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“UK Powertech develops power back-up ‘BlackCurrent’ for small businesses” - Story featured on MENMedia.co.uk

Fears over power cuts and a future energy crisis have prompted a Tameside company to build a battery-powered back-up system for small businesses. UK Powertech has developed ‘The BlackCurrent’ in response to the potential for power cuts as nuclear power stations reach the end of their lives and coal-powered plants are closed.

The device can be plugged into an ordinary socket and will store electricity until it detects a break in the power, when it seamlessly takes over the supply.

UK Powertech, based in of Ashton-under-Lyne, spent 18 months and £40,000 developing The BlackCurrent, which comes in five different sizes depending on the energy demands of the customer. It can supply power for up to seven hours.

The government has predicted that daily power cuts could be a reality by as early as 2017. With companies increasingly reliant on technology to keep trading, UK Powertech managing director Mark Rigby said many businesses could be affected.

Retailers, for instance, would see their tills shut down as card readers become unable to process payments, he added.

He said his research showed there was nothing else on the market that could act as a back-up system which would store power for all the electronic equipment businesses need.

Mr Rigby said: “With the bad winters we have had recently, I started hearing about power cuts around the country.

“That made me think about the impact on commerce. Retailers can’t trade without access to the internet. Without energy, life stops.

“It is a growing issue, because we are using energy at an incredible rate and we will be producing less in the future.

“The BlackCurrent plugs into the mains and stores enough energy to keep operations such as communications and payment systems going and even life-saving equipment in care homes.

“It automatically detects if the power has been disrupted, so there is no interruption to the supply at all and your computer won’t even shut down.” Other applications would include powering security systems and drug storage fridges at doctors' surgeries.

Now Mr Rigby is looking to sign up distributors and retailers for The BlackCurrent, both in the UK and abroad.

UK Powertech is a £1.3m-turnover business which was founded in 2000 and has 15 staff.

It specialises in supplying batteries and specialist equipment used in the battery manufacturing process.

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