A Staffordshire based lawn mower manufacture is embarking on a technology development programme and design, to manufacture and supply lithium-ion battery-powered products. After receiving support from Keele University and Stopford Energy & Environment, the company can state the human health and environmental benefits of lithium-ion battery technology.
The company specialises in the design and manufacture of precision, single-cylinder, lawn movers for the domestic and professional market places. As all of their existing products are powered by small internal combustion engines, the business is now embarking on a technology development programme to design, manufacture and supply lithium-ion battery-powered alternatives. The company therefore sought to identify the environmental benefits of transitional to battery-powered products compared to that of their petrol-powered equivalents.
Through the SEND project, Keele University aims to transform the UK’s largest university campus into a living laboratory researching, developing and testing the latest energy efficient technologies. Alongside this, the Supply Chain aspect of the SEND project is offering more than 200 local businesses from a range of industries access to expert consultancy to identify development opportunities in low carbon and smart energy markets and reduce their environmental impact.
The 12 hours of fully-funded consultancy, provided by Stopford Energy & Environment at no cost to participating businesses, aims to boost sustainable supply chains across Staffordshire and enable the county to benefit from the expected growth in the low carbon economy over the coming years. Each project is tailored to meet individual companies’ needs, whether supporting entry into the renewables sector, developing a low carbon product or service, identifying opportunities to reduce energy bills or quantifying environmental impact for marketing.
For the Staffordshire lawn mower company, a Stopford consultant reviewed the human health and environmental considerations for petrol-powered lawn mowers and compared these to the impacts of lithium-ion battery cells and their future development.
If you are a Stoke-on-Trent or Staffordshire SME and are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available through the SEND project, please contact Stopford Energy & Environment on 0151 357 7740, email [email protected] or visit https://www.keele.ac.uk/business/businesssupport/smartenergy/