CycleLife Competition

The Eco Technology Show is pleased to be offering one lucky pair a full day's hire of two electric bicycles from our exhibitor Cycle Life Electric.

Cycle Life Electric stocks a wide range of eBikes from Raleigh, Haibike and other leading brands. They sell, lease and hire electric bicycles, offering up to 2 years interest free credit(subject to status). 

In order to enter this competition, simply head over to the Eco Technology Show Facebook Page, give us a like (if you haven't already) and read the competition post on the page, dated Wednesday 15th April.

The question: If you could cycle anywhere in the world for one day where would it be and who would you take with you?

To enter: Answer the question in the comments, tagging in the person that you would like to take with you.

The competition will be running until Thursday 30th April. The winner will be announced in our newsletter on Thursday 7th May, so make sure that you are signed up so you don't miss out! 

For more information on Cycle Life Electric visit or follow on Twitter on @CycleLifeBandH or on Facebook.


Call For Case Studies for Eco Technology Show

Do you and your business have a great story to tell about how eco technology has changed things for you? The Eco Technology Show is currently looking for Case Studies to present at our Show at the AMEX Stadium in Falmer, Brighton this June 5th-6th. 

We are looking to hear from speakers with expertise in:

  • Sustainable build
  • Energy management
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy efficiency
  • Sustainable transport

We are seeking speakers with projects or case studies, ideally presented by the end client, who are able to give an insight into their experience of the project. 

If you think that you may be suitable, or know of somebody you think might be interested, please get in touch with our Programme Manager Damian Tow on


City College Build Green

In this day and age, it is becoming more and more common for businesses of all sizes to be thinking about how their business affects the environment around them and how they can work in a way which is as eco technologically friendly as possible. 

The Build Green scheme from City College is the perfect way to show your customers that you care about your surroundings, something which is increasingly important to residents all across the UK.

Build Green provides companies with free coaching sessions on topics such as sustainable construction, renewable energy and eco-build techniques.

Since October 2014 they have been running demonstrations, workshops, talks and business development sessions across Brighton & Hove, helping local businesses:

  • Attract new clients by diversifying construction techniques
  • Access funding for you and your customers
  • Get onto local supply chains
  • Bid for contracts in the public sector

Following on from the Build Green Sessions, businesses are invited to complete 12 hours of work to earn a Build Green stamp, perfect to show off on your website, social media and marketing material. In addition, there are also City College accredited courses which you can enrol onto in order to further your knowledge.  

Build Green is a partnership between City College, Brighton & Hove City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

For more information, visit or contact Nicola Sankey on 01273 232584



Grant UK Exhibiting at Eco Technology Show

Visitors to the Eco Technology Show on 11th & 12th June 2015 with an interest in renewable heating have the chance to see the latest Grant Spira biomass boiler first hand on the Grant UK stand (no. W35).

The Spira is a condensing wood pellet boiler, which is available in outputs of 5-18kW, 6-26kW and 9-36kW. It is presently the only MCS approved condensing self-cleaning wood pellet boiler on the market. The model combines easy installation with straightforward daily operation and low maintenance, and provides a highly efficient, convenient and environmentally friendly way of heating a property.

Grant experts will be available to explain how the technology works and how it is installed. They will also offer a wealth of information on the Company’s other renewable heating products, such heat pumps, solar thermal systems and the latest ThermaWave thermal store, which allows multiple heat sources to be connected in a number of different ways.

Grant Spira
Grant Spira RHI approved Biomass Boiler

For more information on Grant UK, check out or to see an up-to-date list of exhibitors at Eco Technology Show 2015, visit our website's Exhibitor Directory.

Big debate on resource stewardship

Brighton’s Eco-Technology Show is fast rising up the list of must-do events for anyone in the resource stewardship arena. Aimed particularly at local authority thinkers, doers and buyers, it showcases green transport solutions, all the latest building technologies, and renewable energy from off-grid to big kit.  Material efficiency is a growing strand, and this year Green Alliance will host a ‘Big Debate’ at the centre of the show – a panel discussion on Circular Economy.

The impetus for this discussion came from work the Resource Stewardship team and the Circular Economy Task Force at Green Alliance has been spearheading with the Technology Strategy Board.  Excited by scientific advances in materials and processes, but concerned about how far some of these are designed to subscribe to Circular Economy principles, we held a meeting in January to explore the opportunities and challenges of developments in High Value Manufacturing (HVM).

HVM is a ‘catapult’ under the Technology Strategy Board. This means that it is an area of economic and technological activity seen as key to the UK’s future prosperity, and it is crucial to support it along the rocky road from lab to market. This is done by funding centres that act as test beds for participating  companies, as well as competitions for research and development grants. HVM covers some of our flagship industries – aerospace, defence, automotive – and involves some of our best known companies (Rolls Royce) to some of the smallest, most entrepreneurial SMEs.

The materials of interest to us are those with great new properties in terms of being strong, flexible and light, but where it is not clear how easily they can be recovered at the end of life (or rather end of first life). So carbon-fibre composite materials, for instance, hugely useful to reduce the weight of aircraft and cars and so lower their carbon footprint, are very difficult to recycle on present technology. We may decide that their advantages mean that this doesn’t matter, but that rather depends on knowing what scale of unrecoverable materials we might be looking at in future. If these materials have use only in very specialist applications, the tonnage might be small, but if they spread into mainstream use (as with cars, or even used in household appliances), they could become a significant waste stream.

Even if tonnage is small, we might want to decide that recoverability (options for re-use, remanufacturing and recycling) are important goals to pursue. Marrying up light-weighting, say, with recyclability, might open up new technological and business opportunities in itself. We were extremely pleased that one outcome of the Green Alliance meeting was the inclusion of Circular Economy language in the aims of a High Value Manufacturing grant competition on light-weighting.

So how does that get us to Brighton? The materials used to give environmental advantage in construction and transport need to be seen through the Circular Economy lens as much as through the low-carbon lens.  Those coming to Brighton to understand what their buildings and car fleets might look like in the future, will want to know what end of life options are available, and may well want a say in how far these considerations are weighed up, and maybe traded off, against each other. At the moment, we are concerned about new composites and other ways of fusing materials together such as in additive manufacturing (3d printing). In future, it could be nano-scale coatings to materials, and more products that are based on biological materials and processes. All of them need a conscious assessment for their ‘circular’ potential.

The Brighton session features Gareth Brown from WRAP talking about resource efficiency in construction, and the importance of keeping an eye on future materials, and Nick Powell from Ricardo, an expert in low carbon vehicles. They are joined by David Greenfield, who has explored the opportunities for recovering IT equipment for many years, and is keen that other sectors learn the lessons of taking complex products from being badly-designed landfill fodder to super-high-tech circular systems.  

We hope that the visitors at the Brighton show will take on the role of intelligent clients and start to ask these questions in a seamless fashion. If there is one common, clear, clarion message from the work of the Circular Economy Task Force, as well as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and the RSA’s Great Recovery Project, it is this – get the design right from the very start. 

Julie Hill Chair, Circular Economy Task Force Green Alliance