Greater Manchester firms shortlisted for tech awards

Three SMEs in Greater Manchester have been shortlisted for national awards highlighting their progress with the latest green technology.

Bri-Tek Technologies, an LED lighting specialist in Bolton, and Vickers Electronics, a Trafford-based designer and manufacturer of energy management systems, have both been shortlisted for Building Technology of the Year in the BusinessGreen Technology Awards 2016.

Upside Energy, a Salford-based start-up aiming to open up the energy demand response market to small businesses and homes, has been shortlisted for the Smart Grid Technology of the Year.

All three companies have received specialist low carbon sector support from the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub and are members of the Hub’s Low Carbon Network.

Clean tech leaders

The BusinessGreen Technology Awards celebrate the best of the UK’s clean technology sector and are hosted in association with Innovate UK. 

In total there are 85 companies from the UK and beyond shortlisted across 19 categories.


Bri-Tek Technologies was shortlisted for its latest innovation – a universal emergency battery for LED lighting.

Launched earlier this year, the product is the first of its kind on the market and greatly improves energy efficiency, installation time and maintenance costs for emergency back-up lighting.

Energy management

Vickers Electronics made the list thanks to its advanced energy management systems, which use the latest intuitive software to reduce energy consumption in businesses by an average of 43 per cent. 

The company’s latest innovations include ‘VickersVision’, which allows customers to access and alter their energy management system remotely through an app

Vickers is also a finalist in the Sustainability Product Innovation: Energy category at the edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2017.

Energy store

Upside Energy was shortlisted for its progress in developing a ‘Virtual Energy Store’, which aggregates the energy stored in equipment such as solar PV systems and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and sells it to the grid to help balance supply and demand. 

In return, the National Grid provides cash incentive for providing back-up power when needed, which is then redistributed to the original equipment owners.

Upside Energy recently completed an £472,000, 18-month project with a consortium of partners to build a cloud service to demonstrate the technology.

The award winners will be announced in December 2016.

Posted under General Interest, Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy, Energy and Renewables and Environmental Technologies on 1 November 2016