THE man behind the Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network has been named this year's South West Sustainable Energy Champion at an awards ceremony in Bath.
Stephen Frankel and Truro-based heat pump manufacturer Kensa picked up accolades at the tenth annual South West Green Energy Awards, organised by renewable energy firm Regen SW and hosted by Channel 4 News science editor Tom Clarke.
Professor Frankel won the award for South West Sustainable Energy Champion thanks to the substantial impact he has had on sustainable energy through his roles as chairman of Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN), visiting professor at the University of Exeter's Energy Policy Group, member of the Department for Energy and Climate Change's (DECC's) Community Energy Contact Group and member of the Smart Cornwall Steering Group.
The judges were particularly impressed by Mr Frankel's work at WREN, which has secured 1,000 voting members, been successful in promoting household efficiency, renewable heat and micro-generation, and has raised community funds for the Wadebridge Foodbank and other local causes.
In addition, the local infrastructure is being developed as a host for those smart energy solutions and local energy markets, which will be the foundation of a future sustainable and decentralised energy system. Stephen is also a regular speaker at local, regional and national conferences.
Mr Frankel said: "It is very encouraging to have won a SW Green Energy Award on behalf of WREN. This offers strong reassurance we are travelling in the right direction."
Kensa was winner of the Green Energy Innovation of the Year category, with its recently launched 'Shoebox' heat pump being recognised.
More than 150 entries were received from individuals and companies from across the South West.