Upcoming Events – 2018

Solar revolution !
Monday 12 November 2018 5:30PM  for  6PM START

Are you going to lead the Solar Revolution or follow it? Is it the way towards reducing human impact to climate change and creating sustainable future of the world?

Perovskite Solar Cells – Disruptive step change or Hype?
Perovskite solar cells have recently emerged as one of the hottest topics in photovoltaics and materials research due to their high efficiencies, reaching 23%, combined with their ability to be printed from solution. The talk will outline key features and advantages of the technology, as well as the remaining barriers to commercial application and future perspectives.

PROFESSOR NEIL ROBERTSON will share with us his insights in the latest development in research. The Robertson research group, Chemistry Department of University of Edinburgh, works on the development of new materials for optical and electronic applications. This includes materials for hybrid and perovskite solar cells, photocatalytic materials for water purification and luminescent materials to enhance solar cells.

Solar Thermal Revelations
STUART SPEAKE of Soltropy will share with us insights that are on the cutting edge technology in evacuated solar thermal collectors that is available in the market.  What can the latest development do to cut your energy costs?​The Scottish Solar Energy Group celebrates these changes and invites you to share ideas on how to promote the Solar Revolution as an alternative to despair about impending Climate Disruption.

​This event will be coupled with our AGM, and we invite all members, non-members and prospective members to participate, as we embark on a revolutionary journey to make SSEG thought leaders and promoters of all things Solar.
How are we going to do this? How is SSEG going to be more relevant to our current needs in society and help this Solar Revolution?  We want to hear ideas from the floor to make these changes happen.

By car: Postcode G75 0NE on Strathaven Rd (A 726) in East Kilbride, just SE of right-angled junction with Common Rd heading North and Stroud Rd High heading South; roundabout also quite close to West, the northward Kingsway, A725, heading to Glasgow; and/or you can join this from Hamilton Rd, still A725 to link with M74, Junction 5 (probably fastest route from East).

By train or bus: Please check the MOOVIT APP for East Kilbride that gives nearest station and bus stops.

Visit to south lanarkshire College
low carbon technology building

Monday 1st October
14:30 to 16:00

registration at 14:15 for 14:15 start
See the building with solar features within SEDA publication “100 Sustainable Scottish Buildings”.
Design by designed by Austin-Smith:Lord, “this building was the first in the UK to achieve an Outstanding rating in the BREEAM 2014 New Construction assessment process at both design and construction stage.” (Austin-Smith:Lord).

​Low Carbon Technology Building
South Lanarkshire College
Scottish Enterprise Technology Park,
College Way
East Kilbride
G75 0NE

To take part in the visit sign up here.

If you would like to join and enjoy our event free go to our membership page.

All-Energy Exhibition and Conference 2018
Visit us on Stand J89
The renewed determination to decarbonise and to support the innovation and evolution of the UK’s energy system will not only develop supply chain opportunities for those who operate here but will also make both Scotland and the wider UK an excellent location for energy investment and collaboration. As the UK’s premier event for new opportunities across this decarbonised energy system, All-Energy is the perfect platform to meet with energy innovators, investors, suppliers and end-users looking to capitalise upon these new opportunities.

Site Visit: Building Integrated PV panels in Appleton Tower

This site visit to view the building integrated PV panels in Appleton Tower will be guided by John Hart of the University of Edinburgh. We will have the opportunity to walk around the site, to see the control room and to hear from John about the installation, workings and control of the panels.

To take part in the visit sign up here.

If you would like to join and enjoy our event free go to our membership page – we are currently running a 2018 yearly membership discount promotion!

Previous Events 

Seminar: Sunspaces and their Performance – Energy and Amenity
Dr Grainne McGill and Paul Farren: Research on Sunspaces

The environmental monitoring of sunspaces, not only the measurements within them relative to rooms behind, but how the sunspaces were designed in terms of their ventilation to the outside and through to the interior, have given us some insight with this new research. This includes how the users engage with manual controls at their disposal and what uses they make of the sunspaces. The measurements and other information should give us some idea as to whether they save energy (as a solar enhanced, edge-insulating buffer, and/or a solar-ventilation-preheat source), and how they function as an amenity (e.g. relaxation, clothes drying).

SSEG Talk and Christmas Revelriespicture
Friday 1 December 2017
50 George Square Edinburgh – Screening Room G.04
Key note speaker:
Professor Harald Haas: Research on Li-Fi -light fidelity- Communications and its use with solar technologies
Professor Colin Porteous: ‘PLEA 2017 reflections’ Adrian Leaman’s 10 criteria for useable buildings applied to a German example.
John Gilbert: ‘Weathering the Future’ how to future proof our buildings and create environments that become an asset.

Pecha Kucha talks on current solar developments
Including a presentation by Dr Faisal Ghani, winner of the 2017 Kerr MacGregor Memorial Award
6pm Monday 25 September 2017
Waverley Court Edinburgh

AGM business
Pecha Kucha style talks including:

    • “Neural Network modelling of a latent heat thermal storage system” by Dr Faisal Ghani – winner of 2017 Kerr MacGregor Award for Solar Innovation
    • “Why not grow a solar farm?” by Rory O’Riordan
  • “The Potential Contribution of Renewables to Decarbonising Energy” by Stas Burek.

Informal chat, Q&A and refreshments to end.


pictureScottish Renewables Solar Conference & Exhibition
06 September 2017

The Scottish Renewables Solar Conference & Exhibition will be held once again in association with the Scottish Institute for Solar Energy Research. This full-day event will offer the most up-to-date policy discussions and will attract the key players and decision makers from the public and private sectors, academia, communities and the supply chain. The event also provides an opportunity to network with others in the industry.

The Kerr MacGregor Award for Solar Innovation – Judged through poster exhibits and presentations by researchers themselves during this event.
The Winner for 2017 is Dr Faisal Ghani on “Neural Network modelling of a Latent Heat Thermal Storage System”
Highly Commended is Juergen Schleppi on “Solar glass as an Enabler of Solar Conversion Technologies on the Moon”
Scottish Solar Energy Group- Site Visit, Irvine Royal Academy
17th June 2017- Meet at reception at 10.30am

Our next SSEG visit will be to Irvine Royal Academy to view its 250kW solar PV array. It covers about 2,000sqm and is the largest to be installed on a school in Scotland.  The array is now generating enough clean, green energy to power over 40 domestic properties.
We will hear about the ethos behind the installation and see a demonstration of the interactive monitoring tool which allows schools access to much of the live monitoring information.

All Welcome!

Address:Kilwinning Road, Irvine, North Ayrshire KA12 8SJ

pictureUsing sunspaces in domestic housing at Cross Gait, Ayr
The day will conclude with a visit to this project by John Gilbert Architects at Limonds Wynd in Ayr, where we will have access to a house in this new development where one of the major features is the use of sunspaces.

These spacious, bright and low energy homes on a brownfield site in the centre of Ayr have presented some challenges to the designers and is part of John Gilbert Architects’ Hab-Lab research project, which is conducting post-occupancy evaluation to examine any performance gap between expected and actual energy efficiency.

An Afternoon of Solar
26th November 2016 2.30pm
SSEG members are cordially invited to visit 2 properties in Edinburgh
This will be followed by drinks and refreshments
One Award Winning Property and one Shortlisted Property feature work by SSEG member Peter Randall

email us on scottishsolarenergy@gmail.com to book your place

picture9 Succoth Park Edinburgh EH12 6BX
Hosts: Rob and Suzie Goodburn
​Architect Rob has transformed an ordinary house into an ultra-low carbon home. Taking a holistic approach to the renovation and extension of the building, every conceivable element of the property has been addressed in the process. Solar plays a key part in meeting the building’s energy needs. Rob will talk us through the project from concept to completion.

picture25 Oxgangs Road Edinburgh EH10 7BE
Hosts: Peter & Marion Randall
This state of the art installation features both solar thermal and solar PV. It is also home to the first Tesla Powerwall battery storage system installed in Scotland. Peter will explain the design objectives, outcomes and show performance from system monitoring. The solar thermal system features custom built collectors produced by SSEG member George Goudsmit at AES.

Site visit – Corriebeg
Saturday 3rd September 2016

Our next SSEG visit is to Ian Jarvie’s new build house in Cupar. Architect and SSEG member Gary Patterson led the project and Jim Norris led the solar installation. Owner Ian Jarvie has kindly invited us for a tour at 2pm on Saturday 3rd September.

Blebo Craigs
KY15 5UF

All-Energy Exhibition
4th – 5th May 2016
SECC, Glasgow, UK
The UK’s premier event for renewable energy and sustainable technologies. All-Energy is the​UK’s largest renewable energy event, taking place on 4th & 5th May in Glasgow, it allows the entire spectrum of the renewables industry to showcase their energy solutions.

pictureVisit to former Athletes’ Village in Dalmarnock with Thenue Housing Association
Wed 27th April 2016
2.00pm – 4.30pm
Assemble at 25 Edinburgh Drive, Dalmarnock, Glasgow G40 4RWKirsty Mulholland from Thenue Housing Association, will be there to meet us and introduce us to the tenants of two homes in the former Athletes’ Village. The houses are heated using district CHP, are fitted with MVHR and have roof mounted solar PV panels. We will have the opportunity to find out how delivery of heat is charged/metered, how the occupants have found comfort and control over their first (exceptionally mild) winter and how these systems have benefited the tenants.
To book your place e-mail Colin Porteous (c.porteous@gsa.ac.uk). Please also let Colin know if you are intending to arrive later and he will forward the address of the second house to be visited where you may join the visit.

Solar in Scotland: The Future and the Opportunity
15th March 2016
Edinburgh Conference Centre,
Heriot-Watt University,
This Solar Trade Association event will cover the full range of industry sectors, exploring the future and opportunities for expanding solar’s share in the energy mix within Scotland’s 100% renewable target. Importantly, each speaker will focus on one or more of the STA’s key asks of the Scottish Government, and our keynote speaker Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP will present his vision for renewables.
STA Scotland is recommending that Scotland sets a goal of deploying 2GW of solar in Scotland by 2020, a tenfold increase from today. Despite the huge challenges from recent UK policy changes, including reductions to the Feed-in-Tariff and early closure of the Renewables Obligation, this ambitious target can still be achieved.

The Macro Micro project
A talk by Neil Burford of Dundee University School of Architecture22nd January 2016
Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art
The Macro Micro Studio is a Masters Unit within the School of Architecture at Dundee University.  Macro Micro is concerned with the theory, design and development of affordable, high quality, high performance housing in Scottish Urban and Rural Environments with a goal to achieving more sustainable low carbon communities.
Neil provided some insight into the work of the studio and the recent project to develop a prototype in Dundee Botanic Gardens.

pictureAssist Architects Energy Efficient House Visit
15 November 2015
153 Monreith Rd East

G44 3DF
SSEG were invited to visit an energy-efficient house recently upgraded by Assist Architects project architect Phil McCafferty with a deep-bore ground source heat pump plus solar thermal and PV
Phil McCafferty as well as Nina Baker and Alistair Whitelaw, the owners, showed us around.

Scottish Solar Energy Group AGM

3rd September 2014

Glasgow Caledonian University,

Our Guest speaker was Professor Colin Porteous, of MEARU (Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit) who gave a brief description of the group’s recent visit to Lancaster Cohousing’s Forgebank project. Theproject of 41 homes and various communal facilities uses several renewable energy sources including solar thermal, micro hydro and PV generation. Colin described his impressions of this unique development which has been built on an industrial brown field site and incorporates several of the surviving buildings as well as the new development.

Forgebank Project, Haltonpicture
Lancaster Cohousing’s Forgebank project of 41 homes and various communal facilities by architects Ecoarc in the small village of Halton ticks many boxes –highly energy efficient, with the German Passivhaus certification proudly displayed; district heating supplied by a 50 kW wood-chip boiler and 5,000 litre thermal store, and domestic hot water augmented by 50 m2 solar thermal panels (40 kW); micro-grid electricity supplied by a 100 kW low-head turbine using the hydro-power of the adjacent fast-flowing River Lune (second 60 kW turbine in pipeline), plus 50 kWp (kilowatt peak) solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays on house roofs and 28 kWp on the old Halton Mill building. It is also located on a former industrial ‘brown-field’ site on the steeply sloping north bank of the river, well above the level of flood risk, and incorporates several of the surviving buildings for ancillary use.
6th and 7th May
All Energy, Glasgow
2015 saw the UK’s largest renewable energy event move to a new home in Glasgow. SSEG had a stand at the show and were delighted to welcome the many visitors who came to enquire about our activities.
25th March 
Macro Micro Project, Dundee
Visit to the highly innovative zero-energy prototype building located at The University of Dundee Botanic Gardens. Neil Burford of Dundee University welcomed us with a short talk and a tour of the building.
18th March
Solar Energy Research in Scotland Talk, Heriot-Watt University
Dr Anne-Marie Fuller, Chairperson of the Scottish Solar Energy Group gave a magical mystery tour type talk about the solar energy research being conducted in Scottish universities. It covered a broad (solar) spectrum of projects from the blue sky solar laser research going on in the labs to the pre-commercialisation work on the ground at the Heriot-Watt solar test site, not to mention the development of new materials that can be used in solar devices and the development of a new solar material (fabric).

Previous Visits


pictureImages have all been taken from SSEG visits: Whitelee Wind Farm, John Wheatley College by ABK Architects, Freiberg Solar Village, ‘The Houl’ Low Energy Home by Simon Winstanley Architect, Bankhall Street by John Gilbert Architects, Lanark Road West by Simpson and Brown Architects, The Glasgow House by PRP Architects