History of EcoStyle
Directors Simon Hall and Antonia Liarmakopoulou met in 2000 while studying Product Design at the University of Luton. As part of a degree project, they contacted the National Energy Foundation who proposed the re-design of a homemade wind turbine, photovoltaic cell and solar water heater demonstration used for their school visits.
The foundation asked Simon and Tonia to design robust, effective versions of these products suitable for mass-production and retail. Upon completing their degree in 2002, Simon and Tonia decided to commercialise the products, and registered EcoStyle as a limited company based at the former Luton & Dunstable Innovation Centre.
After producing and testing ten successful prototypes, the National Energy Foundation obtained European funding for EcoStyle to manufacture an initial batch of 100 of each of the three kits (Wind Turbine Kit, Photovoltaic Kit, Solar Water Heater Kit). These kits were trialled in schools throughout the UK, and received an extremely positive response.
Following this success, EcoStyle commenced ongoing production of the three renewable energy kits. In 2007 the company required larger manufacturing facilities and moved to the Community Enterprise & Resource Centre (CERC) in Luton. At the beginning of 2009 EcoStyle relocated into its existing premises at the newly-constructed Luton Business and Innovation Centre within the Butterfield Business and Technology Park, Luton.
To date EcoStyle has supplied over 9,000 renewable energy kits to organisations around the world. The company has recently expanded its activities to include water efficiency education kits, and has designed and manufactured products for a number of UK water companies.