|16 April 2016|


Scotland’s oldest university will open a £25 million green energy centre later this year.

St Andrews University has transformed an old paper mill factory in Guardbridge – a few miles outside the town – into a state-of-the-art biomass facility, using wood from sustainable local sources. It will pump hot water from the plant four miles underground to heat laboratories and student residences in St Andrews.

Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing said: “St Andrews is leading the way with a visionary plan. This is a terrifically exciting project and a major investment.

“St Andrews is to be commended for their sustainable energy research centre which will be a significant asset for Scotland as well as for the University.”

The University’s Acting Chief Executive and Quaestor Derek Watson said: “After years of planning and preparation the biomass plant is starting to take shape and will be operational by the end of the year. This represents a major strategic step for the University and underlines our commitment to becoming carbon neutral for energy.

“With the biomass at its heart, the former paper mill site is on the verge of a new lease of life which lends itself to the creation of a range of renewable energies and technologies which will keep the University among Europe’s leading research institutions.

“The Guardbridge project will breathe new life into local communities and re-establish the site as a key economic centre in Scotland, and has the capacity to generate hundreds of new jobs.”