Powergen Challenges Britain’s Garden Shed Inventors to Come Up with Next Big Energy Innovation

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A £50,000 prize is being offered by Powergenenergylab.co.uk to help energy efficient invention into production. A nationwide search to find Britain’s next big thing in energy efficiency is launched by inventor Trevor Baylis and top TV tinkerer Dick Strawbridge.

A nationwide search to find Britain’s next big thing in energy efficiency is launched by inventor Trevor Baylis and top TV tinkerer Dick Strawbridge.

Both men are part of the Powergen EnergyLab judging panel – a nationwide energy talent search with the ultimate prize of seeing the top invention going into production.

The initiative, brainchild of energy company Powergen, part of E.ON, hopes to draw entries from all corners of the country, from potting shed inventors to entrepreneurs, from pensioners to students.

Dave Clarke from E.ON’s Power Technology centre of innovation and research, said: “We know there’s an army of amateur inventors in Britain - we already get hundreds of them writing into us with clever ideas on energy saving devices – and now we want to tap into that.

“Powergen EnergyLab will give them a chance to be judged by some of the best people in the business and to potentially see their big idea become a reality.”

Bright ideas can be submitted via http://www.powergenenergylab.co.uk.

Regional heats will be held in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff and Gateshead during November where entrants will have the opportunity to present their ideas and prototypes to a panel of experts. In early December regional winners will go head to head in the grand final in London.

The overall winner of Powergen EnergyLab will get the opportunity to work with the LIFE incubator – a state of the art support service for the development of clean energy technologies – and receive a package worth up to £50,000 of support and advice to help get their idea into production.

Trevor Baylis said: “I’ve spent a large part of my life developing energy efficient inventions – from the wind up radio to the mobile phone charging shoe.

“Now it’s time for me to help find the next generation of great green inventors. I’m looking forward to seeing what the great British public comes up with – and to working with Powergen to see the idea in production.”

Dick Strawbridge said: “At our house we’re always trying to find ways to live greener – that’s why I’m working with Powergen to find the inventions that could change my life - and yours.

“And when the judging comes around I can’t wait to play Simon Cowell to Trevor’s Louis Walsh!”

The Powergen EnergyLab panel will be made up of a number of industry experts renowned for their commitment to energy efficiency and passion for finding innovative ways of reducing carbon emissions:

  • Trevor Baylis - Inventor of the wind-up radio;
  • Dick Strawbridge - BBC2 It’s Not Easy Being Green;
  • Philip Johnson from LIFE-IC - Europe’s only business incubator dedicated to early-stage clean technology businesses;
  • Dave Clarke from Power Technology, part of E.ON;
  • Helen Merrick from Powergen, part of E.ON - the world’s largest private electricity and gas company.

For further information and entry details go to http://www.powergenenergylab.co.uk

For further information please contact:

Cara Ponton at Powergen on 02476 181 303; or

The Powergen team at The Red Consultancy on 0845 077 1984.


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