Business and Enterprise Minister Michael Fallon, visited Salford University (19 October) to open a new facility for creating energy efficient glass – the most advanced in Europe. Whilst there, he was also able to meet with leaders of businesses working on low carbon technology.

Mr Fallon, who is the Minister for the low carbon economy and construction, officially opened the University’s new Wolfson Chemical Vapour Deposition (CVD) Laboratory. The Minister also met with business leaders who have worked with the University at the Energy Hub, a research centre dedicated to low carbon business.

Mr Fallon spent time  SME representatives who have worked with the University to test, develop and market new products. One such example is Furlong Innovations which developed the ‘CombiSave’ product which reduces both gas and water consumption within combi-boilers. From an initial design brought to the team at Salford, a process of development and testing has led to thousands of units being ordered by two of the big six energy suppliers to fit with all new boilers they’re installing.

Mr Fallon said: “Building a low carbon economy requires academia and business working together, with the full support of government. Reducing the carbon footprint of our buildings, and the construction sector more widely is a vital part of making that happen. The University of Salford is at the forefront of research in this area and I’m very pleased to be able to open this innovative centre.”