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Energy industry gears up for a celebration of Innovation
The brightest innovators in the UK energy sector are being invited to showcase their talents at the annual UK Energy Innovation Awards.
Innovative businesses or individuals can put themselves forward for an award, while nominations can also be made on their behalf by clients, advisors or other professionals.
The awards are organised the Energy Innovation Centre, which is backed by the UK’s largest gas and electricity network operators, many of whom are sponsoring individual categories.
Categories at the 2013 Energy Innovation Awards include:-
· Best Energy Network Improvement
· Best Innovation Implemented by a Contractor
· New Energy Innovation Start Up 2013
· Best innovation contributing to customer quality and reliability of supply
· Best International Trade Award
· Best asset security innovation
· Best network safety improvement
· Environmental impact award
· Best Smart Grid Technology
· Best University Technology 2013
· Growth Innovation of the Year
Previous winners and nominees have gone on to enjoy significant commercial success, such as Furlong Innovations, winner of the ‘Consumer Benefit’ award, whose CombiSave boiler technology is now in manufacture and has won the company several environmental awards.
Denise Massey, managing director of the Energy Innovation Centre, said: “The awards provide an excellent opportunity to showcase creative talent and innovative thinking in front of an influential audience, while also being a shop window for more developed concepts.
“Our network partners are committed to identifying and developing technologies from around the world that can transform today’s energy networks, so it’s a great arena for enterprising innovators to meet and share ideas.
“There is no requirement to have worked with EIC before - our aim is simply to provide a platform for the very best that the UK’s energy innovation community has to offer and perhaps even discover the next big thing.
“Winning a UK Energy Innovation Award could offer innovative businesses or individuals a chance to achieve a step change in their business and accelerate their ideas towards market success.”
The closing date for entries is 15 February 2013, visit www.energyinnovationcentre.com for further information.
Scotia Gas Networks – www.sgn.co.uk
Northern Gas Networks - www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk
Northern Power Grid - www.northernpowergrid.com
Electricity North West – www.enwl.co.uk
Scottish & Southern Energy – www.sse.com
ScottishPower Energy Networks - www.spenergynetworks.co.uk
UK Power Networks - www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/
Notes to editors:
Energy Innovation Centre, founded in 2008, is the leading centre for global energy innovation.
It actively seeks businesses or individuals with a bright idea in energy products or services that they want to turn into commercial reality.
EIC became a company limited by guarantee in April 2012. It connects individual inventors and small businesses with:
· Industry grant funding, equity funding and public sector funding
· The R&D teams of some of the key energy industry players
· Technical support to validate new technologies
· A professional business support network
· Potential customers in the energy sector
The centre, in conjunction with the energy companies, provides a bespoke service to individuals and SMEs so that they can accelerate their products and technologies to market.
The centre is located at Capenhurst Technology Park, Capenhurst, Chester.
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