Warm reception for Alquist’s new product


A product which could save UK firms millions of pounds in energy savings is in line for its second major award – just six months after being launched.

Cambridge based energy reduction technology company Alquist is the organisation behind a hi-tech device called Celsius.  It uses fibre optic cable to take thousands of temperature readings at an accuracy of 0.01°c.

Celsius has already attracted a great deal of interest from a range of industries where temperature regulation is business critical.

In particular the ideaSpace-based business has been working with Data Centres, the facilities that provide computer servers for a number of web-based business, banks and other online services.

Data Centres can house thousands of computer servers which need to work within set temperature limits.  Too hot and the servers can overheat, but the more air conditioning they use to control heat rise, the more their energy costs soar.

Andrew Jones, founder and Managing Director, explained: “The ability to accurately measure fluctuations in temperature is absolutely crucial to these businesses, not only for operational requirements, but also in terms of reducing cost.

“Energy prices are rising; new legislation and related taxation measures mean they need to reduce emissions. Our product helps them to achieve this.

“People don’t realise that Data Centres consume 3% of the UK’s total energy output and this is set to double by 2015, they need to reduce the amount of energy they use.

“Some of our customers are spending millions of pounds on energy, this technology will help reduce this spend by around 25%”

The Celsius unit is able to take real-time temperature readings and send alerts to centre managers when action needs to be taken.

The entrepreneur, who started his business career while still at school, said the Celsius technology was also attracting interest from other sectors.

“We’ve had interest from poultry farmers as the ability to accurately monitor temperature can have a massive impact on egg yield.

“We’ve also been talking to offshore renewable energy sector as the product can help it route electricity more effectively.”

Now the product has been shortlisted in the “The Data Centre Award for Change and Innovation 2011” category at the Data Centres in Europe 2011 awards.

 The winners in all categories will be announced at the awards dinner which takes place in London on the evening of 2nd June 2011. 

“We’re delighted to have been nominated, especially when we’re up against some really tough European competition,” said Andrew.

“It’s particularly rewarding for such a new product, we won  the DataCentreDynamics Future Thinking & Design Concepts award earlier this year, so to be up for a second award so soon demonstrates the interest in Celsius.”


Alquist has been helping businesses become more energy efficient through consultancy and training services. Alquist has evolved through innovation and introduced a variety of energy reduction technologies to the market place to complement our existing platform of consultancy and training services. Its most recent innovation is Celsius, an award winning high definition temperature monitoring system.


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