Byworth Wins Prestigious Award at The House of Lords
On the 22nd October, Byworth travelled down to London to attend the David Gunn Memorial Lecture & Lord Ezra Awards 2015 at the House of Lords.
The event was organised by the Combustion Engineering Association (CEA), a registered educational charity aimed at improving the understanding and development of the combustion industry. Originally formed in 1933, it advocates science and best practice of combustion and engineering, with a long history of promoting efficiency in the utilisation of all fuel types.
The event began with a fantastic lecture by Dr Stephen Payne OBE, the chief naval architect of the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) – Cunard’s flagship ocean liner, which entered service in 2004.
The entertaining anecdotes throughout the lecture included his childhood story of a single-minded determination to achieve a boyhood dream – to build a liner that would be reminiscent of the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QM2’s predecessor). What was perhaps more inspiring was his memories of a supportive teacher he had throughout his education and career. It was said teacher that persuaded Stephen to ‘follow his dreams’ which led him down his successful path. They stayed in touch throughout Stephen’s career and unfortunately the teacher passed away just before the QM2 was first to set sail. A touching end to the story concluded when Stephen mentioned there was a plaque dedicated to his teacher hidden on the QM2 and he hopes one day it will be found and the inspirational story will be exposed.
The events of the afternoon turned to recognising the efforts of people within the industry. The pinnacle of which was the Lord Derek Ezra Award 2015 for achievement in areas of higher efficiency, safety and lower emissions in industrial combustion.
It was then that Derry Carr, Chairman of the Association, announced Byworth Boilers had won this prestigious award for its Unity control system. Pete Waterman OBE, the Association’s President presented the award to Byworth which was accepted by the system’s creator, Jason Atkinson and Adrian Rhodes.
The award recognises Byworth’s contribution to enhancing both safety and efficiency in the boiler house.
Despite its high-tech nature, Unity strikes a chord with the humble roots and entrepreneurial spirit of the business founder, Dennis Baldwin.
Much of Dennis’ working life was as a user of steam, rather than a steam engineer. He became frustrated with the limited functionality and features of the boilers on the market at the time and after failing to find a single boiler that met his requirements he decided to create his own.
Unity, was first touted as an idea in 2007 to the existing controls manufacturers; but after years of getting nowhere trying to persuade them to take on the development, Byworth felt so strongly that the industry was missing the key technological advancement, it appointed one of its own staff to develop the idea into the finished product. After a two-year development project, Unity was born.
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