Eco Tech Summit + PEA Awards: In Conversation with James Dean

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The panel debate at the Eco tech Summit

What’s the future of the UK’s green economy?

The Eco Tech Summit was an action-packed day conference exploring that pivotal question on 7th October 2016, followed by the PEA Awards in the evening. Koru Architects marketing officer Tegan Tallullah was very pleased to attend both events, which were held at the new i360 on Brighton seafront.

The Eco Tech Summit, organised by the Eco Technology Show, started with a series of short talks by Mark Kenber from Mongoose Energy, Tim Foxon from Sussex University, Abigail Dombey from University of Brighton, Patrick Allcorn from the government BEIS department and Jerry Hamilton from Tesla Powerwall. Tegan then attended a workshop on telling your brand story by Guy Pattison of Long Run Works, which was followed by a panel debate on the future of green energy and the green economy. Ben Earl from Southern Water, Caroline Lucas MP, Tim Foxon from Sussex University and Ian Ellerington from BEIS were on the panel. The day finished with a fantastic ‘speed networking session’ next door.

Tegan was invited to the prestigious PEA Awards ceremony by James Dean, CEO and founder of Circuitree, an innovative local start-up that had been nominated in three categories.

The PEA Awards (People, Environment, Achievement) is the leading sustainability awards scheme in the UK, having been celebrating green trailblazers 6 years.

The evening included a ride on the i360, vegan tapas, musical performances and of course the exciting awards ceremony itself.

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Tegan with James Dean at the PEA Awards

Circuitree is a “clean energy generation, capture and storage specialist”. To help people use their solar power at night and become energy independent, they make intelligent controls to manage and automate energy flows, always prioritising the cheapest, cleanest source of power. The smart web enabled control system is paired with innovative non-toxic batteries based on saltwater chemistry.

James Dean / Circuitree was nominated in the Resources, Technology and Energy categories and was thrilled to win the Technology award. Tegan chatted to him about what the experience meant to him, and where his business was going next.

Tegan: Congratulations! Can you tell me about what this award means to you?

James: Our team has worked tremendously hard this year, as a young company with limited resource it’s not always easy to get your message out there and on more than one occasion Circuitree staff have had to go that extra mile to achieve our goals, so it’s fantastic when that hard work and comittment is recognised. Not to mention all the fantastic people we met on the night!

Tegan: So what’s the next steps for Circuitree?

James: Having sucessfully completed our R&D and with our product now available, we are talking with a good number of homes and businesses about how we can deliver clean energy round the clock, and the response has been fantastic! With this in mind we will be opening our seed round in the coming weeks and hope to gain the investment required to accelerate our growth, and more importantly deliver real and practical solutions to the problems around energy and climate change that we face as a species. 

James Dean of Circuitree winning the PEA Awards Technology category

James Dean of Circuitree winning the PEA Awards Technology category

Both the Eco Tech Summit and the PEA Awards were hugely informative and inspiring and we look forward to attending both again next year.

Were you there? Tweet to @KoruArchitects using the #ecotechsummit and #PEAawards hashtags to tell us about your experience!

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