Minister of State at DEFRA and Camborne and Redruth MP, George Eustice and the Member for Truro and Falmouth, Sarah Newton MP visited the office of Cornish renewable energy storage firm, Wattstor at the Tremough Innovation Centre in Penryn, Cornwall yesterday.
Mr Eustice first visited the home of Mr Richard Hopper in Penryn where he observed how the installation of the energy storage and management equipment, the WATTSTOR™ has made a difference to the lives of the owners. Since Mr Hopper had the WATTSTOR™ energy management system installed in his property in March this year, he has saved approximately 60% on his electricity bill.
Mr Eustice was then joined by Mrs Newton at the Wattstor office at the Tremough Innovation Centre in Penryn. Mr Eustice and Mrs Newton met with the Wattstor senior management team, and a discussion was held regarding the energy management and renewables industries and how government can help these industries to both thrive locally and compete on an international level.
Managing Director of Wattstor, Mark Smith, gave a demonstration of Wattstor’s energy management systems that enable to make intelligent use of energy possible for domestic customers. He highlighted how the use of the IMP (Wattstor’s “Intelligent Management of Power” technology) to control the stored energy should open the door for a range of commercial, agricultural, industrial and applications. Mark said “It’s our mission to make renewable energy reliable and the first choice for power supply for consumers and businesses alike”.
A very useful discussion was had with regards to practical assistance that government can provide to both developing the sector and growing Wattstor and the MPs have pledged their assistance in several areas.
Mr Eustice said “Wattstor is playing a crucial role in developing energy storage by making micro-generation work, thereby easing the pressure on our national grid”.
Mrs Newton said “We will do everything we can to enable Wattstor to grow in Cornwall, bringing highly-skilled, highly-paid jobs into this important sector”.
Wattstor Chairman Dr Mark Edwards said “We are delighted to have had our local MPs show such interest in our company and its emerging market. We look forward to their assistance in taking Wattstor and the energy management industry in Cornwall forward”.