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Network Update – March 2013

Welcome to March’s technology dominated Network Update. This month; Chichester breakfast details; air source heat pumps insight; producer responsibility regulations; Eco-Technology Show details; £5,000 for innovative ideas.

Breakfast: 21st March, Chichester – Technology Spotlight
Join us for a technology focused Sustainable Business Breakfast. We’ll hear from the Head of Sustainability and Group Facilities Manager of The Southern Co-operative about improving energy efficiency in their stores, an industry expert from the Heat Pump Association on which buildings the technology provides the best returns and EMSc on the costs, potential savings and practicalities of voltage optimisation. Plus bacon butties and networking. View event details on-line.

Technology Update – Air Source Heat Pumps
Air source heat pumps use heat extracted from the outside air to provide internal heating. Air to air systems are most common in businesses and work by using the extracted heat to warm internal air which is then circulated using a fan. The systems look similar to an air conditioning unit. Air to water systems are most common in domestic properties and work by transferring the extracted heat to a wet heating system, dispersing it via radiators or under floor heating pipes.

As air source heat pumps still require electricity to operate (to circulate the fluid in the heat exchanger) consideration must be given to the installation and running cost of the system in comparison to other fuels.

Search for local renewable energy installers in our on-line Sustainable Business Directory.

Eco-Technology Show 2013Exhibit at the Eco-Technology Show – Offer for Network Members
The Sustainable Business Network has sponsored an area for members to exhibit in at the Eco-Technology Show at the Brighton Centre on the 14th and 15th June. You’ll have a 1 square meter area of exhibition floor space to showcase your business and meet potential new clients. Space is limited and will be allocated first come first served. Early bird rate £250 + VAT. Email Jo Southernwood, call 07807 588887 or view details on-line.

Innovation Vouchers£5,000 for Development of Energy, Waste & Water Efficiency Ideas
Does your business have a product or idea that will improve energy efficiency or storage? Or help detect water leaks, improve recycling techniques or elimate waste through better design? £5,000 Innovation Vouchers are on offer for you to develop and commercialise your idea with specialist support. https://vouchers.innovateuk.org

Packaging, Batteries, Vehicles and WEEE Responsibilities
Producer responsibility regulations are designed to ensure that businesses that manufacture, import and sell products including packaging, batteries, end of life vehicles and waste electrical and electronic equipment, take responsibility for their recycling or correct disposal once they become waste. To find out more, and if your business must comply, visit the Environment Agency’s one-stop-shop web pages.

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