'Wood Energy Ltd' - perhaps not a household name but nevertheless this company based at Oakford just north of Tiverton has recently won a prestigious award. They have won the Ashden Award for sustainable energy and were presented with their award by Al Gore last month at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
They describe themselves as "the leading national supplier of high efficiency automatic wood-chip and wood-pellet boilers. Systems...are suitable for almost any application from offices to hospitals; country estates to industrial processes".
In my neck of the woods they have supplied a 3MW wood-chip boiler to heat the extensive greenhouses at Kernock Park Plants in the Tamar Valley. Two schemes in West Cornwall have been the National Trust's Penrose Estate office, where they were restricted in their design by being in a listed building, and the historic Trelowarren Estate.
It seems that each installation is very site specific to the needs of the customer.
We are lucky to have these modest sized companies in this country who are at the cutting edge of their technologies and so far as firms involved in energy efficiency products and projects are concerned, well Devon and Cornwall are leading the way. This country is really really good at these innovative technologies, one of our greatest strengths in my opinion and something on which we can lead the world.
I'm sure that the future for Dr Robin Cotton and his colleagues at 'Wood Energy' will continue to be bright,