Established in 2013, PNDC is a whole energy systems research, test and demonstration facility with a focus on the de-risking and acceleration of novel electricity, heat and transport systems that have the potential to make a material contribution to the realisation of net zero emissions. PNDC is an open-access facility and engages with the innovation ecosystem through multiple collaboration models, working closely with government, industrial and academic partners to connect key stakeholders through every stage of the deployment process and enable innovation through collaboration.
2011 – 2013
PNDC’s unique, multi-million pound centre was officially opened on the 15th of May, 2013. As the first of its kind in Europe, PNDC was established to accelerate the adoption of advanced technologies and convert research into low carbon solutions for the electricity industry of the future.
PNDC Wardpark today
2013 – 2023 | A decade of innovation
We celebrated our 10th anniversary on the 15th of May, 2023, with all of PNDC team, University of Strathclyde colleagues, and project partners, marking a decade of innovation.
Expanding energy innovation facilities
PNDC has a track record of accelerated technology testing in its controlled, real-world validation environment, coupled with a rich portfolio of innovation programmes across all aspects of the energy system. We are currently in the process of expansion, including the installation of new and enhanced facilities focussed primarily on net zero heat and transport applications (including hydrogen) to complement its established smart grid facilities.
These new facilities will benefit from a major investment by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Driving the Electric Revolution (DER) Centre – Scotland, positioning PNDC to be a major collaboration partner to businesses seeking to accelerate new electric-powered vehicles and machines in the heavy-duty transport sector (e.g. aerospace, marine, rail and land-based heavy duty vehicles).
By building on the existing capabilities in the Centre, this investment supports the UK in becoming a world leader in Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD), and enables UK businesses and researchers to rapidly develop and scale new PEMD technologies and manufacturing processes.
The Whole Energy Systems Accelerator (WESA) has also been launched – a world-first energy innovation collaboration between PNDC and the Energy System Catapult’s Living Lab that enables the interactions between activity in homes, energy networks and policy interventions to be assessed and validated in real-time.
Government, industrial and academic partners founded PNDC to connect key stakeholders through every stage of the deployment process and enable innovation through collaboration. We perform accelerated technology testing in a controlled, real-world environment alongside a rich portfolio of research programmes across all aspects of the energy system.
To discuss collaborative opportunities, find out more about our partnerships.