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Midlands firm Lontra has been selected as a finalist in the Environment and Energy Awards 2015.
Lontra made the shortlist after impressing the judging panel with the success story and benefits of its revolutionary Blade Compressor®. The annual awards – now in their 16th year – celebrate excellence in energy and water management and outstanding business sustainability performance.
Lontra’s proven and patent protected Blade Compressor® is the first clean sheet compressor design in 80 years. A circular mechanism replaces the old ‘up and down’ piston technology, compressing air – or gas – in front and inducing the air behind in continuous motion, minimising waste.
Steve Lindsey, founder and CEO of Lontra and designer of the Blade Compressor®, says:
“It’s great to be in the running for this prestigious award and in good company with the other finalists. At Lontra we have had an incredibly successful year. This is further recognition not only of our achievements but of our ambitions. More and more people are realising that what we have is ground-breaking.”
Lontra is among 67 finalists whittled down from hundreds of entries in 11 categories by experts from the likes of Global Action Plan, Forum for the Future and WRAP. The fast-growing Napton-based company is one of five contenders for the Energy Product/Service Award.
It is the latest accolade for the firm which last year signed a multi-million pound licensing deal with global engineering business Sulzer and secured fresh funding for exploring lucrative new applications and markets. They include the industrial compressor market worth well over £2billion per annum.
The technology has already been demonstrated to great acclaim in the Water Industry, where in a trial with Severn Trent Water the Blade Compressor® delivered energy savings of 21%. It has since been licensed to Sulzer for the £600m per annum municipal and regulated waste water sector.
The Environment and Energy Awards 2015 run alongside The National Energy Management Exhibition (NEMEX) and The National Energy Recovery Exhibition which form part of ‘Sustainability Live 2015’ at the NEC in Birmingham. The winners will be crowned during a ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on 22 April 2015.