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12 Jul 2011 03:07:43

Innovators shine at the second Annual Energy Innovation Awards

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Individuals and companies flying the flag for energy innovation and sustainability have been honoured at the 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.

Companies from Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Wales were among the award winners.

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

Oxford's Cella Energy Ltd scooped the 'Consumer Benefit' award for its nanotechnology which encapsulates complex hydrides. A major outcome from this development programme is a method of high density storage for hydrogen in a chemical or mineral form. The adoption of this technology will make hydrogen a fuel that could be handled safely in the open air and pumped like a fluid. Judges felt this was an innovation with tremendous consumer benefits, making hydrogen an alternative fuel source price competitive with oil, whilst providing greater energy security and the elimination of carbon emissions at the point of use.

Cardiff firm G24 Innovations Ltd collected the 'Best International Trade' accolade after impressing judges by becoming the first company in the world to commercialise a new 3rd generation photovoltaic technology known as dye sensitised solar cells. Using low cost material on a roll to roll manufacturing process similar to ink jet printing, G24i's technology offers a low cost alternative to traditional sources of energy.

The 'Existing Performance Improvement' award went to Greater Manchester's MHA Lighting Ltd, a collaboration between MHA Int-Elect and Luminanz to supply energy efficient LED lighting solutions to public and private sector organisations throughout the UK. MHA impressed the judges with its unique use of LED technology for low level lighting, which uses 70-80% less electricity than conventional lamps. Its LEDs shine light sideways into an encapsulation and reflect outwards to avoid direct contact with eyes. Further features include zero maintenance, safe close proximity applications, no flicker, and their application is ideal for workplaces such as hospitals, offering significant annual savings.

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