The owner of a Halifax business could be on the verge of a big breakthrough for his product if he wins an international innovations competition.
Tony Pegg, managing director of Envirowater, entered his Free Flow Valve product in the Environmental Gateway contest, run by Cummins, the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world.
Cummins are aiming to improve sustainability by finding ideas to help them achieve their Environmental targets in the UK achieve their Environmental targets in the UK.
Envirowater, which is based in Norwood Green, was one of more than 100 companies from across the globe that submitted an innovation.
The Free Flow Vavle is a water free solution for businesses wishing to drastically reduce water consumption and save money by converting standard urinals to water free.
Tony said: “It’s good exposure for me. I’m a one-man band so I have to get out in front of people who can make a difference whenever I can.
“I won the Royal Bank Of Scotland Go Green Challenge last year, but this is a good opportunity for me.
“I was living in Cape Town when I found the product and I bought the UK and European rights to it.
“I’ve had the product since 2014. A lot of people are sceptical and say it’s too good to be true and does it really work?
“I’ve had to prove myself up to this point and hopefully winning this could change things and open up new markets for me.
“It’s been a long process of testing the product but there’s no reason why it couldn’t go global if we won it.”
Envirowater’s idea will be presented to a high calibre panel from Cummins who will decide which innovations will have the opportunity to be implemented, and if successful, scaled up, on Cummins sites in the UK.
“Cummins have 50 units in every one of their factorie, and they have locations all over the world, so it could be a big opportunity for us.”