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Simon Scott, a Yorkshire Housing tenant, has been putting his engineering background to good use by creating an innovative potential solution to the supply of clean, cheap, sustainable energy through his company Clean Ocean Energy.

Simon’s design utilises new flexible renewable energy technologies, but he has struggled to find a partner to help with the prototyping needed to demonstrate the viability of this potential multi-million pound project.

Following a discussion with Yorkshire Housing’s enterprise team, work began with Simon to try and find a way forward and meet with experts who could help shape his next steps. As a result, meetings were organised with Leeds Library who provided technical expertise in patents and ideas for further possible partners.

Meetings were organised by Yorkshire Housing with AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing and Research Centre), part of the University of Sheffield, along with the faculty of engineering in the university who all helped shape the way forward.

What Simon needed was access to the world class computer-aided design (CAD) software modelling package SOLIDWORKS®, which could be used to produce the 3D models necessary to move to the next phase. This is where luck took a hand.

Simon saw a competition on the web for the SOLIDWORKS® Entrepreneur Scheme, offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to win $50,000 of access to the software. Simon entered the contest and came out tops and he now has access to the software he needed, thanks to the support of software reseller, Solid Solutions.

Yorkshire Housing then provided some very practical support to keep the project moving by offering Simon a Business Start-up Grant towards upgrading his IT, as the programme needed the very latest computer processing power to run.

Simon Scott, Clean Ocean Energy, said: “Thank you Yorkshire Housing for having faith in my ideas and your help to push the project forward. Also thanks for the financial support, which will enable me to upgrade and continue to develop my idea”.

Watch this space as Simon moves forward on the next stage of development. Find out more about his project here: