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02/02/2011: Electricity North West supports 'Call for Energy Innovators'

Electricity North West is supporting a scheme encouraging inventors to come forward with their ideas for making power networks more efficient.

The ‘Call for Energy Innovators 2011’, led by Cheshire’s world-class Energy Innovation Centre, aims to seek out technologies and processes with the potential to revolutionise the country’s existing power networks.
The scheme offers funding and product testing support to assist innovators developing these products and services.

Mike Kay, Network Strategy Director at Electricity North West, said: “Innovation will be a key enabler of change as we prepare the way for a low-carbon economy.

“Initiatives such as the Call for Energy Innovators 2011 could help us to find and develop a technology with the potential to revolutionise energy provision – not just here in the UK, but globally.

“We are very pleased to support the Call for Energy Innovators 2011.”

With rising energy demand and ambitious de-carbonising targets, innovation has an increasingly important role to play in enhancing the way power is transported, monitored and stored.
 
Industry expert and Chairman of the Energy Innovation Centre’s Investment Forum, Clive Deadman, predicts this emerging market for innovative energy related products and services will be worth over £1bn a year in the UK alone by 2016 – and generate numerous exporting opportunities as other countries adopt these new ways of running electricity networks.
 
Denise Massey, Director of the Energy Innovation Centre, said: “If you’ve developed a new piece of equipment which may be used in the power networks, or have worked in the sector and spotted an opportunity, then we want to hear from you.

“This is an opportunity for innovators to get their ideas before the decision makers and make a real difference to future energy provision in the UK and beyond.”

The Call for Energy Innovators initiative, first launched in October 2010, saw enquiries to the Energy Innovation Centre rise 50%, prompting the Centre and its partners to reopen the initiative for the duration of 2011.
 
The ‘Call for Energy Innovators 2011’ is open to both early stage development and existing technologies with the potential for deployment within the energy industry. It could even be a technology which is already operational in another industry, such as telecoms or retail.

Since its launch in 2008 the Cheshire-based Energy Innovation Centre has provided business support to over 140 SMEs, start-ups and inventors from the UK and internationally.
 
It is also supported by other UK electricity distribution operators, CE Electric UK, ScottishPower Energy Networks and Scottish & Southern Energy.

The Centre offers a complete range of services including product development, funding assistance, business support and access to power experts, and is committed to turning energy saving ideas into commercial reality.
For more information about the ‘Call for Energy Innovators 2011’ call 0151 347 2252 or visit www.energyinnovationcentre.com

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