Firm boosted by solar power invention

Ian Hope of iNet and Teresa Auciello of Marlec
Ian Hope of iNet and Teresa Auciello of Marlec

A renewable power company in Corby that employs 20 people is launching its latest energy saving device at Ecobuild 2013, the world’s largest event for sustainable construction, and hopes to take on more employees.

Marlec Engineering developed a system which diverts excess power generated by Solar Photovoltaic Panels (PV) on a householder’s roof from the grid to the immersion heater. The system, called Solar iBoost, identifies when the Solar PV system is generating more power than is being consumed by the householder at any one time and uses this to heat water, reducing energy bills.

The team at Marlec contacted the Sustainable Construction iNet, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), for business advice on the viability of the product and received ERDF funding worth £9,700 towards the research and development stages. Marlec designed the system to maximise the use of free energy from the Solar PV, thereby increasing the efficiency rating of the property, and a wireless connection that makes it quick and easy to retrofit.

Teresa Auciello, sales director with Marlec, said: “We are 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 added: “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.”

The iNet is funded by the ERDF and the University of Northampton. For more details contact the iNet on or telephone 01604 892870.