Jagdesign (4M) Ltd’s new hybrid hydro energy system will be trialed in households across the North East to help local people cut down on their heating and electricity bills during the cost-of-living crisis.

Jagdesign (4M) Ltd was recently awarded the regional Sustainability Award for the North East during the Celebrating Small Business Awards 2023, hosted by the FSB (Federation of Small Businesses). Over the last year, the company has developed a new and innovative energy system to address the fuel crisis.

Jagdesign began developing the new energy system last year after hearing concerns about the cost of living and other financial worries from local people. Over the last six months, the company developed a prototype to address the problem.

The result was the hybrid hydro system – which has been designed to create constant power by using a new generator to charge a battery bank, and run to existing home electricity systems via an inverter to control its output. The system has a small carbon footprint and is designed to be situated outside a property, supplying power directly to the home.

The system is also designed to work in unison with two smaller units which are the size of a washing machine, known as ‘the twins’, which aim to reduce waste and provide hot water. One unit enables paper, plastic, cardboard, food waste and general municipal waste to be shredded, gasified, and converted into household energy.

The second unit draws on the energy from the battery bank to heat a hot water tank that can supply the household with hot water and heating. Jagdesign believes that the system, when combined, can remove the dependency on the national grid and massively reduce the homeowner’s electricity and gas bills, which the company predicts will rise again this year.

Jagdesign has also sought to support the local community by engaging with two local charities to provide manufacturing systems in the Northeast of England with a boost. The primary hybrid hydro system will be built in the Tees Valley through the charity Community Ventures Ltd.

Its staff will be drawn from the Tees Valley area too, especially those who are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and upskilled to work within the new factory in Teesside. The two smaller ‘twins’ are to be built by young adults with learning difficulties in the North East, potentially in County Durham.

Jagdesign claims that the system can potentially remove 5,872Kg of CO2e per household across the UK. It also believes that the system also has the ability to reduce the energy bills to standard charges, which currently are 46.36p for electricity and 28.49p for gas. According to the company, this equates to an approximately 90 per cent reduction in energy bills for each home using the system, and the market potential is every home in the UK which equates to over 24 million units.

Jagdesign intends to build another group of units which will be trialled across the region in various situations with a view to the first production run being leased to several social housing companies. Once validated by the end user, the whole production will be scaled up to produce sufficient systems to meet demand.

The retail cost for the system is currently being discussed, but the plan is for the system to pay for itself within 12 months. The plan is also to create a ‘named fund’ through the County Durham Community Foundation, which will support good causes across North East England.

The company will represent the North East region at the National Awards on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at the National Conference Centre (NCC) in Birmingham. For further information, please contact Gary Thompson at Jagdesign (4M) Ltd via email at gary@jagdesign.uk or by phone on 01388 335 086.

To find out more about Jagdesign (4M) Ltd, its services and highly innovative work, visit the company’s website.