A company that has developed the world’s first four pin socket solar powered docking station has been crowned the winner of the West Midlands’ Export for Growth prize.
Aceon Battery Solar Technology Ltd will now benefit from £5,000 worth of support and advice from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), PwC and HSBC to help boost worldwide sales.
Solihull based Aceon Solar has created the SolarSDS™ - a ‘plug and play’ electric solar generator which enables the user to access free electricity on the go. As well as powering low energy home lighting and electronic devices, the stand alone energy source is ideal where remote sourced electricity is required and where there is no, or an unreliable, grid network.
Managing Director, Mark Thompson said: “We are absolutely delighted to win such a prestigious award against some very good companies.
“Our SolarSDS is a product with a worldwide market and with the help from UKTI we can and will be an international company.
“A big thank you to all the judges for selecting us - now the fun starts after two years of developing!”
The runner-ups are Green Roof Tile Company Ltd (GRTCL) of Shropshire and EnDet Ltd - also of Shropshire - taking third place.
They will both receive grants and support towards targeting international markets.
Christine Hamilton, Acting Deputy Regional Director for UK Trade & Investment West Midlands, said: “The calibre of firms who presented their ideas has been excellent and I’d like to offer my congratulations to all of them.
“However, Aceon Solar stood out not only because of its innovative product but also because it had thought about how the product could be applied in specific areas going forward.
“The company had also thoroughly thought through the issues of exporting to the markets they wish to target. We are looking forward to working with Aceon to help the company succeed. Exporting is crucial for firms to sustain their business and grow, which is why we urge all West Midlands companies to take advantage of the range of support and opportunities available.”
Around 50 firms entered the competition from across the West Midlands.