Zeropex is a Norwegian technology company who has developed the Difgen system: a patented hydro turbine combined with a bi-directional pressure reducing valve designed for the water distribution network. The system recovers the energy from excess fluid pressure within water pipes and converts this into renewable electricity. The technology was developed in Norway and the first Difgen unit was successfully installed at a water treatment works near Stavanger.
Zeropex was invited to present at Water TAG in September 2009. This provided great exposure to the industry and a further understanding of end user requirements. Significant interest was received from the TAG members due to the growing need to reduce costs while still maintaining customer service levels. Difgen was seen to address these requirements by providing a robust solution for pressure management at an attractive ROI. The team subsequently became involved in the development of Zeropex in the UK.
Following on from the positive feedback received at TAG, the team was commissioned to undertake a market scoping study to quantify the market for pressure reducing valves in the UK water sector, identify the key players (and immediate client targets), define the competitive landscape and suggest viable business models. This project was successfully completed and continues to form part of Zeropex’s marketing strategy, particularly when approaching investors.
Through direct introductions made by the Isle team, Zeropex now has a key delivery team in the UK; including UK Managing Director, Duncan Collins, and Non-Executive Director, Dr. Piers Clark. Zeropex has now received four commercial orders (one being a repeat order from a major UK water company) and seven more units will be installed by the end of 2011.