Glasgow Caledonian University is to be part of an ambitious project which will look to harness kinetic energy from the airflow generated by electric buses in a bid to enhance their operational range.

In collaboration with Green Flow Energy (England), the University has been awarded a grant of £9,894 to spearhead the pioneering feasibility study. The initiative holds the promise of revolutionising the efficiency of electric bus technology, paving the way for sustainable and energy-conscious transportation solutions.

The project is part of a collaborative initiative launched by Interface and the Scottish Government. The Inward Investment Catalyst Fund aims to encourage businesses not currently situated in Scotland to engage with Scottish universities. The latest funding round showcases projects that span diverse sectors, from cutting-edge advancements in hydrogen energy technology to innovative solutions for a health and wellbeing-focused economy.

Dr Mohamed Elgenedy, who is leading the project on behalf of Glasgow Caledonian, said: “I’m thrilled to have been awarded this competitive Inward Investment Catalyst Fund. Our ongoing collaboration with industry partners to introduce the latest innovations toward achieving net-zero emissions is advantageous, not only for enhancing our research reputation, but also for equipping our graduates with essential market skills.”

Interface serves as a conduit connecting businesses from various sectors to Scotland’s universities, colleges, and research institutes. Supported by the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and South of Scotland Enterprise, Interface is dedicated to fostering collaborations that drive growth and innovation in Scotland.