Firm commits future to Aberdeen and plans to double workforce by end of 2023.
One of Scotland’s fastest-growing cleantech businesses, Aberdeen-based Trojan Energy, is continuing to grow its business here in the North East by co-locating their headquarters and production facility in the Energy Transition Zone within Altens Industrial Estate.
ETZ Ltd is providing bespoke accommodation for Trojan within the Zone’s W-Zero-1 building (formerly Richard Irvin House), alongside the ORE-Catapult National Floating Wind Innovation Centre. The property is undergoing a comprehensive refurbishment which, upon completion, will provide Trojan the ideal space for their high-value manufacturing along with excellent quality office accommodation.
The company develops the Trojan Electric Vehicle Charging System which aims to support car owners as they transition to electric vehicles by being able to charge on the street outside their home. Currently around 33% of drivers in the UK park their cars on-street and, in cities, the average is around 50%.
Trojan currently has 135 charge points in operation in London and is ramping up production to meet demand. They recently announced the biggest order for on-street charging points anywhere in the UK with 510 charging points to be deployed in Barnet and are anticipating significant growth ahead.
The firm currently employs 45 people at locations across the UK and expects to increase its headcount to 100 by this time next year. They intend to double their Aberdeen workforce to at least 50 in the same period, along with plans to raise £20 million through its latest funding round in 2023.
ETZ Ltd Chairman, Sir Ian Wood, and Chief Executive, Maggie McGinlay, joined Trojan Energy Chief Executive, Ian MacKenzie, at their new office to formally welcome the company to the Energy Transition Zone.
Trojan Energy Chief Executive, Ian MacKenzie, said:
“Trojan Energy is proud of its Aberdeen roots and the opportunity to locate our new headquarters in the Energy Transition Zone is a hugely significant and positive milestone for the company. The move has allowed us to support our growth ambitions as we steadily build up our production team to deliver charging points for our current projects in London.
“I’m very grateful to the team at ETZ Ltd for their support in helping us to reach this point - the building has great facilities and the innovative ecosystem that is being developed in and around the Zone makes this the ideal location to start and grow a cleantech business. Being able to draw upon the incredibly talented energy workforce across the region as we seek to increase our headcount is of major benefit to us.
“Electrification of everything that can be electrified is fundamental to addressing the climate emergency and that is the most important task for this generation's most talented engineers and technicians.
“Trojan Energy is keenly aware of the importance of achieving a ‘just transition’ and ensuring that the benefits of energy transition are felt by the people and communities our technology serves. This an over-riding purpose that all of us at the company share.”
ETZ Ltd Chairman, Sir Ian Wood, said:
“It is a real privilege to formally welcome Trojan to the Energy Transition Zone. They are an extremely impressive company with ambitious growth plans both across the UK and internationally.
“The fact they have decided to commit their long-term future to Aberdeen is a major boost to the local economy and for our ambition to reposition this region as a global leader in energy transition.
“ETZ Ltd is continuing with our comprehensive investment programme to deliver market-ready properties and development sites for high-value manufacturing and the wider energy transition supply chain. We are confident of attracting a range of exciting companies, like Trojan Energy, to the Zone as we progress with our plans.”