New turbine technology spins into Keele
A new company that's aiming to revolutionise wind turbine technology has moved into Keele University Science and Park (KUSBP). McCamley UK is using KUSBP as a base to launch a new style of wind turbine, which is designed to fit on rooftops and for use within urban environments. Generating less noise than a conventional turbine and safer for birds and bats as the blades are enclosed, the turbine will be tested by Keele's MSc students at the Keele University Sustainability Hub, over the next six months.
Following the tests, McCamley UK is hoping to bring its 1kw range of turbines to market by the end of this year, targeting sites such as offices, shops and petrol stations. The company also has plans for a more powerful 12kw product in the pipeline.
Scott Elliott who has a PHD in environmental science and is CEO at McCamley UK, said: "We first approached KUSBP to help us find a suitable site to install and test our new turbine. Its management team worked closely with us to establish the most appropriate location and then we turned to them for assistance in finding office space too.
"When we visited the Park, we were impressed by how many successful companies were located there. The site's reputation and networking opportunities will be very beneficial for our business. We have huge plans for McCamley so need a flexible base that can provide more space and facilities if we need them, as well as the support services to help us along the way.
"Our focus now is on researching and developing our turbine which is a critical next step for us. Keele's students will help us to prove its benefits, performing a number of different tests over the coming months such as noise and vibration modelling. Our product is virtually silent but we need the evidence to support that. It's an exciting and interesting time for McCamley and we're looking forward to developing our range here at Keele and making this our HQ."
Caroline Mairs, head of KUSBP added: "McCamley is a very innovative, young company, so it's great to see it investing in the region. The team will join seven other technology businesses in Innovation Centre 2. We are well placed to support its ambitious growth plans, not only through our links to academic expertise, but by giving them access to flexible office space and a wide range of services such as funding support and sales and marketing advice."