Mole Group showcase renewable energy at one of Europe’s largest science and technology festivals.

Over a period of two weeks in April each year, the streets of Edinburgh are animated with the most exciting innovations from the world of science and technology. In 2018, Wirral-based Mole Group were delighted to be invited to participate in the festival, showcasing our world-first solar Smartflower.

Probably the “smartest” way to harness solar energy, the Smartflower is a fully integrated, all-in-one solar system suitable for all types of domestic or commercial locations. Designed to be a plug-and-play system, Smartflower can be quickly set up to produce clean energy by tracking the movement of the sun and is the world’s only self-cleaning photovoltaic system.

The Mole Group team set up our Smartflower display in the heart of the city at a specially created “Ecoville” in front of the Scottish National Gallery. The family-friendly low carbon village was in place for the full two weeks of the festival and acted as an interactive installation to inspire visitors of all ages to take steps towards an eco-friendly future.

The eye-catching exhibition explored creative approaches to everyday issues and showcased technological solutions that will help us enter a new, low carbon age and embrace a sustainable way of living. Our Smartflower stand formed the centre of the display, attracting widespread attention and an image of the Smartflower even featured on the cover of the festival’s programme!

Mole Group Managing Director David Furlong said “Mole Group were excited to be invited to participate in such a prestigious event and welcomed the opportunity to talk to the next generation about the importance of renewable energy. Mole Group are the only UK licensed installer of the Smartflower and we do it with minimal impact on the landscape. We believe the Smartflower is the ideal way for businesses and individuals to take their first steps towards reducing their carbon footprint”.

Alongside the annual festival in Edinburgh, the science festival has a strong focus on education and we were also pleased to be able to contribute to sessions about renewable energy and speak with people from all backgrounds about the benefits of solar power.

The Festival was featured in Scottish and UK-wide press, with the Mole team also making an appearance on STV national news.

Mole Group’s other eco-friendly innovations on display at the festival included hassle-free installation of car charging points and an award winning domestic component that dramatically reduces water use at home. Mole Group’s patented multi award winning CombiSave is a single point add on to the hot water pipe that saves around 30,000 litres of water per household per year plus a considerable amount of gas and halves the time waiting for the hot water from the tap, without any reduction in the hot water flow rate.

The Edinburgh International Science Festival for 2018 explored the theme of ‘Life, the Universe and everything else you can think of’ – celebrating the wonder and diversity of life and asks what it means to be ‘alive’ in the 21st century.

Edinburgh International Science Festival, founded in 1989, is an educational charity that aims to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the world around them. It marked its 30th Festival in 2018. Each year it delivers the UK’s largest Science Festival with over 270 events for families and adults over the course of two weeks. Its vibrant and varied programmes include everything from fun family days out to talks and discussions from pioneering thinkers. Family festivalgoers enjoyed five floors of sensational science at City Art Centre, world class theatre at Summerhall and a host of hands-on activities and more at the National Museum of Scotland, Summerhall and other partner venues across Edinburgh.

Paul Winkle, EDF Energy’s Scottish Business Director, said: “EDF Energy is already Scotland’s largest producer of low carbon electricity but we know that addressing the climate change challenge is about much more than decarbonising electricity. We want to help people see how individual actions can help us achieve a low carbon future and think ECO2VILLE is a great way to spread that message to the public during the festival period.”

Mole Group’s Managing Director David Furlong interviewed for STV at the festival