Forgen Renewables, Clevedon
Forgen Renewables was formed following a trade and asset purchase of the Forgen vertical axis wind generator range from Gloucester-based Goodridge Engineering Ltd. Since its formation, the company has continually invested in Research and Development for their turbines and has recently introduced a new renewables family of products to its range; intelligent solar-powered LED site and street lights.
Following the installation of the first Forgen wind turbine on a yacht back in 1986, there are now thousands in use in many and varied applications around the world and in the process, Forgen has become a leading provider of renewable energy products and solutions.
Forgen Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWT) technology is used in many different applications all over the world including government scientific research institutions such as the British Antarctic Survey, on sailing boats, and increasingly in many varied commercial applications where small scale remote power is required. The sophisticated technology behind the turbines enables the maximum advantage to be taken of even the most average weather conditions. However, Forgen turbines really come into their own when faced with extreme environments such as those found in the Arctic and Antarctic as well as offshore marine applications.
In 2012 the business signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Leadsun Technology, a world-leading manufacturer of solar-powered LED site lighting systems, to introduce these exciting new products into the UK. These products have been designed and developed to meet the requirements for government, industrial, commercial and residential applications. The lights include a highly efficient solar panel which is connected to a battery that powers the super bright LED light source. They are extremely versatile, lightweight and robust and capture the maximum energy from the sun and do not require mains power.
Led by Chris Williams, the company’s Founder and Chief Executive, Forgen has continued to grow strongly in an exciting market, introducing new product lines and expanding its work force particularly in the area of sales and marketing. These latter investments have been particularly necessary as the company has extended its overseas operations in order to reinforce early success in both the European and US markets. Forgen Renewables is also a South West Cleantech business. Cleantech is a co-investment fund which awards finance to companies to support the on-going development of a sustainable economy in the South West.
Looking back at the path the company has forged in recent years Chris Williams comments, “After purchasing the company, we relocated it from Gloucester to Clevedon in North Somerset. First to Clevedon Hall and then, more recently, to bigger premises on the main Industrial Estate to cope with increasing demand and the growing team needed to service it.
"There is excellent access to local suppliers and good travel links; our new premises are located a stone’s throw from Junction 20 of the M5 - providing easy access to the national road network. The Forgen team also work closely with both Bristol University and the University of West England (UWE) which provides us with an excellent resource in research and development for our future products. On top of this, all of our employees live locally and enjoy the excellent quality of life that North Somerset provides."