Former SSE boss Ian Marchant among investors backing Edinburgh wind tech start-up

A University of Edinburgh start-up has completed a six-figure seed funding round to drive the commercialisation of its wind turbine technology.

REOptimize Systems has sealed £300,000 in equity funding from a group of investors including Ian Marchant, the former chief executive of utility giant SSE and Johnnie Andringa, a serial entrepreneur in wind and other renewable energy technologies.

The fledgling firm has developed proprietary artificial intelligence-based technology that aims to maximise energy production on commercial wind turbines.

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It has recently deployed its technology in several commercial projects in the UK and Italy and is also engaged in a pilot project in Germany.

Members of the team at University of Edinburgh start-up REOptimize Systems, pictured before the Covid crisis. Picture: David Jensen
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The firm’s software uses a combination of AI and expert modelling techniques to analyse large amounts of high-resolution turbine performance data. The technology then finds new settings for the wind turbine controller.

Managing director Richard Crozier said: “This is an exciting time for the company as we transition from a heavy R&D focus, to launching our product in the market.

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“Our successful medium scale wind projects have proven that our patented loss-minimisation technology works for our customers. The pilot project on the Siemens turbine is demonstrating it also works for utility scale customers.

“With our technology we can make a huge difference to turbine owners’ bottom line, and ultimately have a really significant impact on climate change.”

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REOptimize Systems is a trading name of Power Enable Solutions. The development has been supported by Innovate UK Icure funding and further grant funding through the Scottish Smart programme from Scottish Enterprise.

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