County Antrim firm, Environmental Street Furniture (ESF) was awarded the Product of the Show Award for their new ‘Stellar Bench’, at Innovate 2017 in Birmingham.
This award recognises the best showcased product as voted by exhibitors and delegates attending the exhibition.
As the first product designed and manufactured by the Newtownabbey based company, the Stellar Bench was officially launched at the exhibition.
Speaking about the award, Alan Lowry, Managing Director of ESF, said, “My team and I are absolutely delighted to have won this peer-to-peer award at Innovate 2017. Launching our first product solely designed and manufactured by ESF, was a poignant moment, so the fact that the Stellar Bench was awarded Product of the Show by our peers, makes it all the more special.”
The Stellar Bench is a versatile outdoor bench that offers USB mobile device charging and utilises solar energy without the need for any electricity. The simple design of the bench allows solar energy to be collected and stored in the integrated controlled battery system and used as and when required. The stored energy also powers LED concealed lighting on the bench and can be utilised for WIFI and other reporting.
Innovate 2017, hosted by Innovate UK, is an event where creators, investors and entrepreneurs meet to network with the future and be inspired as well as see game-changing innovations for the first time.
Alan continues, “There is more awareness about solar renewable energies and with Smart Cities becoming more prevalent, there is a greater need for products like this. ESF prides itself on being at the forefront of innovative technologies, which is why we decided to design our very own outdoor bench.
“We used high quality materials including a toughened laminated glass top. This will ensure a greater amount of protection both from the weather and potential vandalism. The temperature controlled ventilated seating makes it an enticing option during the colder weather.
“We worked long and hard with solar technology experts to make sure the product was at the highest standard and we are very proud of what we have achieved.”
Following receipt of their award, Alan Lowry travelled to Orlando in Florida to exhibit on the DIT stand at the eminent IAAPA trade exhibition, where he once again showcased the Stellar Bench.