Renewables firm brings its HQ, new jobs and new technology to Clyde Gateway

August 8th 2017

Renewables firm brings its HQ, new jobs and new technology to Clyde Gateway

A Canadian energy company has become the latest occupant at Clyde Gateway’s Red Tree Business Suites, in a move that brings a highly skilled team of seven to Bridgeton.

SHARC Energy Systems is the European arm of Vancouver-based International Wastewater Systems Inc (IWS), which has more than 100 years of experience in the heating, ventilating and geo-exchange industries.

The company has taken 974 sq.ft of office space at Clyde Gateway’s serviced offices at Red Tree, Bridgeton on a two-year licence. The office will become SHARC’s new European headquarters.

Clyde Gateway is Scotland’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration programme. It is a partnership between Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise, backed by funding and direct support from the Scottish Government. It is tasked, over a 20-year period until 2028, to lead the way on achieving unparalleled social, economic and physical change across our communities over an area of 840 hectares in the east end of Glasgow and in Rutherglen.

SHARC Energy Systems has designed and developed a new method for extracting waste heat from raw sewage flows. Through heat pump technology, it produces clean, renewable thermal energy for buildings, resulting in vital savings in energy, costs and carbon emissions.

In May 2017, SHARC was awarded £5m of funding from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), managed by the Scottish Government, to install its innovative new technology at five locations across Scotland. These include Clyde Gateway’s Shawfield (Magenta) and Dalmarnock developments, where it is proposed that the SHARC technology will be used to heat Clyde Gateway’s commercial buildings.

Ian Manson, Chief Executive at Clyde Gateway said: “We are delighted that IWS has become the latest company to choose Clyde Gateway, in this case as the location for its new European headquarters. It is particularly exciting as SHARC Energy Systems will also be carrying out work to install its technology at our Magenta and Dalmarnock developments.

“SHARC Energy Systems plans to use a significant waste water resource, located right in the heart of our regeneration area, to heat and cool buildings that we are looking to develop, which will have significant benefits for the Clyde Gateway area in terms of energy and cost savings.”

Russ Burton, Chief Operating Officer at International Wastewater Systems said: “Funding from the LCITP has created the confidence for SHARC to recruit new employees and establish a dedicated Scottish office that is expected to become the headquarters for all UK and European SHARC activity.

“Clyde Gateway is an excellent location with access to a highly skilled workforce. Having Clyde Gateway as the home for our European operations could also provide us with the additional production capacity we need to meet the increasing demand for our products across Europe.

“With a potential heating demand of 22MW, the Clyde Gateway development creates an opportunity for SHARC to demonstrate the capacity of our technology to deliver a truly carbon efficient district heat network service.”

Clyde Gateway feature in the Scottish Cities Alliance’s Pitch Book of investable propositions across the seven Scottish cities https://www.scottishcities.org.uk/cities/glasgow/clyde-gateway

For more information on Clyde Gateway click here https://www.scottishcities.org.uk/cities/glasgow/clyde-gateway or contact Fionna Kell on +44 (0) 141 276 1595.

* Ian Manson, Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway, left, and Lynn Mueller, CEO of International Wastewater Systems

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