December 20th, 2012
We’re very happy to be ending the year with a move to our new, larger factory and office space in Roslin !
This move has allowed us to return to Midlothian where the company was founded, as well as give us much-needed extra warehousing and production space. We have also increased our office as we embark on a number of developmen tal and prototying projects for new renewable energy technologies.
The building itself has a rich industrial heritage and is a local landmark – it has a long history of production and innovation and we’re looking forwrad to continuing and extending that legacy.
We’re looking forward to Christmas just as much as we are to settling in to our new home in the New Year.
A very Merry Christmas and a happy and productive New Year from us all.
The Renewable Devices Team.
March 4th, 2011
We want to let you know where we are with regards to MCS Product Certification of the Swift Wind Energy System. Previously we have been listed as a transitional product (Transitional number: 433). To be a part of this list we had to complete the first two phases of the transitional arrangements to show that we were committed to the scheme. You will find us listed here. You may also notice that we were one of only a few fully committed to the 3 phases!
* Phase 1: Contracted to a third party testing/certification body – Completed!
* Phase 2: Self certify the performance, safety and function and – Completed!
* Phase 3: Complete certification through the third party testing/certification body – In progress!
o MCS 006
o MCS 010
o MCS 011
o BWEA 29th Feb 20084
However as of 31st December 2010 the transitional list was removed/hidden from the consumer and the MCS website only listed fully certified wind turbines. Reasons for doing this can be found here. So how does this affect Swift, you as an Installer and essentially the end user?
Due to our commitment to the scheme we have up until the 30th June 2011 to become fully certified. Swift is still eligible for FiT’s! Our turbine has been under tests for 5 months and preliminary results are looking excellent, we are well on track to complete before the deadline.
February 4th, 2011
After 4 months into testing at the TUVNEL site at Myers Hill we now have the preliminary results which are looking very promising! At this stage we are still a transitional product but are on track for certification by the end of April.
As soon as we get the data we will post a case study on our website.
December 20th, 2010
From all of us here in Edinburgh a very Merry Christmas!
We look foward to continuing our work towards accessible renewable energy in 2011!
Enjoy the holidays, looks like its going to be a white Christmas for us!
November 24th, 2010
We are extremely pleased to announce we have found funding for our first project in India!
This Energy Aid projecct involves the installation of solar lighting and low energy computing to improve the education offered to the students of Basettihalli Community School. The rural village of Basettihalli is approximately 50 miles North of Bangalore City. A local organisation called Durgam Charitable Trust has been helping to develop the local facilities there including a new veterinary hospital and waste management solutions, as well as new buildings and computers for the local school.
For more information, download the RDCT Project Proposal.
If you want to donate or help RD Chritable Trust please contact us.
November 24th, 2010
Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st clean shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.
There are a number of stylish moustaches slowly appearing around the office thanks to the Renewable Devices lads supporting this great cause.
If you want to donate go to the RD Ronnies go yo the link below!
Thanks for your support.
August 20th, 2010
The RD group of companies is proud to announce the creation of Renewable Devices Charitable Trust (RDCT) which will develop and applies the use of locally accessible Renewable energy Technologies in developing countries to help alleviate fuel poverty. The Trust allows the RD group to continue to deliver it’s prime objective of delivery accessible renewables across the globe.
RDCT has been set up to positively affect the lives of the energy-poor in developing countries by the provision of energy from renewable sources in order to:
- advance environmental improvement through sustainable development; advance education through the implementation of lighting schemes and information computing technology at schools and within local communities;
- provide relief to poverty through stimulating and assisting local communities; provide relief to poverty through stimulating and assisting local industry to enter the renewable energy sector;
- advance health, including the prevention of sickness, disease and human suffering by the provision of consistent renewable energy supply needed for vaccine refrigeration, water purification and field medical equipment.
RDCT applies the Renewable Devices group’s many years of experience in the renewable energy sector internationally, helping aid rural electrification and providing remote power worldwide. The group is internationally acclaimed for its work in developing countries, its designs and its sustainable business strategy. In 2005 the group won the internationally acclaimed Ashden award for sustainability. The charity has direct access to these award winning experts who cover all fields of renewable energy and sustainable development including: mobile medical facilities, such as the SEM Mobile birthing unit built by the group in 2005 and now saving lives in Malawi; rural electrification (wind/solar system Dori School, Burkina Faso 2007), biomass (Dumfries Community hospital 2008), wind (Developed and manufacture SWIFT wind turbines worldwide since 2002), hydro (pico hydro projects across Sri Lanka) and solar technologies (Developing low cost solar thermal in association with Anglian Windows, MCS accredited installers of PV systems).
Since July 2010, RDCT has been based in Bangalore, India. RDCT’s initial charitable activities will be in three distinct phases:
The First Phase, which is already underway in India (with the benefit of financial and technical support from Renewable Devices Swift Turbines Ltd) will last 6 months and will include technology testing of renewable energy equipment in India which will be used to deliver remote renewable power systems. This will include a number of pilot schemes to test suitable technology, logistics and costings – the first pilot scheme will be the provision of a solar and wind system to provide energy for lighting to a “slum school” in Bangalore and this is currently underway.
The Second Phase, (which will be funded by donations from UK companies seeking to support renewable projects in developing countries), will entail a sequence of demonstration schemes to be installed over a period of 6-12 months – progressively proving the remote renewable power systems approach through delivery in a number of communities of locally sourced sustainable, micro-generation renewable energy solutions aimed at delivering RDCT’s charitable purposes. Each scheme will showcase the use of the renewable energy technology and the local industry used to manufacture the equipment. Each scheme in this Second Phase will use the renewable energy generated on site to deliver tangible health and education benefits to the local communities.
In the Third Phase, RDCT will work closely with local renewable energy equipment manufacturers in India to deliver locally-sourced remote power systems based on micro-generation renewable energy established in the Second Phase, together with the provision of vaccine fridges and medical sterilisation equipment to remote locations in India to alleviate suffering from disease and infant mortality, and to provide the energy necessary for the advancement of eduction.
The Board of Trustees includes the founders of the RD group, Dr Dave Anderson and Dr Charlie Silverton, as well as Will Howell, who is currently in Bangalore managing the charities initial projects, which will deliver renewable energy to the fuel poor through the provision of wind and solar energy to deprived schools in the area.
April 26th, 2010
Hurrah! The new FiTs have arrived! Please go to the ‘Downloads’ page to download the new FiT Factsheet which will explain everything you need to know about the transition, grants and how to apply.
April 9th, 2010
Renewable Devices SWIFT turbines, Edinburgh based and one of the UK’s leading wind turbine manufacturers is pleased to support the Edinburgh science festival at the city art centre. Come see a full size SWIFT demo unit on floor 5 which is dedicated to Scotland’s world leading efforts in renewable energy.
For more information visit www.sciencefestival.co.uk
March 9th, 2010
Our European Patent was accepted for grant last week resulting in progress towards the completion of our international patent portfolio!