university develops energy saving device

University alumnus develops energy saving device

A former University of Strathclyde Enterprise Fellow has developed a unique energy saving device that could save households hundreds of pounds a year.

Brian O'Reilly, whose Energy EGG knows when a fully-powered appliance is not in use and cuts the power, received research and development support from the University, and the device is now on commercial sale after he secured a deal with retail giants Tesco.

The wireless Energy EGG uses smart technology to switch off fully-powered appliances, eliminating more wasted electricity in the home than other products on the market which simply switch off those devices left on standby.

It has patent pending technology which uses a motion sensor to differentiate between a user sitting still and an empty room, ensuring it does not switch appliances off when they are in use, a common problem with motion-controlled lighting systems.

Brian developed the Energy EGG and set up his company, TreeGreen, after securing funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh and Scottish Enterprise for an Enterprise Fellowship hosted by the University.

He got the idea for the Energy EGG after being 'driven to distraction' by his three young daughters continually leaving on games consoles, TVs and stereos when they had finished using them and the impact this was having on ever-increasing energy bills.

The 36 year-old said: "The Energy EGG has been developed primarily as a consumer product addressing needless energy waste in the home, so a release to the marketplace via the UK's leading retailer with such a strong online presence gives us the ideal springboard for it to become ubiquitous in homes across the country.

"Current solutions on the market claim they can deliver up to £70 per year of energy savings, but we believe the Energy EGG will comfortably exceed the amount of energy these products save."

"This is a genuinely innovative and revolutionary product which has the capacity to expand in tandem with smart grid technology and the government backed rollout of smart meters in every UK home and business by 2020."

Ahead of the commercial release of the Energy EGG, Brian's start-up firm TreeGreen has also been in sales negotiations with several leading hotel chains, multiple retailers and distributors over its flagship product.

The University of Strathclyde is a partner in the product and licensor of part of the technology, and Scottish Enterprise has provided additional grants and advisory support, while Glasgow City Council has assisted with funding and premises.

Professor Graham Ault, of the University's Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, said: "The Energy EGG is a simple but highly effective way of helping people reduce their day-to-day power consumption. Brian and Treegreen have combined engineering excellence with a real eye for design and business, and we're looking forward to watching the Energy EGG go from strength to strength.

"The staff in our department were delighted to work with Brian as he developed the technology and we are equally delighted at how the product and company are now progressing."

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