JRP's Energy Activator

Energy Experts Launch New Project Management Tool

With increasing legislative, ethical and stakeholder pressure to implement energy savings projects, many organisations are struggling to manage the number and complexity of projects they have to deliver.

Global access, transparency of data, automatic report generation and sorting of projects by multiple criteria are just some of the features of a new web-based software tool, Energy Activator®, to be launched by energy specialists JRP Solutions at Eco Technology 2015.     

“From our experience working to deliver continuous improvement projects, we understood exactly the challenges faced by organisations trying to manage multiple projects across multiple sites and often globally too.  We have designed and developed Energy Activator® to address these challenges,” says JRP Managing Director, Jes Rutter.  Energy Activator®  is a dynamic, user-friendly, web-based project management and reporting tool that enables the capture of energy reduction ideas and facilitates the effective management of a portfolio of energy reduction projects that will significantly improve the cost, environmental and operational performance of industrial businesses.

(Click here to for a video intro. For a full demonstration, contact jane.stanbridge@jrpsolutions.com)

How does it work?

Improvement ideas and opportunities are uploaded to a web based database where they are stored and evaluated in terms of their cost, energy and environmental impact and then prioritised accordingly.

Selected improvement opportunities are subjected to a rigorous gated process requiring stakeholder sign-off at each stage before it can then pass through to the next stage of assessment and approval.

Individual improvement opportunities may be grouped together to form unique projects with all associated documents, images and schematics being stored on the same database providing easy access to all relevant information.

Energy Activator® may be accessed from anywhere in the world and the visibility of the stored information may be restricted, if required, in accordance with the structure and specific needs of the business.

The management reports generated by Energy Activator® provide valuable operational, commercial and environmental information that help to inform capital planning, budget forecasting and environmental reporting.

The benefits:

  • Saves time, money and resources
  • Provides a constantly 'live' listing of project status
  • Ensures consistency of process and reporting
  • Gives global access and transparency of data
  • Supports strategic and tactical decision-making
  • Provides inspiration for new energy ideas
  • Captures all energy ideas, opportunities and projects
  • Aids prioritisation and selection of investment projects to maximise ROI
  • Gated project governance process ensures stakeholder buy-in
  • Captures all data, images and documents
  • Generates automated and bespoke reports
  • Supports the requirements of ISO 50001 accreditation

Energy Activator® offers considerable benefits over existing products and methodologies and can be licensed from JRP Solutions who will provide appropriate training and support.

For more information please contact jane.stanbridge@jrpsolutions.com, or call 07790 888321

Worthing Eco Open House Trail

The first Eco Open Houses trail run solo by Transition Town Worthing saw a wave of visitors during the weekend of the 18th and 19th April, when various homes were open to the public in a unique opportunity for people interested in sustainable housing and energy saving across the Worthing area.  

Visitors could see, with the variation in property and types of refurbishment , great examples of what can be done simply, cheaply and often by the owners themselves.  They were also able to enjoy a spot of tea and cake at eco award winning Henry House - Karen Simporis, the owner, is one of the speakers at The Eco Technology Show.  

The trail included workshops on draughtproofing, solar PV and energy switching as well as state of the art newbuilds on the beaches at Lancing and Worthing (Lancing Beach and Splashpoint Pool), a 1930's school (Downsbrook) and workshops/presentations at 3 community centres (Sidney Walter, Maybridge and Community House). 

Janet Cranch in South Farm Road, (also speaking at The Eco Technology Show) was a great example of what a 70 year old lady can do with a bit of some grit and determination. Janet insulated under her floorboards, single handedly stripped out her fireplace in order to put in a woodburner, and demonstrated how one can live on a state pension in a warm, cosy 1930's home.   

The award winning Relish Show Flat showcased a local housing authority refurbished flat with state of the art energy monitoring systems and countless eco friendly features. It also features as a teaching resource for Worthing Homes, where residents have access to free energy advice and assistance.

The Eco Open House team will be shortly planning another trail, hopefully for April 2016, and will be looking for prospective householders, businesses, sponsors and advertisers. Anyone who is interested in taking part, please contact transitionworthing@gmail.com.

Find out more about Eco Open Houses with a talk from some of the participants from Transition Town Worthing on Friday 12th June at 4pm in Seminar Area 2.

Aquapax at The Eco Technology Show

Here at the Eco Technology Show we invite our exhibitors and speakers to give our viewers a bit more information about their businesses and their backgrounds. Here we have an article written by Aquapax where they talk about the origins of their product. 

Neil’s Story – Why Aquapax?

Neil was on holiday with his wife and family when the ‘first’ Asian tsunami footage appeared on our TV screens back on 26 December 2004.  The powerful images made him feel both guilty and helpless – particularly when his considered plans to assist this ‘water based’ humanitarian crisis were vetoed within the corporate structure of his then employer. 

This led him to work on a disposable portable water container suitable for long-term storage, with comprehensive integrity in terms of function and carbon footprint. This became a near obsession and developed ultimately into his mission of launching a premium consumer brand called AQUAPAX. “My strategy evolved, to swim up-stream when the ‘institutions’ of the world would not work with my unproven new business.” Says Neil.

“Aquapax is a wonderfully pure natural mineral water, sealed from light and air to stay fresh with a practically indefinite storage life.  The water is sourced from deep beneath a protected nature park in Germany, where no commercial farming in the immediate area means Aquapax is incredibly pure.

For anyone who remembers their chemistry, it has a naturally low mineral balance with a near perfect 7.065pH and contains less than 0.3mg/l (parts per million) of nitrates making it suitable for infant consumption and people with virtually any type of diet restrictions.  I sourced the water from Germany because of the purity of the source allied to their open minded attitude to my carton water idea.   The ‘proof of the concept’ was that Aquapax won the internationally recognised QATRAH Award as ‘Best Bottled Water’ at its very first public outing.  It is also the only UK bottled water declaring its suitability for infants.

If you look closely at an Aquapax water carton, this is what I hope you will see…   Positioned at the base of the carton, is one of our registered trademarks ‘A PURE THIRST FOR THE ENVIRONMENT’® which forms the foundation of my brand – this is fundamentally why Aquapax exists.  Above this sentence, I placed my signature between illustrations of waves to represent the beach from my childhood. I grew up in Durban, on the east coast of South Africa at a time when beaches weren’t places that plastic bottles washed up on. 

Above my signature is a bird in flight.  It’s not just any bird, it’s Jonathan Livingstone Seagull – a story written by Richard Bach about a seagull learning about life and flight that has inspired me to live the life I’ve chosen and to try not to take too many short cuts. 

I’ve always loved trees and working with sustainable forest sources as a renewable material was the only true way I could think of to ensure the future of the world’s great forests. Look closely at the front of an Aquapax carton and you will see this clearly in the heart shaped light coming through the branches of ‘the tree of life’, with its roots running deep into the earth below.

Fanning out from behind the tree, you can see suns rays shining brightly – I wanted this image to be uplifting to signify positive hope rather than represent a negative castigation of the pretty labels on so many plastic bottle ‘competitors’.

Above the tree and the Aquapax logo, there are three birds migrating, which for me signifies the change in consumer awareness, represented by a migration which no-one tells birds to do - they simply know when the time is right and fly off. I can feel this movement among consumers leaning towards greater ecological awareness – it’s a slow migration but it’s real… 

Finally, at the top of the carton is the statement ‘PURE WATER EVOLUTION’ – I know Aquapax is not yet perfect and we have bio-polymer caps and liners on trial as I type. Our water source is impeccable – which was my number one priority – and the other elements will follow, evolving the product and brand as all great products and brands have to ultimately do.   

“Aquapax tastes like pure fresh natural water should with no taint or aftertaste; consider how fresh air has absolutely no smell at all and you’ll get it. As an environmentalist, the carbon footprint of an Aquapax carton is less than half that of a single-use plastic bottle and the empty cartons can be safely re-filled for reuse by the original owner before recycling. More compelling for me is if people would only consider how it takes more water to produce a plastic water bottle than the bottle is physically capable of holding.  That in a country where the tap water is perfectly adequate drives me on through the dark times!” 

Aquapax is currently available across the UK and Ireland via quality independent wholesalers like Infinity Foods, Cotswold Fayre, Complete Sports Nutrition and Aqua Amore.  It’s sold online directly through the company website or via amazon.comwinnaturally.com and hollandandbarrett.com (please read some of the genuine customer reviews) while it’s available in the high street through selected London Waitrose stores, Holland and Barrett, Selfridges, Fortnum and Mason and many other good independent retailers, cafs, farm and whole foods shops, boutique hotels, sports gyms, spa salons and yoga studios across the UK, France and further afield.

“Aquapax is one of the best products no-one’s ever heard of” says Neil and he’s planning to rectify that later this year through a crowd funding exercise to generate the funds for a more comprehensive PR campaign. 

Meanwhile, there’s always the internet: www.aquapaxwater.comwww.facebook.com/aquapaxwater or on Twitter: @aquapax to discover more information. 

AQUAPAX began with a strong ethics led foundation as a revolution against the cheap, yet ecologically costly status quo of the bottled water industry. Our call to action is ‘Ditch the plastic’ and who knows where this call will lead?                                                                       

J A Kemp at The Eco Technology Show

Ranked in tier 1 by The Legal 500, J A Kemp is one of the largest UK and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney firms, with offices in London, Oxford and Munich.

Many of J A Kemp’s attorneys have a special interest in clean technology. They deal with inventions in areas as diverse as fuel cells, renewable energy generation (in particular wind and wave energy, solar power and bio-reactors), biofuels, recycling, water treatment and combustion engine management.

The firm is an active member of the London Cleantech Cluster (LCC), and regularly hosts seminars and events to help inventors and organisations ensure the commercial success of new and innovative green technologies, the next of which is being held on 18 March and is entitled "What to do When Someone is Infringing Your IP - Yes, SMEs Can Afford to Enforce Their IP".

With strong connections to many UK universities and research and development organisations, J A Kemp has a wealth of experience in using the UK-IPO "Green Channel" to accelerate the examination of UK patent applications relating to clean or green technology. Indeed, such is the firm’s dedication to cleantech clients that they do not charge for requesting combined search and examination and entry into the Green Channel at the UK Intellectual Property Office.

J A Kemp also has its own environmental policy and carbon reduction programme, supported by rigorous data collection and monitoring. This commitment to managing its environmental impact specifically by reducing its carbon footprint has been recognised through certification of the firm’s programme by Carbon Smart.

During the event J A Kemp Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys are offering free, informal one-on-one clinics, where delegates can have their questions about intellectual property matters answered. There is no charge to attend and no obligation to take further advice.

To book your 20 minute session, please email wsmith@jakemp.com

For more information, visit www.jakemp.com.

Lancaster China Catalyst Programme

Could you innovate and grow your organisation with China through R&D?

Lancaster China Catalyst Programme
Driving UK Business Growth through International Innovation 

Do you own or work for a high tech company that aspires to grow through R&D and innovation? The Lancaster China Catalyst Programme provides UK companies with a significant package of support worth over £70,000 to develop R&D partnerships with Chinese counterparts in Guangdong Province. Such projects can lead to the development of new products, services or processes for global markets, and inevitably help UK companies open up new or additional routes to the fastest growing market, China.

The Programme provides an exclusive bespoke platform to help your company navigate an unfamiliar environment, overcome procedural obstacles, gain access to the UK and Chinese networks, identify the best match from pre-qualified partners, and plan and deliver an international collaboration project in response to present/future demand and opportunities.

It enables business leaders to undertake three market visits to China in two years, enhance their innovation and internationalisation capability through residential executive forums, master classes and networking activities.

Participant companies will be able to benefit from a team of postgraduates from technology, management and design disciplines, and potentially unlock significant Chinese Government match funding through your collaboration with Chinese partners.

The Programme was launched in January 2014 and 15 companies that range in size from 4 to 440 employees have started the first cycle. View current R&D projects

Read more. Contact china-catalyst@lancaster.ac.uk, phone 01524 510322 or download the LCCP Flyer.

Come and see China Catalyst Programme in our Innovation Zone and hear them talk about their project on Friday 12th June, 12pm in Seminar Area Three. View the rest of the Thursday Programme and Friday Programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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