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Publication date:- 2017-24-03

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Tech firm's revolutionary battery system impresses in University trials

A technology firm in Formby has produced a new battery system which can power a suite of computers for almost 8 years. Tests conducted over a 5 month period by engineers at The University of Manchester showed that Extreme Low Energy (ELe)'s POD could power 30 computers for 7 hours a day over 2,830 consecutive days (7.75 years) before the battery capacity dropped to 80%. The pioneering low energy system; which can also act as a back up generator; is attracting interest from schools in developing African nations. The POD stores energy in high performance lithium ion batteries, charging overnight to make use of off peak energy tariffs before supplying power to ELe's suite of low energy PCs and monitors. When used in conjunction with a low energy computing suite, ELe claims its POD can help organisations save at least 70% in energy costs.

Dr Rebecca Todd, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester, said:- "We applied our findings specifically to consider the use of the ELe POD in educational establishments, and concluded that an average school should be able to use the POD system for over 14 years before the battery reaches 80% capacity."

Mark Buchanan, founder of Extreme Low Energy, said:- "As a specialist in the manufacturing of energy storage technologies and alternative energy generation devices the POD is just 1 innovative product we offer to help customers operate partially or fully off grid. We were confident about the longevity of our POD before the testing, but the findings certainly impressed us. We're sure that the results of these independent tests will help prove the value of our DC power solutions and technologies to potential customers both in the UK and overseas."

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The Beast most popular in the North, South votes for Simba

NORTHERNERS have voted for The Beast, star of the 1991 film Beauty and the Beast, as their favourite male Disney character - whilst the rest of the country chose loveable Simba from Lion King, a survey of more than 15,300 has revealed. Respondents from the North West and also the Yorkshire and Humber regions, unanimously chose The Beast as their favourite male character, beating others including Simba, Woody from Toy Story, Peter Pan, and Frozen's Kristoff.

The survey was launched by holiday company Ocean Florida, specialists in travel to the Orlando region, in a bid to find out Britain's opinions on Disney's famous characters.

Head of Marketing Sabrina Hamilton, said:- "The Beast coming out as the favourite character for the North West and Yorkshire was 1 of the most startling results from the survey. Simba from the Lion King; a loveable yet cocky character who learns to take responsibility; swept the board across the rest of the UK. But for the north it was the gruff and lonesome Beast who won out. Perhaps the stereotypes are true and that northerners are made of strong stuff, even when it comes to choosing Disney characters!"

There were areas of national unity, for example Mickey stole the show with 41% of the national vote for the favourite classic character, followed by Minnie Mouse with 26% of the vote. Of course, the main characters are nothing without their trusty sidekicks. Ocean Florida found that the most popular for the majority of the UK is the wise cracking snowman Olaf, from Frozen. However respondents in London and Wales preferred the helpful and kind, yet jealous, Tinkerbell, best friend of Peter Pan.

When it comes to the bad guys, the villainous Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty gets the loudest 'Boooo' from all regions, apart from respondents in Northern Ireland who thought the dastardly sea witch Ursula from The Little Mermaid was the biggest baddie.

Things became less clear cut when it came to choosing favourite song from a Disney film. "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and The Beast, just pipped "Circle of Life" from Lion King to the top spot with 20% against 17%Hamilton added:- "In the 1st 2 months of 2017 we've seen sales of Disney holidays increase by more than 30%, proving Brits just can't resist adding a bit of Disney magic to their family breaks."

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