OrbisEnergy recognised as leading Green Suffolk business
02 May 2012
Lowestoft based OrbisEnergy, the Suffolk’s flagship hub for offshore renewable energy, has been recognised as part of the top 100 green businesses in Suffolk.
The Anglian Business Green 100 - delivered by Archant in partnership with the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce - is designed to celebrate the innovative and entrepreneurial approach shown by Suffolk businesses, and promotes homegrown green business initiatives providing recognition for their efforts.
OrbisEnergy is the state-of-the-art specialist innovation and incubation centre that sits on Britain’s most easterly location at Ness Point in Lowestoft. It supports companies to maximise the supply chain opportunities associated with the rapid development of offshore renewables in the North Sea, and to help businesses take advantage of the many opportunities the growing energy sector offers.
Judy Terry, Portfolio Holder for the Economy, Skills and Greenest County at Suffolk County Council and Chair of OrbisEnergy said “Few emerging business sectors offer quite as much opportunity as that of offshore renewables, where the East of England is at the heart of the UK’s offshore wind potential.
“Being recognised as one of the leading green businesses in Suffolk is a great testament to both our team and all of our tenant companies that work collaboratively to support innovation and growth in this hugely exciting industry.”
OrbisEnergy is owned by Suffolk County Council and managed by the Country’s largest enterprise agency NWES. John Balch, Strategic Director for NWES and OrbisEnergy said “We are delighted to have been nominated within the top 100 green businesses. This is great recognition and builds on our strong track record and our commitment to both the environment and low carbon economic growth within Suffolk.”
OrbisEnergy was opened in late 2008 and was designed to cutting-edge environmental standards. Constructed over five storeys, it is was built for low environmental impact and is ISO14001 accredited. The centre features the latest communication equipment and high-speed internet links. Solar thermal heating and its concrete sub-structure reduces year-round temperature fluctuations, making the building energy efficient and self-regulating. Onsite power comes from the locally sourced woodchip biomass boiler.
The centre sits beneath SLP Energy’s wind turbine - ‘Gulliver’ - which delivers power direct to the national grid. OrbisEnergy is currently installing electric vehicle charging points to allow for next generation cars to be used and charged on site, adding to its environmental credentials.
John Balch added “We are always looking for new and innovative ways to support the green economy. Investing in new electric charging points was the obvious next step.”
OrbisEnergy forms a strategic incubation and business support link as part of the NWES ‘Corridor of Power’ with its sister facilities Beacon Innovation Centre in Gorleston focussing on the offshore gas sectors and the Leiston Enterprise Centre focusing on the civil nuclear sectors, itself close to the Sizewell nuclear power stations.
For further information please contact Johnathan Reynolds or John Balch on:
Tel: + 44 (0)1502 563368 or Mob: + 44 (0)7887 518643 / +44 (0)7776 184757