Glasgow-based CCL Components aims for global growth with battery-based hybrid power system

CCL Components team; from left, are Robert Hendry, Sales Director; Paul R Brooks Snr, Managing Director; Paul Brooks Jnr, Operations Director and Andrew Lauder, Technical Manager.
CCL Components team; from left, are Robert Hendry, Sales Director; Paul Brooks (Snr) Managing Director; Paul Brooks (Jnr) Operations Director and Andrew Lauder, Technical Manager.

Glasgow-based CCL Components –  one of the UK’s largest distributors of renewable energy systems – is planning to go global with the development of a range of new portable battery-based hybrid power systems.

The company, which currently has revenues of £17.3 million and employs 20 people, has already received positive feedback and potential orders for its in-house built Powerplus system.

Developed in response to growing demand for low-carbon and cost-effective power generation, Powerplus provides off-grid energy in areas lacking access to grid power. It has significant potential in the construction, renewables, defence, events management, and telecommunications sectors, delivering an average fuel saving of 30%-50% compared with conventional power-generation products.

Paul Brooks, Operations Director, CCL Components, said that while much of its business to date has been in the UK, Powerplus would open up huge opportunities to the company across a variety of international markets.

He added: “Many countries are increasing their focus on reducing carbon emissions and using renewable energy sources – this creates an enormous opportunity for a product like Powerplus, particularly in sparsely-populated geographies or areas with limited access to the grid.

“Although there are a lot of countries that fit this profile, we’ve identified the US and a number of countries within the African Continent as being among the top potential markets. We already trade via our sister company The Powerstore Inc. in Dallas, Texas, which gives us a great platform from which to grow in both North and South America.”

Originally trialled in military applications, Powerplus resolves many of the limitations associated with conventional power generators, such as wasted energy, high running costs and air pollution; while simultaneously enhancing power reliability and reducing fuel consumption. The system can also accept a solar input, meaning it can be used as a completely fuel-free power generator, depending on load profile.

Developed over a 12-month period by project manager, Andrew Lauder, and his team, CCL Components, this year recruited two university graduates to help bring the product to market. The company has also established offices in Germany, which will play a key role in the sales push for Powerplus.

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