Passion for Power

| Ideas & Opinions, Sustainable Design

I have a strong commitment to making businesses sustainable as I believe everyone benefits-business owners, employees, customers and the local community.

So I really enjoyed talking to Allison McKenzie, an Engineer who joined Triteq in October 2010. Allison studied Physics & Micro Electronics as a combined discipline at Oxford Brookes and graduated in 1997. Intrinsically a problem solver, Allison really enjoyed the course and used it to develop her interest in medical electronics. Following her graduation, she worked as an engineer designing industrial, military and medical equipment. Later, she joined BSI as a Technical Expert before moving to Carefusion as an Electronics Design Engineer in their Basingstoke office. After she was made redundant in 2010 she began looking for a new position. Although for many this was a difficult time in her area of expertise the market was particularly buoyant. When she was invited for an interview at Triteq, Allison went along with a very relaxed approach and thought the interview would be good experience for her and an opportunity to check that her skills were appropriate to the type of roles she was applying for.

But when she met Triteq founders Jackie Berry and Steve Lane she found her interest growing, Allison described how Jackie and Steve's commitment and enthusiasm to their company was one of the main reasons she accepted their offer of a position in the Product Design & Research team at Triteq.

Allison's has a strong awareness of the power wastage of products and she explained how many products in our homes, schools and workplaces could use a lot less power, saving money and reducing overall energy consumption.

Allison's knowledge and keen interest in renewable energy, is so important today and of vital relevance to Triteq's work. Awareness of energy issues is vital for the future of industry in the UK and it begins with the design of the products that allow us to make big scale changes.

This subject is one of the government's major drivers today, as our energy consumption has changed so much in the last thirty years. This week a major step was taken by the government to manage the UK's energy security and low carbon future with the publication of plans for the national rollout of smart meters. These plans include the timetable for the installation of 53 million smart meters in 30 million homes and businesses across Great Britain – a move which is estimated to have a cost benefit of over £7.3 billion over the next twenty years.

Smart meters will provide real time information on energy consumption to help control energy use, saving money and reducing emissions. There has been an increase of 11% in the UK since 1990 and by 2000, energy consumption by cold appliances had increased by 274 % on 1970 levels and was the second largest consuming group, after lighting. Lighting accounted for 23 % of the total amount of electricity consumed for lighting and appliances in the domestic sector while cold appliances accounted for 22 %

The amount of energy used by appliances has increased by 9 per cent since 1990, which has been a result of increases in the total number of appliances bought and used by households as well as the increase in the number of households. Net national disposable income in the UK has increased by 30 per cent since 1990 and the higher the income, the higher the level of appliances owned by households. In 2000, 45 per cent of households with a gross weekly income of over £500 owned a dishwasher, compared with only 12 % of households with an income of £100 or less.

Triteq have a strong focus on research and development in the energy sector and are involved in a number of projects. With their continuous investment in a strong team and research, they thoroughly deserve their reputation as one of the leading electronic product designers in the UK.

Thanks Allison and good luck in your role.


  • Energy Consumption in the United Kingdom
  • Department of Trade & Industry
  • Department of Energy & Climate Change

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