A renewable power company in Corby, which employs 20 people, has launched its latest energy-saving device at Ecobuild 2013, the world’s largest event for sustainable construction, and aims to create a number of new positions.
Marlec Engineering, which has completed a project with Sustainable Construction iNet, developed the system which diverts excess power generated by solar photovoltaic panels (PV) on the householders’ roof, from the grid to the immersion heater.
The system, called Solar iBoost, identifies when the solar PV system is generating surplus power to that being consumed by the householder at any one time and uses this to heat water, reducing energy bills.
The team at Marlec contacted the iNet, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), for business advice on the viability of the product and received funding worth £9,700 towards the research and development stages.
Teresa Auciello, sales director with Marlec, said: “We were all excited to launch Solar iBoost at Ecobuild this year and we hope to have it available for customers to buy within two to three months.
“With the iNet’s support, we have been able to move this project on quicker than we could have done on our own. We hope that Solar iBoost will give us the opportunity to expand our sales and technical support team this year too.”
iNet advisor, Ian Hope said: “The team at Marlec had a great idea with Solar iBoost and we were able to give them the support they needed to run with it. Their goal was to launch it at Ecobuild and we are delighted with the work they have put in to see the project through.”
Ecobuild was being held at the ExCeL exhibition and conference centre at the heart of the new Green Enterprise District in London’s Docklands this week.