Sunday, 26 June 2011

Warwickshire innovator shines at the Second Annual Energy Innovation Awards

A Warwickshire innovator flying the flag for energy innovation and sustainability was among those honoured at last week's Second Annual Energy Innovation Awards.

Leading figures from across the energy sector descended on Manchester (on Thursday June 23) for a glittering ceremony at the Hilton Deansgate Hotel, hosted by comedian, author and broadcaster Mark Steel.

The awards, the brainchild of Cheshire’s world-class Energy Innovation Centre, attracted entries from across the UK and Europe, with entries up 34% on last year’s inaugural awards.

Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, was unable to attend the awards but sent his congratulations to all of those who had worked to make the awards such a success, and particularly commended the winners.

Engineer Lee Summers (pictured above with his award), technical director at Warwickshire’s EOS Energy, which develops and supplies a range of renewable energy systems, scooped the prestigious ‘Rising Star’ award.

The audience heard how Lee has installed some of these developing technologies on his own company buildings, thus proving their viability in reducing demand and creating financial savings in many areas.

His primary goal is to become one of the foremost experts on the deployment of photovoltaic systems in the UK, all this while undertaking further academic study.

Collecting his award, Lee Summers said: “I’m very grateful to be recognised. At Eos Energy we work hard on making renewable energy easy. I couldn’t do it alone, it’s a combination of a team effort to create a mass market for renewable energy in the UK.”

The Energy Innovation Awards 2011 are supported by a host of leading organisations including the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), CE Electric, EA Technology Group, Electricity Northwest, Energy Networks Association (ENA), Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), The Northwest Fund for Energy & Environmental, ScottishPower Energy Networks, Scottish and Southern Energy and UK Power Networks.

As a special element to this year’s Energy Innovation Awards, the audience heard from two winners of the 2010 inaugural awards, who revealed how their innovations had progressed during the 12 months since winning their awards.

Mike McCormack, managing director of Irish firm FMC-Tech, which won last year’s ‘Best International Trade’ award for its innovative smart grid compatible real-time power line monitoring technology, revealed his company is to be acquired by GE, with the deal set to complete in early July 2011.

While Lisa Thomson, project manager at Merseyside-based Furlong Innovations, which scooped last year’s ‘Consumer Benefit’ award told, how its innovative CombiSave boiler technology is now in manufacture, and the company has gone on to win several other environmental awards.

Addressing the 200 strong audience, Denise Massey, Director of the Energy Innovation Centre, paid tribute to all of the winners and runners up as she said: “These awards celebrate the sheer skill and determination of individuals and teams who are working so hard behind the scenes to develop cutting edge-energy products and services which will benefit the environment, customers, and strengthen the energy industry moving forward. Tonight was their chance to shine. Well done to all of the winners and finalists.

We hope that these awards inspire further innovation and we look forward to building upon the success of these awards again in 2012.”

The Energy Innovation Centre, located in Capenhurst, Cheshire, fosters innovation and provides a gateway to accelerate cutting-edge products and technologies to market.

Manchester-based company Out There Events supported the Energy Innovation Centre in staging the awards.

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