Waterwheel project wins University prize

Sandra Booth, Pro Vice Chancellor from the University of Cumbria presents Rod Smith with the RETEC award for ‘Journey to Commercialisation’ for the Langdale Waterwheel project.

The Renewable Energy Test & Education Centre (RETEC), hosted by the University of Cumbria, held a Knowledge Exchange Workshop on Friday 27th February 2015 where Smith Engineering were voted winners of the event’s only award.

RETEC supports research into innovative, low-carbon energy technologies.  It provides a focal point for renewable energy research and development, testing and educational programmes. Over the past 12 months they have provided seed-corn funding to local businesses for product development, prototype manufacture, testing and research of low carbon technologies.

The workshop provided the opportunity for individual project leads to share knowledge and experiences with peers and academics through presenting the successes and challenges encountered.

Smith Engineering were delighted to be voted by attendees as ‘clear winners’ of an award for ‘Journey to Commercialisation’ for the Langdale Waterwheel project.

This is the second award our company has received from the University.  Last year, Managing Director, Rod Smith was presented with the Special Recognition Award for Sustainability.  The award recognised Rod’s commitment to our staff and the company’s R&D work in electricity generating waterwheel technology.