THE search is on to find the UK’s most innovative energy products and services as part of an awards scheme run by a Capenhurst energy centre.

The Inaugural Energy Innovation Awards – the brainchild of the Energy Innovation Centre – are officially open for entries.

And the Capenhurst-based centre is calling on the UK’s £106bn low-carbon environmental goods and services (LCEGS) market to take part.

Tackling rising energy demand is a global issue and the UK Government has set a target to generate 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Denise Massey, director of the Energy Innovation Centre, said: “We are so excited to launch these awards.

“Rising energy demands and ambitious de-carbonising targets present colossal challenges for the energy industry here in the UK and internationally.

“These awards recognise and showcase the pioneering work taking place across the country and beyond to develop the next generation of energy products and technologies.”

Steven Broomhead, chief executive of the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), said: “I am delighted that England’s North West is continuing with its tradition for innovation with the launch of these awards.

“As a major contributor to the UK’s energy supply the region is home to more than 160 renewable energy businesses – our strong energy and environmental credentials speak for themselves.”

The awards will be held at The Hilton in Deansgate, Manchester, on June 17.

For an entry form or if you would like further information, visit the website

The closing date for entries is April 12.