Loddon business awarded for energy saving idea
A pioneering Norfolk business has been awarded for an idea it hopes will help tackle climate change.
Loddon-based business Select Innovations Ltd has been recognised for its EnLight product, which helps make street lights more energy efficient.
This week they were crowned as the winner of the Shell Springboard Awards' regional final, and won �40,000 to help spread their innovative idea across the country.
David Aarons, managing director at Select Innovations Ltd, said: 'We really believe our product can make a difference in tackling CO2 emissions and it's incredibly rewarding that such a prestigious programme as Shell Springboard has also recognised its potential.
'The funding and recognition we received will allow us to press ahead with our plans for our EnLight product range, scaling up our ambitions even further to save energy on bigger roads throughout the UK.'
The EnLight is designed to help local authorities keep street lights on by reducing power consumption and enabling lamps to be dimmed during off-peak periods.
It is fitted to each street lamp to ensure the amount of power in the electric circuit remains constant and it is also remote controlled allowing the lights to be lit and dimmed from a central point.
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It is claimed this helps to make savings of up to 70pc, without the need to turn the streetlights off.
The company was presented with the award on Wednesday night by Shell Springboard, a Shell-funded UK Social Investment programme, which provides a financial boost to small and medium enterprises with innovative, low-carbon business ideas.
The programme received 130 entries this year, with 24 businesses shortlisted for awards at three regional UK events.
Since 2005 it has judged more than 1,000 entries and awarded approximately �2 million to 52 businesses across the UK.
John MacArthur, Shell VP CO2 Policy, said: 'It's our belief that the innovative services and technologies that small businesses provide can make an important contribution to reducing the UK's carbon emissions.
'I congratulate Select Innovations Ltd on their success, and wish all of our finalists the very best for the future.'
Select Innovations Ltd's EnLight product was also shortlisted for the East of England Energy Group's Energy Innovation Awards 2012.