

It will be a place where businesses, researchers and challenge-holders can work together on developing, testing, and commercialising new products and services for a sustainable, low carbon future.

Alongside the 1,200 square metre physical development, MSIP will deliver an associated programme of innovation activity and will provide access to support programmes.

The Innovation Hub will be located on the east side of MSIP, at the main entrance of the Innovation Parc. The facilities, which will include hot-desking, meetings rooms, event spaces, design workshops and a café, will be available to everyone working on the Innovation Parc and others that can benefit from what it offers.

Dundee City Council previously secured £3.5M of funding from the Tay Cities Deal Industrial Investment Fund to support the Innovation Hub. Detailed design work is already underway, and the planning application has been submitted.

Robertson Construction was appointed in 2020 as the build contractor for MSIP’s wider transformation programme, which was procured through Procurement Hub Major Projects framework.  Construction will begin on the Innovation Hub in early 2022 with completion expected in 2023.

Colin McIlraith, Chief Operating Officer at MSIP said: “The Innovation Hub is a core part of the transformation programme, which is already underway and brings everything else that we offer at MSIP together.

“The design for the Innovation Hub provides a dynamic space housing a changing mixture of people, all aspiring to achieve the same goal of net zero. It’s also important to showcase our mission in everything we do, and we’ve worked hard to ensure that the design considers the environmental impact of the space, both in its development and in the future when it will be in use.

“It’s great to be able to now share what the Innovation Hub will look like. It’s ambitious but achievable, which is what MSIP is all about.”

Sarah Petrie, Innovation Director, MSIP said: “The Innovation Hub will be the focal point for MSIPs innovation activity and the place where the earliest stages of innovation and entrepreneurship are initiated.

“It’s a key part of the offer at MSIP and will be a driver for business formation and growth, harnessing know-how, expertise and entrepreneurial spirit – a gateway for new businesses and a stepping-stone for small businesses.

“It is vital that this space is an exciting, modern, fun, and accessible environment, to attract and retain the best talent and to stimulate ideas, enthusiasm, and collaboration. Looking at the exciting designs shared today, I have no doubt we will deliver that.”

Craig Heap, Project Director at Holmes Miller, said: “With the Innovation Hub being home to a mix of start-ups, SMEs, and large corporates, as well as researchers and students – all of whom are working together to bring us closer to Net Zero – we had to create a dynamic space that is flexible enough to meet a range of needs, both now and in the future.

“Crucially, sustainability is at the heart of the project, and every effort has been taken to minimise the environmental impact of the building, both in terms of its construction and its ongoing operation and maintenance, which includes its own green and sustainable energy supply. Ultimately, the new hub will help inspire users and visitors and showcase MSIP as a modern, fast-moving, and ambitious collaboration, driving forward innovation in low-carbon transport and sustainable mobility.”

Kevin Dickson, Regional Managing Director at Robertson Construction Tayside said: “Robertson is honoured to support Phase 2 of MSIP’s ambitious journey and transformation plans to deliver another high-quality facility as part of the ongoing regeneration of the site.”

DAY 1 (11th November 2021)

Doors open – 08:30am

Breakfast and Networking

Part 1: The Future of Zero Emissions Transport

Welcome

Ministerial Address

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc

Panel session: What will future zero emission transport look like? – Riversimple, Ampaire and Neuron Mobility.

Panel Session: What will power and enable future zero emissions transport? – Brillpower, Oomph EV, SWARCO, TUV SUD.

Breakout Session -with workshops from HSSMI, Niche Vehicle Network and Mabbett.

Part 2: The Storage and Transportation of Energy

Welcome back

Panel Session: How critical will the movement, storage and mass transfer of energy be in the energy transition? – SSE, H2Green, Cumulus Energy Storage and AMTE.

Breakout Session -with workshops from Oomph EV and Technology Scotland – MAAS.

Part 3: A Vision for 2030

Welcome back

Michelin

Keynote Speech from Ian Houston, President, Scottish Business Network US/SBN Ambassador Washington, DC.

Reflection on Day 1

Breakout Session

Close of Day 1 – 17:30pm

DAY 2 (12th November 2021)

Doors open – 08:00am

Breakfast and Networking

Part 1: Innovation and Entrepreneurship for a Net Zero Future

Welcome

Opening address

MSIP Accelerator Showcase – DanuRobotics, QuickBlock, ZUoS, Bounce, Empowering Local Energy and Hydrowheel.

Breakout Session -with workshops from Scotland’s Sustainable Mobility Cluster Builder and DER Scotland.

EVROS Stop Over Event

Part 2: Solutions for a Net Zero Future

Introduction

MVV

Ecotricity

Alexander Dennis

Scottish Enterprise

Keynote Speech from John Reid, NMIS

Reflection on Day 2

Breakout Session

Close of Day 2 – 16:30pm

Tickets can be purchased here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/demonstrator-and-showcase-event-11th-12th-november-tickets-166926964043

A North East company has announced plans to deploy potentially over 15,000 e-bikes “powered by the sun™” around the world by 2026.

Aberdeen-based Frisco e-Bikes™ are the brainchild of Ken and Janet Hoskins and work in tandem with the innovative Frisco Solar Docks™ which are believed to be unique to the sector thanks to their green power source.  By harnessing sustainable solar power, the flexible systems do not need to be connected to the electricity grid and can, therefore, be set up in any location with minimal infrastructure and management.

Target markets include city centre contactless public hire opportunities, and green commuting or transfer options for employers or educational settings. 

With the development of the prototypes already well underway, the search is now on to secure additional pre-launch investment that will enable the company to launch in the UK in 2022 and overseas the following year.  Kit assembly and maintenance of the “click and connect™” system will take place as close to the end location as possible, creating social enterprise employment opportunities with a particular focus on work for ex-offenders and adaptive tooling to maximise inclusive employment opportunities.

A portion of hire revenue will be donated to charities, including those which support people affected by issues of homelessness and transport poverty.

Progress to date has been bolstered thanks to work with a range of institutions such as The University of Aberdeen and The University of Strathclyde, plus participation in Dundee’s Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) Accelerator.  The 16-week support programme targets ambitious, early-stage companies using an incubator environment to: “underpin Scotland’s response to the global climate emergency.”

Ken Hoskins explained: “Operating the business in a holistic, inclusive way is our primary founding principal and sustainability lies at the heart of everything we do, from using green energy sources to power the bikes and empowering people through employment to creating an opportunity to give back to those facing times of hardship.”

Janet Hoskins added: “It is our intention that our key drivers – profit, people, planet – should feed into and from each other in a cyclical way which benefits as many people as possible and has a lasting, positive impact on our planet.”

Sarah Petrie, Innovation Director, Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc said: “It was great to welcome Frisco e-Bikes™ to the first cohort of the MSIP Accelerator programme. We’re excited to see Frisco e-Bikes™ continue to progress its plans for a new e-bike and solar charging station. We will continue to support the company on its business development journey and look forward to hearing more about its future success.”

To find out more, visit www.frisco-e-bikes-frisco-solar-docks.com

The Eden Project and Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) have announced a strategic partnership, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP), a joint venture between Michelin, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise, is a world-class Innovation Parc in Dundee for sustainable mobility and decarbonisation, which aims to drive growth and diversity in the Scottish economy whilst addressing the global climate emergency.

The Eden Project, an educational charity, connects people with each other and the living world, exploring how they can work towards a better future.

The Eden Project recently released the first image of the proposed Eden Project Dundee alongside the announcement of the city’s former gasworks being the preferred site for the attraction. Eden Project Dundee will draw on the history of the city’s Nine Incorporated Trades and is themed around nine new “Guilds” – of Healers, Growers, Navigators, Myth-Makers, Noticers, Alchemists, Celebrators, Menders and “Re-Sourcerors”.

The MoU will bring the Eden Project and MSIP together, to identify innovation and collaboration opportunities that will deliver regeneration and inclusive economic growth across Dundee, and support innovation and entrepreneurship ambitions.

This partnership will allow MSIP to benefit from the Eden Project’s expertise across a range of relevant areas, as well as its extensive experience in biodiversity, sustainability and community engagement activities.

MSIP will actively promote Eden Project initiatives, facilities and expertise to tenants, connecting the Eden Project’s people and knowledge to industry and will consider opportunities to promote biodiversity on the Innovation Parc.

The Eden Project will also have access to MSIP’s Skills Academy to deliver key courses and modules and explore higher level training opportunities.

Sarah Petrie, Innovation Director, MSIP said: “When we heard of Eden Project’s plans for Dundee, we knew there was a strong synergy to MSIP in its vision, focus and ambition – to transform an industrial site into a world-class attraction, focused on the environment and sustainability, to create real regeneration that will benefit Dundee.

“There has been lots of meaningful regeneration happening in Dundee over recent years. MSIP is one part of that, Eden Project is another.

“Together, we will deliver relevant projects focused initially on entrepreneurship and sustainability, that will strengthen our ambition to deliver inclusive economic growth across the city. Through collaboration, we will do great things.”

David Harland, Chief Executive of Eden Project International, said: “We’re delighted to have formed this partnership with MSIP and look forward to working closely with them as our plans for Eden Project Dundee progress. Our work in the city is enabled by the strength and passion of the community and its businesses and institutions. MSIP will play an important role in bringing the Eden Project Dundee plans to fruition.”

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) has today shared a first look at the MSIP Skills Academy, which will welcome its first learners in January 2022. 

The MSIP Skills Academy will be delivered by Dundee and Angus College, in partnership with Abertay University, the University of Dundee and the University of St Andrews, along with other supporting and industry partners, bringing skills and knowledge from the college and universities together with industry.  

Through a comprehensive range of training focused on the skills needs of companies, it will offer dedicated skills training to current and future employees of companies located at MSIP and across Scotland.  

The curriculum and delivery style of the MSIP Skills Academy will build on the strong legacy of Dundee and Michelin, inspiring new generations of engineers, technicians and operators to design and manufacture for the sustainable mobility and decarbonisation sectors. 

By offering a broad and flexible curriculum in areas including manufacturing, renewable energy, low carbon transport and battery technology, ranging from entry-level to professional development, the MSIP Skills Academy will be a national skills centre of excellence that will inspire, educate and prepare the future workforce, to accelerate the green recovery. 

Transformation of the space for the MSIP Skills Academy has started, with the curriculum underway from August this year and first learners due to arrive at the physical space in January 2022. The ambition is to have 250 learners accessing the MSIP Skills Academy each year by 2028. 

MSIP took ownership of the former Michelin Dundee site in early 2021, following the Michelin Dundee closure. A £60 million funding package from Michelin and Team Scotland was announced in November 2019, and as part of that, the £20 million physical transformation of the site is now underway.  

MSIP has five tenants that are creating world-leading technology in solar thermal, hydrogen, and lithium-ion batteries, bringing 74 jobs to the Innovation Parc. A further three companies have been secured, with four more expected to announce a decision to locate at MSIP by the end of this year.  

Greig Coull, Chief Executive, MSIP said: “The MSIP Skills Academy connects learners of all ages with businesses and new technologies, to inspire, educate, train and prepare for the future.  

“Delivered in partnership, it provides learners, those located at MSIP and companies across industry in Scotland with skills that are needed to support the just transition to net zero. 

“A big part of our mission at MSIP is to continue the legacy that Michelin Dundee started, supporting learners to train, gain new skills and hands on industry experience, to a standard of excellence. The unique ecosystem we are creating at the MSIP Skills Academy will do that. 

“Our goal is to create jobs, generate economic growth and respond to the climate emergency. The MSIP Skills Academy is a core part of ensuring we do that.” 

Simon Hewitt, Principal, Dundee and Angus College said “Dundee and Angus College is proud to be the lead partner for MSIP in establishing the MSIP Skills Academy. 

“This is a unique opportunity for the college to work with MSIP colleagues to inspire and develop the future workforce to support the companies locating to the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc and beyond. 

“Through the Skills Academy partnership between Dundee and Angus College, Abertay University, University of Dundee and University of St Andrews, public sector agencies and industry partners the academy will truly support the ambition of MSIP and play a central role in delivering the Michelin Dundee legacy in supporting job creation and economic growth whilst supporting the climate emergency through a just transition to net zero.” 

Dundee City Council leader, Councillor John Alexander, said: “This is another hugely exciting development at MSIP, which has made tremendous progress since the closure of the tyre factory in attracting new companies and creating jobs. 

“As we adapt to the economy of the future, with sustainability and the net zero carbon emissions goal at its heart, we need to ensure we have people with the right skills. 

“This is an investment in the local and Scottish workforce and ultimately in the future of the planet. I’m delighted to see that, once again, creative partnership working is helping to build on the Michelin legacy.” 

Minister for Higher Education, Further Education, Youth Employment and Training Jamie Hepburn, said: “The MSIP Skills Academy brings together renowned further and higher education institutions, together with industry, to develop the skills that a net zero Scotland requires. 

“This partnership supports priority areas outlined in the Scottish Government’s Climate Emergency Skills Action plan. It will help learners of all ages to develop new skills and take advantage of the opportunities created in Scotland’s just transition to becoming a net zero nation by 2045. 

“As we think about our green recovery from the pandemic, it’s exciting to know there is now a national learning destination to support jobs in the sustainable mobility and decarbonisation sector.” 

Jerome Monsaingeon, Michelin Group representative on the board of MSIP, said: “The Michelin Group is absolutely committed to sustainability. The MSIP Skills Academy embodies that commitment, developing the talented individuals and supporting the innovative companies we will need to create a prosperous and all-sustainable future.”   

Download our Skills Academy Brochure here.

Construction has commenced at Baldovie Road, Dundee as Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc begins its £20m transformation to become Scotland’s newest Innovation Parc. 

Creating a greener future, through innovation for people, place and planet, Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) is set to become world leading, bringing together industry and academia with a focus on sustainable mobility and decarbonisation.  

MSIP will create new economic and employment opportunities across the region, putting Dundee at the forefront of innovation.  

Robertson Construction will undertake Phase 1 of the site’s masterplan which will see delivery of the Fulhame Building, a new industrial space that will be subdivided into six light industrial units.  

The Fulhame Building will mark the Innovation Parc’s first lettable space for small start-up businesses, a milestone in its ambitious journey. 

The transformation work at MSIP aims to reduce the carbon impact of industrial processes and premises, an approach shared by Robertson as it actively looks to reduce the whole life carbon of its projects, with sustainability and carbon reduction playing a role in the delivery programme.  

Michelin closed the doors to its Dundee factory last year and is now part of the forward-thinking joint venture, MSIP, with Scottish Enterprise and Dundee City Council.  Formed to drive growth and diversity in the Scottish economy whilst also addressing the global climate emergency. 

Kevin Dickson, regional managing direction, Robertson Construction Tayside, said: “Robertson is honoured to be the chosen delivery partner for MSIP Phase 1. Robertson, which has a strong presence in the region, is proud to be involved in the creation of the new Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc which will help to drive Scotland’s green recovery post COVID-19, and beyond. 

“Michelin Dundee has played a pivotal role in the region for years and we will look to continue its legacy by the implementation of our high standards, quality and skill and through supporting local supply chain employment. 

“Robertson will be engaging with the local community throughout the duration of this project, including schools, Colleges, Universities, employability organisations and local charities. 

“In addition to the Fulhame Building, Phase 1 includes the design of future phases with Robertson Civil Engineering also playing an important role in the masterplan of the site”. 

Colin McIlraith, Chief Operating Officer, Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc said: “The transformation of the MSIP site is a key part of our journey, to being a world leading Innovation Parc for sustainable mobility and decarbonisation.  

“We already offer several location options at the Innovation Parc that are of a high specification and phase one of the masterplan work that is now underway will add to that, with the option of units for smaller businesses with growth ambitions.  

“I’m pleased that Robertson has been appointed to deliver this work. It already has a strong local presence and will create opportunities for the local community and supply chain, contributing to local economic development. 

“We want any new building at MSIP to be mindful of its carbon footprint, in the design, build and running of the space. And I am confident Robertson will ensure that is the case with the light industrial units now underway.” 

MSIP is being delivered by Robertson Construction Tayside through Procurement Hub Major Projects framework. 

Louise Dodds, client relationship manager, Procurement Hub said, “One of the great things about working with Robertson as a Framework Partner is the knowledge that we share the same values and place the same importance on decarbonisation and the environment.  

“This is a project that will deliver both economic and environmental benefits and we look forward to tracking the progress at Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP).” 

The design and build steel frame Fulhame Building, will cover 1,125m2 of internal floor area and will be ready to welcome tenants in September. 

This week marks 26 weeks to COP26. That got us thinking…

We set our team a challenge to list 26 facts about MSIP, everything from the useful, interesting and wonderful.

  1. We are currently transforming what was a tyre factory into an Innovation Parc focused on sustainable mobility and decarbonisation.
  2. The Innovation Parc will comprise of two key parts – industrial space and an Innovation Campus.
  3. We have a team of 17 – a great bunch of people making our ambition a reality.
  4. Our Innovation Campus will have an Innovation Hub, Innovation Labs and the Fulhame Building offering light industrial units, as well as open, outdoor space for collaboration, relaxing and creating the ideas for the future.
  5. Our Skills Academy will launch later this year, bringing our first learners to MSIP. We can’t wait to welcome them!
  6. Our tenant companies are some of the most innovative companies out there  –  SolarisKit, MEP Technologies, Arcola and Swarco. You should check them out!
  7. MSIP will be home to LOCATE, a drivetrain testing facility to support the development of zero emission heavy and niche vehicle platforms.
  8. The entire space at MSIP covers 32 hectares – that’s the equivalent of 49 football pitches and adds up to around 11,088 steps when walked.
  9. Our largest building – Foote and Telkes – is 20,000 m2 (just less than four football pitches).
  10. MSIP is located in Dundee, Scotland’s sunniest City – a true fact backed up by scientific data that shows Dundee records more sunshine than anywhere else in Scotland…
  11. …and our Foote and Telkes Building has the capacity to have solar panels fitted across the roof, giving the potential to generate a lot of solar energy in Scotland’s sunniest City!
  12. We have two wind turbines at MSIP, owned and run by Ecotricity and they are each 85m high – that’s 4.5 V&A Dundee’s piled up on top of each other!
  13. These two wind turbines can each generate enough energy in a year to make 350 million cups of tea.
  14. The power generated from the two turbines means those located at MSIP can access off grid electricity, developed from a natural green source – the wind – which on the East Coast of Scotland is something we have plenty of!
  15. One side of MSIP is neighboured by the Dighty Burn, a stream that is 12 miles in length that flows through the north and east of Dundee.
  16. The other side of MSIP is neighboured by the Fithie Burn, a stream that flows 2 miles west southwest of Tealing in Angus, then east and southeast for 7 miles before joining the Dighty Water at Baldovie.
  17. Dundee has one of the highest concentrations of electric vehicles (EVs) and offers one of the most connected EV charging environments, across the whole of the UK.
  18. We have Electric Vehicle charge points already at MSIP that are free to use, with plans to install more as we welcome more companies and visitors.  
  19. MSIP is home to a variety of wildlife – this week alone we have spotted a family of deer, rabbits, pheasants and a Kestrel. However, studies have yet to reveal any variety of protected species, and/or bats.
  20. The RRS Discovery, located in Dundee and just a ten-minute drive from MSIP, undertook the world’s first climate change research, something that is still used as the benchmark for climate change scientists to this day…
  21. …and just next door to the RRS Discovery is the V&A Dundee Museum of Design, the first Victoria and Albert Museum in the world located outside of London.
  22. MSIP is built on the site of an old farm and orchard, and the remains of an icehouse still resides on the land at MSIP.
  23. The MSIP site had a bleaching works in the 19th/early 20th century, linked to the Dundee textile industry.
  24. MSIP is at the direct opposite point to Papatowai, Otago, New Zealand.
  25. If you Google MSIP, you get about 2,770,000 results.
  26. We have launched our plans to hold a large Demonstrator and Showcase Event on 11 and 12 November 2021 and would love for you to be a part of that. You can find more information out here.

Last year we made the decision to rename the buildings at the Innovation Parc. We’ve chosen to name them after people who made significant progress or discoveries in fields relating to sustainable mobility and decarbonisation.

McAdam Building

John Loudon McAdam was a Scottish civil engineer and road-builder who invented ‘macadamisation’, deemed to be the single greatest advance in road construction since the Roman Empire. Its development paved the way for much of the modern world as we know it today.

Johnston Building

George Johnston was a Scottish engineer who spent the early part of his career as a locomotive engineer before designing and constructing Scotland’s first automobile, the Mo-Car.

Ayrton Building

Hertha Ayrton was a pioneering English physicist, and suffragette. Her work and inventions contributed to major scientific advancements at the turn of the 20th century, specifically in the field of electricity.

Cavendish Building

Henry Cavendish was an English scientist, and an important experimental and theoretical chemist and physicist, known for discovering hydrogen, which he termed ‘inflammable air’.

Volta Building

Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta was an Italian physicist, chemist, and pioneer of electricity and power who is credited as the inventor of the first electric battery. The volt, the standard unit of electric potential, was named in his honour.

Fulhame Building

Elizabeth Fulhame was a Scottish chemist who invented the concept of catalysis, the process of increasing the rate of a chemical reaction by adding a substance known as a catalyst, a major step in the history of chemistry.

Foote Building

Eunice Newton Foote was an American scientist, inventor and woman’s rights campaigner. She is known for being the first scientist to make the connection between the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and climate change in 1856. She discovered the warming properties of carbon dioxide and the greenhouse effect and went on to theorise that changing the proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would change its temperature.

Telkes Building

Maria Telkes was a Hungarian biophysicist, scientist and inventor who worked on solar energy technologies, best known for her invention of the solar distiller and the first solar-powered heating system designed for residences. She is considered one of the founders of solar thermal storage systems, earning her the nickname “the Sun Queen”.

Bolton Building

Ogden Bolton Jr. was an American inventor known for being granted the first patent for a battery powered bicycle, making him an early pioneer for the e-bikes we have today.

Parker Building

Thomas Parker was an English electrical engineer and inventor who is known for creating one of the first practical electrical cars in around 1884. He patented improvements in lead-acid batteries and dynamos and was a pioneer of manufacturing equipment that powered electric tramways and electric lighting.

de Rivaz Building

Francois Isaac de Rivaz was a Franco-Swiss inventor best known for inventing the hydrogen-powered internal combustion engine with electric ignition in 1807. A year later, Isaac built an early automobile for his new engine to power “the world’s first internal combustion powered automobile” – a hydrogen car.

McCall Building

Thomas McCall was a Scottish inventor who is best known for being the first man to achieve rear-wheel drive on a bicycle and also producing the first rod-driven two-wheeled, bicycle called the Treadle Bicycle in 1869.

Blyth Building

James Blyth was a Scottish electrical engineer, who was a pioneer in the field of electricity generation through wind power. Built in 1887, his wind turbine was the world’s first- known structure by which electricity was generated from wind power. He patented his design and later developed an improved model.

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Hydrogen technology company Arcola Energy Ltd will bring up to 135 jobs to the former Michelin site in Dundee over a three-year period, after securing a £1.5million grant from Scottish Enterprise.

The company, which specialises in fuel cell technology integration, will be one of the first tenants at the Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) – a joint venture between Dundee City Council, Michelin and Scottish Enterprise on the former tyre factory site to become a world-leading sustainable transport hub.

The Regional Selective Assistance grant will allow the company to progress plans to create a new engineering and manufacturing facility at MSIP in the months ahead. The first phase will bring in around 20 employees to support the Scottish hydrogen train project and product development for hydrogen-powered vehicles, with the remainder being recruited over the next three years as Arcola expands production at the site. Arcola also has a rail engineering facility at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and plans for a service centre in Glasgow.

Arcola CEO Dr Ben Todd said: “We were attracted by MSIP’s ambition to become a leading hub supporting the decarbonisation of Scotland’s transport system and infrastructure, and in particular by the hydrogen production and fuelling facility that MSIP is building to support development and deployment of zero-emission vehicles.  We are very pleased to be an early part of it.

“This new facility will be Arcola’s main manufacturing base, supporting our growing business needs as we expand our range of heavy-duty fuel cell vehicles.”

The company’s new Dundee facility will support their work in adapting heavy-duty vehicles and transport applications to zero-emission, hydrogen-powered solutions, supporting Scotland’s ambitions for a net zero carbon emissions economy.

Andy McDonald, Head of Low Carbon Transition at Scottish Enterprise, said: “This announcement is obviously great news for the company and the people of Dundee, but also in terms of the growth of our sustainable mobility sector.

“The creation of MSIP has been a huge step in supporting the growth of this sector and Arcola will be a really exciting addition to the facility, as well as a real boost to the efforts towards establishing Scotland as a world leader in sustainable mobility.”

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop added: “The Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc vision is to be a world class centre of sustainable mobility and low carbon energy. We want Scotland to lead the way in developing and manufacturing the technologies of the future and MSIP will be vital in helping us achieve this.

“This announcement is another positive step forward for MSIP and Dundee as a hub for the green jobs that will be vital to our post-pandemic recovery.”

MSIP CEO Greig Coull said: “When MSIP was established, jobs creation was the priority and that is still the case. Our ambition is to have 850 jobs located at the Innovation Parc by 2028. Today’s announcement is a big step towards achieving that. “I’m pleased Arcola has recognised MSIP as the best place to grow its business. I’m sure the people of Dundee will join me in welcoming this news and I look forward to seeing the impact that Arcola will have at MSIP, but also across the City and Scotland over the coming years.”