Renewable Energy Technologies - private sector clients
We have worked with a number of SMEs throughout the UK to develop projects, identify suitable funding sources and to assist in the progression of the projects relating to; micro wind turbines to be utilised on industrial and commercial units, large scale tidal power solutions to demonstrate novel design principles and the equipment required for the installation of ground source heat pumps.
Offshore wind market assessment - private sector client
A Marine navigation equipment company engaged us to provide them with an understanding of the offshore wind market in the UK, and the potential opportunity for the application of their technology within the offshore wind market. The study involved researching and identifying current access techniques, limitations and future developments, identifying key potential users of an improved access systems e.g. Windcat Workboats, Safety Boat Services for the operation and maintenance and gaining initial feedback for the potential for the system improvement. Additional marine operators during the construction were also identified and contacts established.
Energy from the Sea – device assessment - private sector client
With the government committing to reducing the country’s carbon output there is a need to explore all means of renewable energy generation. One key sector for the UK is energy from the sea – tidal and wave which, in theory, could supply upwards of 33% of the countries energy needs. Funded through Renewables East, we were asked to review a new entrant to this exciting and emerging market sector. We were responsible for taking the concept sketches and delivering a technology development roadmap with full costings to take the project from concept to full scale sea deployment. The device was benchmarked against the key competitor devices and was proven to be very cost per kilowatt competitive with best in class. We worked alongside the University of East Anglia to work out the energy production from a given size of device. An intellectual property review was undertaken to give the device owners a view on the potential to secure patents on the device. On the strength of the report findings the client is now seeking funding to build a quarter scale device for sea trials.
Intellectual Property Assessment - private sector client
A specialist electronics company in the East Midlands had been offered some intellectual property (IP) for exploitation in the health environment and that fitted well with their core technology expertise. We were tasked with assessing whether the IP was of a significant strength and worth the investment in both buying the IP and investing in the research and development activity to bring a product to market. Patents from across the world in the field of IP were researched – who owned them, had they been exploited, were they still supported patents and, most importantly, what were they claiming to be novel and how these could be circumvented. The project concluded that whilst there was scope for IP on the subject matter, the IP being offered did not meet the criteria. The company saved thousands by not buying the IP and by not investing in a potential white elephant.