“Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem and a big idea turn into an innovation.” (Quote -Dean Kamen). The problem is new ideas need to be tested and trialled before they become commercial offerings.

A solution: The Wright Commission Awards

The Wright Commission is a competition to highlight new, exciting and innovative ideas in the energy management space. The prize is a year’s mentoring from a major UK retailer to bring the innovation, product or idea to market.

The Retail Energy Forum (REF), supported by Energy Live News, run the annual competition in the memory of Bill Wright who passed away in May 2017. Bill was a champion for energy, innovation and energy reduction and worked for many years at The John Lewis Partnership.

Entries are assessed by members of REF and the finalists are invited to present their ideas in front of a live audience and judging panels at Energy Live Expo, taking place on 5th November at the QEII Centre in Westminster.

Last year’s winner was Nicotra Gebhardt 

Greg Llewellyn, Director & General Manager, UK & Ireland, speaks enthusiastically about the benefits the award has delivered:

He said: “Winning this prestigious award, initiated by the Retail Energy Forum, has opened up the door for us to some major national retailers. Soon after winning the award, we were invited to give a presentation to all REF members at their meeting in Manchester. This stimulated the interest from several of them and from there we have carried out a pilot installation in-store with the John Lewis Partnership.”

Applications

The Judges are seeking innovative ideas, technologies or products that can accelerate the movement in saving energy and carbon. Current commercially available innovations are allowed, but the Judges will be looking out for innovations that are not widespread in the UK.

You can find more information on how to apply here