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Saturday, 22 November 2014

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Your innovation could win award

THE search is on to find the UK’s most innovative energy products and services as the 2011Energy Innovation Awards officially opens for entries.

Building on the success of last year’s Inaugural Energy Innovation Awards, launched by Cheshire’s Energy Innovation Centre, the 2011 awards are set to be even bigger and better.

The awards will be held in Manchester on Thursday June 23 and celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations across the UK flying the flag for energy innovation and sustainability.

In addition there will be an international category welcoming entrants from across the world.

The Energy Innovation Centre champions innovation and provides a gateway to accelerate cutting-edge products and technologies to market.

The categories for the 2011 energy Innovation Awards are:

lRising Star Award

lUniversity Spin-out

lNew Energy Generation

lExisting Performance Improvement

lConsumer Benefit Award

lBest Service Provider

lBest International Trade Award

lEnergy Innovation Award – Best of the best

Denise Massey, director of the Energy Innovation Centre, said: “Our Inaugural Energy Innovation Awards were a tremendous success and it is with great pleasure that we announce the 2011 awards are now open for entries.

“There is a great deal of pressure on the energy sector to meet rising energy demand and decarbonising targets, meaning innovation has never been more important.

“These awards bring to the forefront and celebrate the pioneering work which is taking place across the UK and internationally to address the world’s energy problems.”

Joe Flanagan, Head of Energy and ETS at the Northwest Regional Development Agency, said: “We are delighted with the success of the inaugural awards, demonstrating the high level of expertise and innovation within the renewable energy industry, both regionally and nationally. With concerns over climate change continuing, the energy sector is one of the fastest growing areas of the economy and these awards will showcase the industry’s finest.”

Last year’s Inaugural Energy Innovation Awards attracted entries from across the UK and as far afield as Eastern Europe, from a wealth of companies ranging from start-ups through to multi-national organisations.

Among the winners was Merseyside-based Furlong Innovations, which was awarded 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.

The closing date for entries for this year’s awards is Friday April 8.

Entry forms and more details about the awards can be found at www.energy innovationcentre.com

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