Support for Radiator Squirrel
When we first tested Radiator Squirrel as a prototype we saw some very exciting results in terms of how much faster we were able to warm a room up. Whilst there are obvious benefits in reaching comfort levels much quicker (the heating time reduced by over 40%) we needed reputable verification on the implications on energy bills and carbon footprint. This led us initially to the Caparo Innovation Centre who assess and assist in evaluating initial product concepts under 2 of their cleantech initiatives; BECCI and IPSS:
- BECCI (Built Environment Climate Change Innovations) provides business analysis of potential new products and the markets they will compete in. BECCI specialises in products that reduce carbon usage within existing housing stock.
- IPSS is the Innovative Product Support Service which also supports innovative low carbon concepts but by providing a technical analysis. Their initial view on Radiator Squirrel was that, ‘it has to work, it can’t do anything else’.
Both IPSS & BECCI have provided us with some great initial advice and we were convinced to take Radiator Squirrel to the next stage by submitting our patent application and developing it from prototype to product. For this we consulted with the wise folk of London South Bank University (LSBU) who specialise not just in energy saving technology but also in supporting innovative businesses. We initially engaged LSBU to carry out some specialist independent testing and research, and the relationship soon developed such that LSBU are now providing an invaluable array of support including market research, grant programmes, and business advice. Not to mention promoting that life blood of business; Networking.