The Energy Innovation Centre is in talks to export its business plan to the United Arab Emirates.
The Cheshire-based company has been running since 2008 and in that time has taken many energy-saving ideas from the drawing board to the marketplace.
Now energy-hungry firms in the UAE want a similar kickstart for their business ideas, and director Denise Massey has been asked to launch centres in the oil-rich state.
Meanwhile, Massey in is Glasgow today for the RenewableUK 2010 conference and exhibition, where she is to meet the trade body’s chief Maria McCafferty to discuss avenues of renewable business.
Massey told ELN: “We are getting an awful lot more wind, biomass and marine ideas.”
She said the centre had gone from strength to strength since its launch two years ago. “We have become synonymous with industry technology in the north west and now have traction nationally.”
Massey explained that the centre was set up to turn inventors’ ideas into commercially viable products. “People can be technically fabulous but business-wise, maybe not so good.”
The centre offers advice and contacts on all stages of a product’s process, from patenting to final delivery. It works with a network of distributors which includes ScottishPower and Scottish & Southern Energy.
Last month it launched the Call for Energy Innovators 2010, an initiative to seek out technologies and processes with the potential to revolutionise existing power networks.
Massey said: “The message is clear. If you’ve developed a new piece of equipment which may be used in the power networks or have worked in the sector and spotted an opportunity, we want to hear from you.”
And she welcomed the government’s recent decision to put £1bn behind the Green Investment Bank. “We can’t just leave it to the market to find its level. We need a government stimulus.”