Grid Edge, a European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) spin-out company, has won the ‘Best Start-Up’ Award at the 2016 Silicon Canal Tech Awards, held at Boxxed, Birmingham on Thursday 3rd November.
The event, organised by Silicon Canal, celebrates the best technology companies in Birmingham. Silicon Canal is a not-for-profit organisation with the aim of building a bigger, stronger tech ecosystem for Greater Birmingham.
The Aston University company was founded by three staff members - Tom Anderson, Daniel Wright and Jim Scott - and formed to commercialise IP from a successful EAS research project, focused on applying machine-learning and artificial intelligence methods to manage energy systems. The start-up company is now developing this IP into new Artificial Intelligence software that enables commercial and public building owners to intelligently control and optimise their building’s energy loads.
Tom Anderson said: “Winning this award really caps off an incredible year for Grid Edge. We founded Grid Edge because we saw that poor energy management was costing building owners more than £4billion per year. And it’s a problem that’s getting worse. Building owners not only face the prospect of rising energy costs but they also need to respond to the changing technical environment they find themselves in. We call this problem “buildings behaving badly!”
But of course it doesn’t have to be this way. Our Artificial Intelligence software works in harmony with a building’s existing energy management system and provides a bolt-on solution to intelligently control and optimise complex building energy loads. We proud to be part of Birmingham’s fast-growing tech scene and delighted to be recognised by our industry peers in this way.”
Other winners from the event include Smart Antenna Technologies (Small Company of the Year), Faye Pressly (Most Influential Female), and David Nestoruk (Graduate Developer of the Year).
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