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Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 A Catalyst for Change RENEWABLES EAST

Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 3 Renewables East 03 Offshore Wind skills awareness 27 and recruitment events “We all want to see the East of England at the cutting edge Chairman’s Introduction 04 Low Carbon 28 of the low-carbon revolution, creating new jobs and expanding Managing Director’s Review 06 Development Initiative our credentials for research, development and innovation. Regional Politicians 09 RE advice saves us £30k a year 30 With the support of organisations like Renewables East, Biofuels and Advanced 12 Resource Efficiency East 32 we have a real chance of succeeding.” Conversion Technologies Fuel poverty 34 Barbara Follett, Minister for the East of England Renewables East helps secure 14 significant European funding Beating fuel poverty 37 Biofuels East 16 OrbisEnergy - home of offshore 39 renewables in the East of England Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 Helping innovators to market 18 Getting the shot 40 Renewables East Forecasting the future 21 Paula Jennings 41 Supporting Offshore 23 Renewables East is a private, independent • gained over 250 company members Renewable agendas The way forward 42 not-for-profit organisation tasked with delivering the services of a renewable energy agency for • been recognised by Central Government Giving support and confidence 26 Annual accounts 44 the East of England. We work as an expert and as an exemplar model for regional ‘honest broker’ of opportunity between the public renewable development. Events 46 aspiration for a low carbon economy and the commercial reality of sustainable and profitable During 2008/2009 we have successfully launched The Team 48 operations. This role is only made possible through the following programmes and initiatives the public investment we receive, with EEDA continuing to be our main investor. • Biofuels East • Resource Efficiency East. Credits 50 Where required, we mobilise further public funding to support key strategic interventions For this coming year we intended to launch Contact details 52 and those specific areas that will deliver new two further enterprises jobs into the low carbon economy. • anglian GOwarm In this annual review we have covered some of the • Low Carbon Development Initiative. highlights of our activity over the last 12 months and look forward to many new opportunities. Together this activity has enabled the East of England to become and hopefully remain, the Since our creation in 2003 we have leading English region in producing renewable electricity. Looking to the future, we continue • directly invested over £5m in the development to seek new partners who have low carbon of the low carbon economy aspirations and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can support you. • levered an additional £40+m public and private further investment as a direct result of this work We trust this annual review will be of interest to you. • worked with almost all regional and local authority partners

4 Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 5 A difficult economic backdrop and a challenging planning “The difficult economic climate does not seem application system have done nothing to dampen the to have had a negative effect either on the enthusiasm for renewable energy, or the successes enjoyed desire for innovation, or on the belief required by Renewables East, now in its seventh year of operation, to drive forward large scale renewable projects.” reports Chairman John Reynolds. John Reynolds, Chairman Councillor John Reynolds Renewables East and EEDA Chairman’s Introduction As Renewables East moves into its seventh year of operation, we can look back on a year that, without doubt, has been one of the busiest - and one of the best - 12 month periods not just for the company but also for the wider renewables industry. Given the current economic climate, it is quite of the Year title. Of course JDR Cables have It is not just national issues causing delays. The above and beyond its contractual requirements, remarkable that we have had such a good year. been a great success for the renewables industry, local planning system also is causing bottlenecks. consistently ensuring ever better value for the Yet, while financing for renewable energy projects having won several multi-million pound contracts. As Chair of the Regional Assembly and a public investment made in us. and technologies faces a far tougher environment, Councillor myself, I appreciate the challenges this does not seem to have had a negative effect Such advances give us the confidence to believe and misunderstandings that are raised during But most all I would like to thank our 250 plus either on the desire for innovation, or on the that with a multi billion pound renewables industry the planning process when it comes to renewable company members, and our wider support belief required to drive forward large scale now firmly established across the East of England, projects, in particular onshore wind. In response, network, for enabling the region and Renewables renewable projects. we can look forward to new, emerging and over the last three years we, with the British Wind East to continue to expand and to strive towards established companies all continuing to prosper. Energy Association, have run an annual event for a lower carbon economy. Recent successes for example include the University councillors and planners to help cultivate a better of East Anglia building its biomass gasification It is clear though – financial crisis aside - that understanding of wind. These events also involve combined heat and power unit; Scottish and the biggest adverse impact on the growing and a visit to a working windfarm. If you have any Southern driving forward the 500MW Greater expanding renewable energy industry comes doubts at all about wind energy then I recommend Gabbard offshore wind farm; and the many from the planning system. The dual challenges you join us on a visit, as the comment I most often new anaerobic digestion projects coming of climate change and energy security do not hear on these visits is: “I thought they would be through the planning system. allow for us to delay these appropriate, necessary noisy.” Modern, sensitively and appropriately and valuable projects. It is disappointing then to located windfarms should be embraced by all. And it is not just project developers making note that most of these delays come from the great progress. The supply chain is moving Ministry of Defence. Promises have been made Finally, I would like to thank my fellow Directors forward too and it was good to see Patrick and pieces of paper signed, yet the uncertain at Renewables East and our able team, led by Phelan, Managing Director of JDR Cables, aviation issues seem still to be causing unnecessary our Managing Director James Beal. Again and win the Cambridge Evening News Businessman and costly delays in approvals being granted. again this small and focused team delivers

6 Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 Renewables East, now with over 250 company members, has had its busiest and most successful year to date. Here, Managing Director James Beal looks back over an intense 12 months. James Beal Managing Director’s Review Without doubt the single biggest challenge for the Renewables East team over the last year has being keeping up to date with the enormous changes to the renewable energy and low carbon world through emerging EU, national and local strategies, policies and actions. It is clear that renewable energy is now becoming funded by the East of England Development Latest figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change part of the mainstream business and investment Agency (EEDA) and the European Regional processes. With that in mind we have tried to Development Fund (ERDF). By developing closer ensure that small and medium size enterprises working relationships with organisations such as Installed capacity Actual generation - the lifeblood of the regional economy - continue Business Links East and the Manufacturing Advisory to be well placed and supported, and so able to Service, we have now started to roll out direct 800 2,500 develop new products and services through the support to regional businesses to help them 700 information, links and opportunities that we share improve their profits by reducing waste, water use 2,000 with them. When appropriate we have also and energy consumption. This is a vital offering 600 ensured that their voice is heard by those in from Renewables East as we can now help 500 1,500 MWe GWh power and by the decision-makers. companies reduce their carbon impact through 400 improved resource efficiency, and mobilise 1,000 300 As well as our support for industry we also renewable energy to provide a low cost and low continue to work across the region, supporting carbon secure source of energy for the future. 200 500 local authorities and public agencies to prepare 100 for, and to realise, the opportunities offered by In 2008 we became the first region to produce 0 0 the new low carbon agenda. over 2GWh of renewable electricity, which h n Ea ort est Yo Mi ast es um s id er ut ds W t t st h n Ea ort est Yo Mi East es um s id er No th E s W t t st rth as es rth as es W s/H and W s/H nd u d ut do ut do Ea Ea tM b tM b So lan So lan N W N W st h E No h E rk dla represents more than 20 per cent of England’s So on So on rk dl st h L L Heading up Renewables East always guarantees total and also means we have seen a threefold new and exciting challenges. One of the biggest rise in renewable capacity in the region in only was mobilising the support structures and six years. Back in 2003 we had an installed partnerships necessary to start delivering the capacity of only 258 MW - that will rise to £2.1million Resource Efficiency East programme more than 750 MW this year. Other biofuels and wastes Landfill (cont. pg 8) Wind and wave Hydro

8 Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 9 Political leaders “The recession has been tough for the whole industry from across the region and Renewables East have been great in supporting us.” applaud the efforts of Bob Durrant, USL Renewables East over the past 12 months. Managing Director’s Review (continued) MP Tony Wright Barbara Follett, MP Though we remain confident that we will reach launch a new enterprise to secure future low Politicians lead praise for the work of Renewables East our target of producing 14 per cent of our carbon developments in key regional housing electricity from renewables by 2010 (including and business premises assets. The Low Carbon Regional Politicians offshore) that doesn’t mean we can sit back. Development Initiative has almost secured This is still only a reasonable start to a process £2.2million funding for Phase One and will be which, due to the increasing pressures of looking to secure a further £4million through Great Yarmouth MP Tony Wright The growth of renewable energy has given us tackling climate change and addressing energy further public partners over the coming months. an opportunity to continue with that important security, needs to accelerate rapidly. These investments will effectively de-risk and The Government’s Renewable Energy Strategy is sector and to work with Renewables East in bring forward site-wide low carbon solutions, on dealing with the challenges we all face, but it is helping to deliver the Government’s targets. The renewable electricity marketplace now seems a scale that is required but simply has not been reliant upon local delivery if it is to be a success. well developed with multi-billon pound projects delivered yet in the UK. The resources committed already in our area are Barbara Follett, MP like London Array, Sherringham Shoal and Greater paying dividends. Minister for the East of England Gabbard in advanced stages of development and With funding and investment support from DECC construction. ‘Round 3’ Offshore Wind will take and EEDA another new enterprise is being created With Renewables East leading the way in East “We all know that we are fast using up the this even further, but the region needs to do more to help tackle fuel poverty by installing energy Anglia towards a low carbon economy we have resources of this planet and that most of these to understand and capture the huge opportunities efficiency measures and renewable energy devices the confidence that we can play our part in hitting cannot be replaced. This makes preserving what available from renewable heat, combined heat to those people most in need in the region. anglian the Government’s targets. Just recently I visited we have, using renewable energy and finding and power, and advanced biofuels for transport. GOwarm will be a community interest company a constituent’s house in the rural part of my greener ways to live, really important. trading under the established GOwarm brand. Over constituency where they had had installed a In launching BioFuels East last year we are looking the next two years some 50,000 properties will be new air source heating system and solar panels, “Despite these economically challenging times, to develop a collaborative network to encourage visited, bringing forward 12,000 energy efficiency with funding coming through Renewables East. the Government has continued to maintain and greater success for academia, industry and measures and 500 renewable energy installations. Already the householders can see the benefits encourage substantial public and private investment researchers, replicating the work we undertook Our first area-based activity starts in St Neots to themselves apart from the low carbon nature in low-carbon and renewable energy generation. with the highly successful British Bioalcohols Group. during 2009, made possible by our local authority of the technology. Renewables East has made an important Their £1.4million ‘HOOCH’ project, which only partners Huntingdonshire District Council. contribution in our Region by initiating and took three years to secure funding is now, And of course the benefits of the £2.1million supporting activities which help us all to become with the support of DEFRA and several regional Renewables East has always been a dynamic, Resource Efficiency East scheme to help businesses more carbon-friendly. businesses, academics and researchers, exploring flexible organisation, responsive to the changing adapt to, and compete in, an increasingly low the future of lignocellulosic alcohols for the region. needs, opportunities and challenges surrounding carbon environment across the region, are clear. “We all want to see the East of England at the It is an approach that is ripe for development across the bringing forward of a low carbon economy. cutting edge of the low-carbon revolution, creating the numerous world-leading organisations and Our work simply wouldn’t have been possible Of course the other aspect to consider is the new jobs and expanding our credentials for individuals we have at our disposal in the region. without the continued support and leadership employment opportunities in this sector. We in research, development and innovation. With provided by EEDA, and the many regional Great Yarmouth have a recognised history in the the support of organisations like Renewables This year with the support of ERDF, Cambridgeshire stakeholders, businesses and local authorities energy sector through the oil and gas industry. East, we have a real chance of succeeding.” Horizons and Dacorum Borough Council, we will we have had the privilege to work with.

Renewables East BioREGen promoted the deployment of anaerobic digestion (AD) with the biogas being available as an energy source not only for electricity and heat generation but as a vehicle fuel. Biomethane from AD and landfill sites can help reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector.

12 Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 Bioenergy has now been recognised both globally and nationally as being a vital part of renewable energy as we face the challenge of climate change. It is sustainable and can provide economic return. Developing the commercial potential of Anaerobic Digestion Biofuels and Advanced Conversion Technologies (Anaerobic Digestion and Gasification) how the projects fit the crop rotation of a particular Renewables East: Woodfuels East Above: AD Plant farm. These economic evaluations can be complex Sweden given the volatile nature of agricultural markets. Renewables East is represented on the Steering Committee of this major EEDA initiative. The ‘neutral’ position of Renewables East has The Renewables East BioREGen project was Some major projects have been announced also proved invaluable in giving advice to Woodfuels East provides support to woodland conceived by Renewables East in 2005 and and are in various stages of development developers and also when working with other owners, woodland managers, agents and whilst finishing in 2008 it left a positive, regional agencies. consultants, contractors, boiler installers and continuing legacy. The concept was to deploy • the Agrigen project at Bentwaters Parks woodfuel users. The project aims to use locally advanced conversion technologies in the East has received planning permission and The opportunities within anaerobic digestion sourced wood from existing undermanaged of England. Focussing on the ‘new’ technologies aims to build a 1.5MWe installation. have led to one company - ADD Energy - being woodland to provide heat in small to medium of anaerobic digestion and gasification it worked • Glendale Power have recently announced created, based at Hethel near Norwich, focussing sized boilers. Using this resource sensitively with many companies, introducing them to the plans for a plant at Halstead, Essex. on smaller scale plants. by thinning or coppicing will not only provide commercial potential of the technologies and • Local Generation have received planning woodland owners with diversified income helping to stimulate projects in energy recovery permission for a £10million project in Pyrolysis and Gasification streams but also, and importantly, reduce our from various residues. It also involved Richard March adjacent to the Fenmarc factory. carbon footprint and improve the woodland Parker, Bioenergy Development Director in • dairy farmer Stephen Temple is building The 3MWe pyrolysis plant at Huntingdon has been for future generations. national initiatives for anaerobic digestion. a farm-based plant for slurry, grown crops constructed by Purepower Ltd and is undergoing and cheese byproducts. commissioning. The first of several similar projects Renewables East: Bioenergy Anaerobic digestion has now been accepted by envisaged by CEO Adam Overfield, it will divert government as a technology to progress given All projects received some early assistance annually 30,000 tonnes of waste wood from Bioenergy has now been recognised both globally the ‘win,win’ scenario of landfill diversion and through the BioREGen project. landfill as well as creating additional jobs. and nationally as being a vital part of renewable creation of renewable energy for electricity, heat energy as we face the challenge of climate change. or transport. Regional projects are divided between Renewables East continues to supply advice on a The Combined Heat and Power biomass gasifier It is sustainable and can provide economic return. farm-based and food waste plants, both having confidential basis and several agricultural projects at the University of East Anglia will be commissioned different financial models. With UK aspirations utilising grown crops, with some additional in late 2009. Utilising woodchips from sustainable Renewables East continues to provide advice and for some 800 farm scale plants, they will utilise non-food waste feed stocks, are being considered sources in Norfolk it will have the effect of reducing raise awareness in areas such as grown energy, animal slurries or grown crops. Food waste projects around the region. Many issues need to be the UEA’s carbon emissions by over 30%. pelleting and utilisation of many agricultural are more complex having funding issues due to considered, such as the use of the digestate (a residues such as straw and even horse manure! sourcing suitable and contractable feedstock. very valuable fertiliser and soil conditioner) and

14 Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 15 “We set out to secure funding to help stimulate Together with its partners, Renewables East helped secure growth in the use of renewable and alternative £2.26million of aid from the European Regional Development energy technologies, support the drive for a Fund Competitiveness Programme to support its Pathfinder low carbon economy, and promote and increase Innovation Centres for Sustainability project (PICS). demand for the use of low carbon technologies.” Carole Randall, Renewables East Funding will deliver regional centres of excellence in low carbon innovation Renewables East helps secure significant European funding With an overall budget of £5.6million, PICS will • work with local and sub-regional businesses see the development of two major physical centres, to encourage growth in the renewable sector The road to securing funding started after a successful Autumn 2007 trip to the Northern one new highly sustainable building in Cambridge, Ireland Renewable Energy Installers’ Academy by the EREA group of colleges (Bedford built to BREEAM Excellent standard and one • strengthen links with national and international College, Prospects College and Lowestoft College). refurbishment of an existing building brought up partners to facilitate knowledge transfer, also to BREEAM Very Good standard, as well as a broad utilising the New ERA network’s specific links range of services and support. The project will Following that event the EREA group, supported The full PICS partnership consists of Bedford • develop six centres (in Bedfordshire, Suffolk, by Summit Skills, MOVE and Renewables East, College, Cambridgeshire County Council, • accelerate growth in the renewable and Essex and Cambridgeshire) offering business set about collaborating on a number of bids for Consign, Lowestoft College, Prospects College, alternative energy industries by demonstrating support and advice services such as sustainability, national and European funding. Renewables East and West Suffolk College. the potential for retro-fit projects in financing, recruitment and entrepreneurship existing buildings The aim of securing funding was to enable the The key objectives of the project are to • create three business/employer-driven centres group to realise its ambition to support and • develop energy and resource efficient businesses of excellence, achieving economy and efficiency stimulate growth in the use of renewable and • deliver three regional centres of excellence using new technologies to maximise productivity of scale to build business capacity and alternative energy technologies, to support the in low carbon innovation and low carbon develop low carbon supply chains. drive for a low carbon economy, and to stimulate focused enterprises • provide demonstration/exhibition/conference and increase demand in the use of low carbon facilities, showcasing the latest technologies The project officially launches in Autumn 2009 technologies as well as to create a training • develop the supply chain in the low carbon and will run until 2012, creating jobs, assisting network to meet the needs of employers. economy by fostering business support, • provide specialised business incubator units, business and providing a legacy of services and expertise and capacity for innovation housing up to 15 new and existing enterprises facilities which will continue to benefit the While the bids were well received they were not focusing on low carbon technologies over the region into the future. fruitful until summer 2009 when the rebranded New • deliver a communication strategy that three year period ERA group (still consisting of its original members raises awareness of the need to accelerate but now including Skills for Energy and Consign) cost-effective low carbon technologies • provide a carbon reduction information service in partnership with a number of other organisations, secured £2.26million from the European Regional • establish innovative best practice models, • create networks with business growth services Development Fund Competitiveness Programme enabling reductions in the carbon footprint and virtual hub offering online support, to support its Pathfinder Innovation Centres for of businesses and settlements while promoting guidance and information to Small and Sustainability project (PICS). enhanced economic performance. Medium Enterprises

16 Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 17 The global biofuels sector is expanding and diversifying, with investments channelled into the development of advanced technologies. Renewables East fosters collaboration between academia and industry to ensure the world-class universities and research institutes of the region can make a significant contribution to the low carbon biofuels industry. region, and that we did not have to go scouring company with a query regarding that we refer Above left: The British Sugar the world for it. And he was absolutely right. to Richard Parker at Renewables East. Biofuels East bioethanol plant at Wissington - part “We have a very close relationship with Renewables “Bioenergy is a key concern for InCrops but of the region’s biofuels success. East, they provide considerable expertise. We have we are also looking at the use of fibres in the It is three years now since Renewables East organised its first biofuels conference had a highly successful year and we are now automotive industry so as to make vehicles Above right: Ford, with its at Queens College, Cambridge, attracting more than 300 delegates. working with Renewables East and putting lighter and to reduce the carbon footprint of centres of together an output and demonstration activity.” that industry. This overlaps with a lot of Production, Research and the work that Renewables East is doing.” Development in This year has also seen Bianca Forte, Biofuels Essex, pioneers Since then the promotion and support of biofuels plc, and G.R. Wright and Sons Ltd. HOOCH, Co-ordinator at Renewables East, working with Biofuels East - Advanced Virtual Biofuels Hub biofuels. has included involvement with the combined UK established to further production of bioalcohols Dr. Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley, Business Innovation Bottom left: launch of E85 by Morrisons beside Saab’s new from lignocellosic waste materials produced in Manager at InCrops, to develop opportunities Given the success of the BBAG partnership it was Lotus tri-fuel Exige 270E. BioPower car. This then initiated a subsequent the agri-food chain, is co-ordinated by Professor which offer synergies with advanced biofuels felt the same concept could be expanded to cover relationship with Lotus who have since developed Keith Waldron at the Institute of Food Research. development. the whole of the East of England (and beyond). Bottom right: Renewables East: their tri-fuel Exige 270E. He says, for example, that working closely with promoting closer Suffolk brewers Adnams could see greater use Biofuels East and the InCrops Enterprise Hub are Therefore to promote sustainable biofuels (of all links between Richard Parker, Bioenergy Development Director made of organic material that is currently perceived organising a series of regional meetings to lever types and origin) Renewables East has launched industry and the region’s at Renewables East, then helped instigate the as waste. Renewables East introduced HOOCH out the East of England capabilities in algae Biofuels East and the Advanced Virtual Biofuels world-class British BioAlcohols Group (BBAG), a multidisciplinary to the Defra LINK programme which resulted in technologies. Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley says Hub supporting the goal of putting the region at universities. collaboration between Norwich Research Park matched funding for the project. the idea behind InCrops was to bring together the forefront of the drive towards the furtherance scientists drawn from the University of East companies interested in greening up their of biofuels. Anglia, the Institute of Food Research, the John Through the same LINK scheme HOOCH partner business and in developing new processes, Innes Centre and some regional companies. Lotus received funding towards its flex-fuel, new technologies, and products and in using With funding from EEDA, the aim of Biofuels Renewables East has since worked closely with variable compression, two-stroke engine low carbon impacts and non-food crops. East is to help bring together researchers in BBAG partners to identify research and business concept designed to significantly increase fuel academia and industry, particularly within the opportunities in biofuels. efficiency for sustainable alcohol based fuels. Dr. Schlarb-Ridley says: “We are underpinned automotive sector, working to build a database by strong partnerships such as our very valuable with a web-portal, accessible by interested parties, BBAG aims to exploit agri-food chain biomass such Professor Waldron says HOOCH, which effectively one with Renewables East, as well as with UEA, and with a support team to enable personal links, as wheat or oilseed rape straw for the production launched in the New Year, grew out of a suggestion and we are supported by Cambridge University promote partnerships, provide an opportunity of advanced generation bioalcohols. Out of BBAG from Richard Parker: “I was giving a presentation and linked with various research institutes. for people to indicate general areas of research, has grown the HOOCH project which includes nine at the Norwich Research Park and Richard was provide access to latest research from around industrial collaborators - Achor Ltd., Adnams PLC, there. It was he who suggested that the expertise “Our partnership with Renewables East is very the world, and stimulate combined research Biocatalysts Ltd., HGCA, Group Lotus plc, to do what was needed regarding biofuels was powerful and active. Indeed anaerobic digestion bids for funding. Renewables East, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Vireol right to hand, at UEA and elsewhere across the is a very important part of our work and any HOOCH - the acronym is derived from bioalcoHols from lignocellosic waste materials produced in the agri-fOOd CHain)

18 Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 “Renewables East continues to support us and we are now looking for investors, so that design, testing, approval and manufacture can be undertaken.” Jeff Crowder, Managing Director Renewables East offers support across the entire energy sector, enabling innovators to further their ideas whether involved in marine renewable, solar thermal solutions or energy efficiency devices. Helping innovators to market In combination with behavioural change, future technologies are the key element in achieving reduced carbon emissions, increased energy efficiency and greatly reduced dependency upon fossil fuels. Enabling innovators to develop these technologies, and scored against a range of both subjective Case Study One “So I thought about designing a portable Above: Jeff Crowder, working to source their funding, and offering and objective criteria. generator that can be dropped into a stream Managing direct very early stage grant aid, is a key element For Jeff Crowder, Managing Director of or river a metre or so deep and tethered to the Director, of Renewables East’s work. “We support innovators at a very early stage Crowder Energy Solutions Ltd based in the bed, using water flow to generate electricity. Crowder Energy of design, sometimes just discussing ideas, new OrbisEnergy building, help from They can be used in a ‘nest’ and linked together Solutions The Technology Commercialisation Scheme seeks but mostly helping with assessing the Renewables East has proved crucial. to generate more electricity as required. to identify and support those innovations within technology’s technical feasibility and provide the Renewable Sector that are both novel and a level of guidance as to whether there is a He says: ”It is very difficult in this sector to “I went to see James Beal at Renewables East and have the potential for rapid commercialisation. market need for the innovator’s technology. get financial support but I was invited to the asked him what he thought about a small, portable OrbisEnergy Open Day and I asked what were generator and he suggested I had something. Currently Renewables East is supporting some “We help protect the selected innovations through we doing about getting energy to the very 17 innovators through the provision of third party the correct application of design specifications poor and to third world countries. “Nigel Burton-White at Renewables East became technical expertise, access to finance or investment and copyrighting so as to protect the innovation’s my specialist in the field and provided a grant to networks, as well as direct investment that, on intellectual property. A significant proportion of “A vast number of people are not educated take it on. We employed specialists to prove that average, ranges between £5,000 and £15,000. our investment is allocated for professional because they have no light at night to read. my concept provided sufficient energy to be viable. patent advice and early stage patent applications. Hospitals cannot do their work because they Nigel Burton-White of Renewables East says: have no electricity to power their equipment. “Renewables East are continuing to fund us and “We work as a truly independent catalyst and “Our facilitation activities can also add Children are dying because they are breathing we are now taking it to the pre-prototype stage have built a highly respected reputation. Innovators considerable value to early stage innovators, in fumes from heaters and fires. and are looking for investors, so that design, testing, come to us for help and guidance knowing that whether it is connected to potential funding approval and manufacture can be undertaken.” they can discuss their technologies in an open routes, technological partners or and secure forum. Each innovation is assessed commercialisation opportunities.”

20 Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 Renewables East Annual Review 08/09 21 Above: Richard Case Study Two “Hats off to Renewables East - I really do owe Durrant, Barry them. Now I have teamed up with a commercial Knowledge of weather and wind really is power Wilderoder Former Marine Jon Aldiss has spent a lifetime on partner and if all goes well the next step will be and Chris Randle from boats and at sea, and with help from Renewables to come up with a full set of plans and have the Forecasting the future USL Diving

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