British Government funds energy efficiency study

Six British companies have been given funding to run feasibility studies in what the Government calls the 'first phase of a major initiative' to develop more energy efficient lighting for our homes.

The £1.2M research fund, from the Technology Strategy Board and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), will lead research into making our homes greener.

The companies have been awarded up to £40,000 each to carry out work, over the next three months, to show the technical feasibility of their proposed concepts.

The feasibility studies will then be assessed and the proposals with the most promising technologies will receive up to £450,000 to develop and evaluate prototypes or demonstration units, which will then be subjected to a six month field trial.

Environment minister Lord Henley said: “It is vital that all aspects of society think about what they can do to live more sustainable lives and help to preserve the natural resources we have.

“Efficient lighting can also help consumers make significant savings on their energy bills.

“This exciting competition gives six companies the opportunity to put Britain at the forefront of the global effort to produce new innovative and low-energy products.”

The six companies awarded the feasibility study contacts are: Cambridge Consultants Ltd, Juice Technology Ltd, Marl International Ltd, PhotonStar LED Ltd, Tridonic Atco (UK) Ltd and Zeta Controls Ltd.

All the firms will have to submit their studies by early September, with the Government to consider the next phase in October.

Luke Walsh

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