Oxsensis wins major 2009 Carbon Trust Award. Second time winner in Carbon Trust Innovation Awards

Oxsensis, the UK Pioneer in high temperature instrumentation has scooped a major award at this year’s national Carbon Trust Innovation Awards.

Oxsensis, which has developed the world’s highest temperature sensors, won the award for innovative new technologies which will cut carbon emissions in power generation, industry and later in air transport. Its sapphire based sensors can be used in gas turbines, for example in power stations or planes, and are capable of measuring pressure and temperature in the harshest conditions – hundreds of degrees hotter than traditional sensors can stand. The sensors can survive temperature up to 1000°C in customer trials and the company is now developing products for even more challenging conditions – up to 1500°C. With more accurate readings comes the possibility of running turbines at higher combustion temperatures, thereby increasing efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

David Gahan, CEO Oxsensis said: 
"Oxsensis is delighted at winning the 2009 Carbon Trust Innovation Award. The citation given at the Awards event mentioned the strong progress the WavePhire 1000°C pressure sensor has made moving from prototype to fully engineered product with the world's biggest manufacturers of gas turbines and the first trial of our instrumentation in a public grid power station at RWE NPower's Didcot facility."

Martin Jay CBE, Chairman of Oxsensis said: “Oxsensis has been recognised for the second time by the Carbon Trust following its win in the 2007 Awards. The judges concentrated on evidence of the company’s commercial progress and continued innovation which could take combustion efficiency improvements to a new level.”

Commenting on this year’s Awards, Tom Delay, Chief Executive, the Carbon Trust said: “As the UK looks to develop and deploy new low carbon solutions to tackle climate change, the breadth and depth of innovation here is deeply encouraging. Whilst many of the organisations that we looked displayed innovative approaches to cutting carbon emissions, the winning entries stood out for their industry leadership and potential to be replicated more widely. This shows the fantastic opportunity for organisations to thrive as Britain moves to a low carbon economy.”

The awards were judged by a panel of experts including David MacKay, Chief Scientific Advisor of the Department of Energy and Climate Change; Tim Smit, co-founder and Chief Executive of the Eden Project; Damian Carrington, Head of Environment at the Guardian; Chris Mottershead, Vice Principal of Research and Innovations at Kings College London; Dick Strawbridge, ‘eco king’; Jeremy Webb, Editor of The New Scientist; and Tom Delay, Chief Executive of the Carbon Trust.

Dick Strawbridge, Eco-King commented, “Engineering and innovation are passions of mine, but reading through the submissions was a humbling experience. One of the special things about these awards is that you get to see how British companies, institutions and individuals are pushing technology to its limits to try and reduce our impact on the planet whilst allowing us to maintain our privileged lifestyle. The entries were extremely high quality, and inspiring, so it would be great to see them all succeeding in the global market place.”

Chris Mottershead, Vice Principal Research and Innovation, King’s College London commented, “Innovation is a wonderfully complex and intriguing process, but at its core is an individual or small group of individuals, who bring the energy, insight and commitment to make something different happen. They stand in the future, reaching back into the present, to show what can be achieved. It is important that we celebrate these people and their ideas as they start to illuminate a lower carbon future.”

Jeremy Webb, Editor of New Scientist, “If we are going to seriously curtail carbon emissions, we need to rethink the way we carry out pretty much everything we do in our private and professional lives. If we are going to succeed, we need some amazing ideas. The diversity of ideas proposed by the entrants of this year's innovation awards shows there's real hope that we can succeed, and the winners display superb creative thinking.”

This year’s nationwide hunt attracted submissions from around 250 of the UK’s most inspiring innovators in the development, deployment and use of low carbon technology solutions, across a range of areas from power generation to buildings to transport. The judges rigorously assessed each application against a range of strict criteria including genuine innovation, carbon saving potential, novel application and commercial potential.