Future’s green for energy firm

By Emily Pearce

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

 

Future’s green for energy firm

From left, Hamish Wilson, Arron Grist, Laurenson Hunter, Alastair Hunter and Helen Hunter. Picture by Peter Boam.

BUSINESS A GREEN energy company is looking to crack the renewables market with a new home heating system.

Minus 7, which employs four people at its manufacturing facility in East Cowes, has developed the technology on the Island.

It comprises a solar collector, which doubles as the roof of the building, and heat pump, which provides heating and hot water.

Following a series of industry tests, the company gained accreditation this month to launch the system on the market.

Non-executive director, Hamish Wilson, who runs Minus 7 with technology director Alistair Hunter, said: "Our performance tests show our system generates more energy than other technologies on the market, which is a great achievement for a little company from the Isle of Wight.

"Minus 7 was established three years ago and it has taken a lot of work to get through the certification process.

"The next year will be crucial for us as we start talking to buyers and try to break into the market.

"We have already approached the Isle of Wight Council and Ecoisland to find a way forward. We are very optimistic for the future."

The company’s manufacturing facility is based at Clarence Boat Yard, East Cowes, and its office is in Staffordshire.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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