Lee is a green-tech enthusiast and electronics engineer, passionate about supplying the market with truly innovative products and manifesting his eco ideas into reality. He’s remained a local guy who gained relatively basic qualifications of a City & Guilds in Electronics Servicing and an HNC in Electronic Engineering. He learned a lot by on the job training; having spent time with the Swedish multinational telecommunications company, Ericsson, when they had a site in Scunthorpe and also time served with experienced Electronics and Electrical Senior Engineers over several jobs.
Having run a few of his own businesses, the entrepreneur was more recently the technical lead and one of the three directors behind 4ECO, initially installers of renewable technologies, who then developed into an electronics manufacturing business that produced an energy efficient power diverter for water and heating.
So having already developed and designed this power diverter that helped self-consume the green energy produced by your microgeneration system, Lee’s inventions then returned to market when he formed myenergi Ltd with co-founder and former 4ECO employee Jordan Brompton, in the summer of 2016. Lee and a couple of his faithful engineers took the opportunity to redesign the power diverter and launch the ‘eddi’ and also continue to design and develop renewable products that increase the self-consumption of green energy.
After working in renewables for over 10 years and being an electric vehicle driver, Lee found it frustrating not being able to maximise the benefits of his solar panels when charging the car, therefore missing out on additional environmental and financial benefits from microgeneration system already installed. It was a natural next move to solve this problem and make this concept a reality, subsequently Lee spent the first 12 months of myenergi’s journey with his design team completing the development of the second product in the range; the zappi. It’s the first EV charger on the market of its kind and this innovation bridges the gap between Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles; if a customer has solar panels or a wind turbine zappi can charge the EV with the surplus power that would have been sent to the grid, essentially giving the customer a completely green charge. In some cases a FREE charge, which in turn reduces their ROI and reduces their carbon footprint even further.
Not content with this revelation, Lee continued to formulate the idea of the ‘smart house’ and in bringing these two products together, he wanted a way for them to be easy to install without using a wired current transformer (CT) for measuring the grid and or generation power. The answer was the ‘harvi’; no power source is needed, as the energy from the CT is harvested and used to transmit the measurement signal to the zappi or eddi and this means batteries or electrical wiring are eliminated! They said it couldn’t be done, but this unassuming, mild mannered mastermind from Grimsby, proved otherwise and went on to file a patent for the product.
So the products were there, but the business needed to move to the next stage and following the launch in November 2017 and support from the international crowdfunding website ‘Indiegogo’, Lee and Jordan began looking for external backing. After many meetings with typical financiers, clearly only interested in ‘putting in and getting out’, they met a very different team who were very keen on the longer term and they subsequently secured an investment with Sir Terry Leahy and Bill Currie in early 2018, which enabled the team to grow, manage cash flow and secure components to enable manufacturing on-site, and finally reach the market.
Lee has built the company from a small team of only 6, to numbers in excess of 45, the business has gone from strength to strength with a forecast turnover of £3.5m by May 2019, and the three award winning products are selling into thousands of homes all over the world in less than one year.
The company have had to expand production facilities thanks to the overwhelming demand for the perfectly timed products. Not only building a reputable brand but a great relationship with customers putting their needs and savings first. myenergi now have over 300 zappi installers all around the UK and are selling internationally to countries such as: Norway, Australia, France, Italy, Ireland, Sweden with growing interest from the rest of the EU, New Zealand and the USA.
Lee continues to have a lot of ambition and there are some exciting projects coming up in the next two years; including the design and release of further eco-smart products.