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18 Jun 2010 05:06:25

Energy Innovation Awards 2010

Individuals and companies flying the flag for energy innovation and sustainability have been honoured at the Inaugural Energy Innovation Awards.

Leading figures from across the energy sector descended on Manchester for last night’s prestigious black-tie dinner at the Hilton Deansgate Hotel, hosted by writer, columnist and presenter Guy Browning.

The awards, the brainchild of Cheshire’s world-class Energy Innovation Centre, attracted entries from across the UK and Europe and plans are already in place to build upon this in 2011.

The awards were supported by a host of leading organisations including the Northwest Regional Development Agency, European Regional Development Fund, Department for Energy and Climate Change, EA Technology Group, EA Technology Ventures, Energy Networks Association, Electricity North West, Envirolink Northwest, IET, Scottish Power, Scottish and Southern Energy and UKTI.

Companies from Merseyside, Greater Manchester and the Republic of Ireland were among the award winners.

Merseyside firm E-Energy Enterprise Limited scooped the ‘New Energy Generation Award’ after impressing judges with its ‘E-Engine’, which allows low temperature waste heat to be used to generate electricity in many thousands of industrial processes.

While Greater Manchester firm Arago Technology, a joint venture between the University of Manchester and EPL Composite Solutions Limited, collected the ‘Existing Performance Improvement Award’ for its unique technology which combines high voltage expertise and composite structure engineering.

Two companies were honoured in the ‘Consumer Benefit Award’ category.
Merseyside-based Furlong Innovations walked away with the ‘Consumer Benefit Award’ for its cost-effective CombiSave technology, which provides “instant” hot water to households with combination boilers, eliminating waiting time for the water to run hot.
And Greater Manchester green property lettings company Beech Properties was awarded a Commendation for its contribution to reducing carbon emissions.

‘Best International Trade Award’ went to FMC-Tech Ltd, of County Clare, Ireland, whose real-time network monitoring equipment is a fundamental component of the Smart Grid schemes.
And a Commendation in this category was handed to Bosnia and Herzegovina firm Turbina IPD Ltd, for its vibration-free vertical axis wind turbine, which can operate in variable wind directions.

The highlight of the Awards, the ‘Energy Innovation Grand Prix Award‘, was awarded to the company judges believed to have shown the greatest overall innovation. This went to Merseyside’s E-Energy Enterprise Limited, and
Arago Technology, from Greater Manchester, received a Commendation.

Collecting the awards, Simon Rowland, a professor at the University of Manchester and founding director of Arago technology, said: "We are a new company, these are our first awards and we are really delighted that the community can see what we are trying to achieve to enable greater power transmission through existing overhead line infrastructure."

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 not only recognise the marvellous advancements in technology being developed behind the scenes, but also the sheer tenacity of individuals and teams investing their all in creating new solutions and technologies. Success happens after most people have given up and we’ve shared our evening with some truly remarkable individuals. Well done to all of the winners. We hope that these awards inspire further innovation within the industry here in the UK and internationally, and we look forward to building upon the success of our inaugural awards in the years to come.”

Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive of the NWDA, said: “The Energy Innovation Awards are testament to the hard work taking place across the region as we work towards the goal of a low carbon Northwest. I’m pleased to support these awards and reward companies for their investment into energy-efficient technologies.

“The region is a leading example, developing energy-efficient, high-tech environmental technologies. I hope that the success of this year’s awards spur others on so that we can continue to build on this success.”

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.

The results:

New Energy Generation Award
Winner: E-Energy Enterprise Limited (Merseyside)

Existing Performance Improvement Award
Winner: Arago Technology (Greater Manchester)

Consumer Benefit Award
Winner: Furlong Innovations (Merseyside)
Commended: Beech Properties (Greater Manchester)

Best International Trade Award
Winner: FMC-Tech Ltd (Co. Clare, Ireland)
Commended: Turbina IPD Ltd (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Energy Innovation Grand Prix Award
Winner: E-Energy Enterprise Limited (Merseyside)
Commended: Arago Technology (Greater Manchester)

For more information about Energy Innovation Centre please visit www.energyinnovationcentre.com

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