Dr Reuben Wilcock, Enterprise Fellow at the University, and PhD student Robert Rudolf now have the opportunity to take their multi-core current clamp to market as joint winners of this year’s Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award.
Professor Sir Richard Brook OBE FREng, Chairman of the ERA Foundation, says “Reducing emissions is a huge challenge and this new sensor promises to advance the accurate monitoring of household energy use. This work is a fine example of the excellent research being done in British universities – as the Academy is currently highlighting through its Engineering for Growth campaign. We are delighted to support Dr Wilcock in developing this innovation further.”
Their device should enable users to find out which parts of our homes are the most energy-hungry without installing plug-in power monitors on each individual appliance, thanks to a new technology for monitoring home electricity use developed by engineers at the University of Southampton.
The ERA Foundation Award will help the two technologies move out of the UK research labs where they were developed and turn them into reality.
About the Award
The ERA Foundation aims to contribute to the economic vitality of the UK by supporting activities that will help to bridge the gap between research and exploitation in the broad field of electrotechnology.
The Royal Academy of Engineering ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs Award and £40,000 prize is made possible by the support of the Foundation and was established to identify entrepreneurial researchers working in UK universities, in the field of electro-technology, who are at an early stage in their career.
The award is presented to an individual or team annually, who demonstrate considerable entrepreneurial promise and the potential to benefit the UK’s future prosperity