Low carbon ICT firm Britain’s ‘most innovative’ small business

Extreme Low Energy, a North West manufacturer of low carbon ICT infrastructure, has been named Britain’s most innovative small business by the Government’s Business is GREAT campaign.

The Formby-based manufacturer was recognised in the campaign’s GREAT Faces of British Business competition after impressing both the national judging panel and the public in an online vote.

Low energy ICT

Extreme Low Energy produces a patent-pending range of low energy computing solutions that utilise end-to-end DC electrical power from renewable energy sources without the need for inverters, allowing its customers to operate partially or fully ‘off grid’. 

According to the company, this can reduce the energy wastage associated with inverter-based technologies by up to 50 per cent, and cut total ICT-related energy usage by as much as 90 per cent when compared to standard ICT infrastructure. 

‘Breakthrough idea’

By using direct and stored power from renewable energy sources, Extreme Low Energy’s ICT solutions are therefore ideal for organisations that have unreliable or no access to mains electricity, and it is expected to sign its first commercial contract in Africa in the near future. 

It was credited by judges as “a breakthrough idea that will transform the world’s sustainability and [has] the potential to transform the quality of life for people in developing countries and remote regions of the world.”

Mark Buchanan, director of Extreme Low Energy, said: “We're absolutely thrilled to have been crowned a national winner.

“Winning this award truly sets us apart from the competition in our field, and we hope we will inspire other small businesses everywhere.”

The Business is GREAT campaign aims to provide practical support, advice and inspiration to UK businesses and is run by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and UK Trade and Investment.

Posted under General Interest on 16 March 2015