Tilting the balance towards greener energy

David Coulson from Innova with the trophy at the Shell Springboard Awards in Birmingham.
David Coulson from Innova with the trophy at the Shell Springboard Awards in Birmingham.

A NORTH Northumberland business with an innovative idea to combat climate change has won £30,000 from a programme designed to promote the growth of green businesses in the UK.

Wooler-based Innova Ltd received the financial boost from Shell Springboard at the beginning of the month for its tilting turbine, a new type of wind turbine which is three times more efficient than standard wind turbines.

The dramatic increase in efficiency is thanks to a simple design concept which means that the blades of the wind turbine do not fly vertically but instead rotate on a tilt so that the wings no longer suffer turbulence on the downwind side.

David Coulson, technical director of Innova, said: “We believe that the tilting turbine can make a difference in the fight against climate change and it’s incredibly rewarding that a well-established programme like Shell Springboard has also recognised its potential.

“The funding and recognition we received tonight will allow us to press ahead with our ambitions for the tilting turbine.”

The Shell Springboard programme has awarded more than £1.6million to 50 UK small businesses since it launched in 2005.

Innova competed against eight businesses from across the UK to win its prize.