Co Antrim company secures deal to distribute solar product in Ireland
A Northern Ireland street furniture company has unveiled a new solar product which it says can produce up to 40% more electricity output.
Environmental Street Furniture (ESF) in Newtownabbey designs and supplies street, solar and themed furniture.
The company - a winner in the Excellence in Exporting category in this year's Belfast Telegraph Business Awards - sells its products to more than 22 countries, and its customers include some of the world's biggest theme parks.
Now it's become an exclusive distributor of the Austrian-made SmartFlower solar system in Ireland. The company said the system produces up to 40% more output due to its advanced smart tracking.
ESF managing director Alan Lowry said the product could become "the next generation of solar energy".
"Unlike the conventional static rooftop systems, the SmartFlower tracks and follows the position of the sun, producing energy even in the fringe hours of the day. It produces maximum electricity at all times so valuable energy is not lost," he said.
The use of solar energy resources has grown in recent years, with the UK leading the growth. Reports suggest the amount of solar power usage has increased by 50% globally within the last year.
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In May, ESF won the best business and product innovation title at the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards national final.