“This is our time now,” says Jim, delivering what is perhaps the understatement of a near hour-long interview with the two men at their Granard offices. With the cost of energy, both in production and purchase, rising ever higher, there are few companies worldwide hailed as the zeitgeist in terms of pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved in delivering sustainable, independent, affordable renewable power to places previously thought impossible.
“When we set out eight years, our vision was that the world is going to move to distributed power. What we see now, with climate change and the like, a lot of the stuff we predicted back then is starting to happen now. Over those eight years, we’ve been perfecting our work, leaving us now in a very unique place where we have three products that will make a difference in people’s lives.”
The products Jim talks include the Total Energy Solution (TES), designed as a complete low cost energy generation and storage solution offering total off-grid energy independence 24-hours a day.
Second is the Renewable Power Unit (RPU), a hybrid wind turbine and solar panel street light capable of providing a permanent, renewable lighting solution free from external electrical power sources. The product boasts over 50 per cent efficiency in urban areas compared with 10 per cent for leading market competitor products.
It is all made possible through one of Jim’s inventions. A qualified mechanical and environmental engineer, formerly working for Swedish-Swiss giant ABB, a leading global technology company in power and automation, the Granard-native focused specifically in induction systems, specialising in air movement technology. His innovation – a disc placed in front of the turbine blades accelerates the speed at which wind flows past, increasing the level of power produced.
Light bulb moment
The invention followed from a proposition put to Jim by his wife on how the couple could have a quiet, energy-producing turbine located at their Stradone home, and the outcome means turbines could soon be placed in areas previously thought infeasible.
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