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SASIE has been trading since March 2006, founded by Electrical Engineer, Mo Kelly. It is a UK registered private limited company (No. 05754478).
Originally the company started as a renewable energy installation business. SASIE was one of the few pioneer companies involved in the low-carbon sector and was in demand to design, develop and install renewable energy systems. The company has always believed in multiple renewable technologies – using many sources as most appropriate rather than specialising in any specific technology. Several other renewable energy companies have not been so prudent and chosen to focus on specific technologies, leaving them very vulnerable to changes in Government incentive schemes.
In 2007, SASIE installed the renewable energy systems at the Building Research Establishment’s Innovation Park, working alongside the UK’s major constructors to create exemplar zero and low carbon homes.
In 2008, SASIE joined the Board of the Solar Trade Association and has continued to play a major part in the UK renewable energy sector ever since. The company took particular responsibility for training. SASIE was also the first company in the UK to gain the Micro-generation Certification Scheme’s (MCS) accreditation across four technologies – solar PV + thermal, heat pumps and biomass.
As a result of the link with the BRE, SASIE was invited to join a project to explore Assisted Living packages, with a focus on energy monitoring to create alerts and alarms. Other partners included Microsoft, Willmott Dixon, Cisco and Age UK. The project resulted in the Assisted Living Guidance document, which is published on the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) website.
SASIE went on to launch a products division of the company, with the intention of training installers and supplying high quality parts. The company become the UK distributor for several European companies, from training rigs to heat distribution products and heat pumps. SASIE currently imports 98% of equipment used but would like to play a part in developing local manufacturing.
In 2011/12, SASIE established a TSB funded innovation project, SmartNet, alongside Loughborough University. This project saw the installation of five systems, embodying SASIE’s MonoEnergy concept, for which a patent has been applied. This supported the development of a smart controller which allows SASIE to view remotely the performance of complex heating circuits. The project has given an amazing insight into this performance and very valuable data on how renewable heat systems operate. This project has just reached a successful completion.
SASIE now sponsors a PhD student at Nottingham University, researching the 4th generation low temperature district heat network. We are also researching the MonoEnergy Solution and manufacture of SASIE products, including a successful hybrid heat pump design, which has operated for two years in harsh winters and has been monitored as part of the national Energy Saving Trust trial. The company was also the only UK representative for the development of a European recognised renewable energy training scheme, which SASIE has mapped to a Level 3 C+G qualification, with the package being launched early 2014.
SASIE’s LIME House project will see a new exemplar house developed on a brown-field site in Bulwell, Nottingham.
The house will generate all energy requirements onsite from combined solar thermal and PV roof panels with a SASIE air source heat pump. The house will demonstrate the single point controller MonoEnergy Solution and will be constructed to Lifelong Living and Passiv Haus standards with the aim of achieving Code Level 6.
An Assisted Living package, including a lift, wheelchair turning circles and alarms/alerts as part of the energy management system, will be built in.
The house will be constructed in a modular form, offsite in a Nottingham factory and brought to site for rapid assembly.