Corrour Concepts LLP designed the Ecotrip, a user friendly and inexpensive energy saving device that can supplement any existing domestic central heating control.
When designing the product, the company was very conscious of the increasing complexity of heating systems and wanted to ensure that the controls were convenient and easy to use. The Ecotrip requires a single action to set and is ‘set and forget’. It can be retrofitted to existing installations without recabling, requires no batteries and can be used by the sight impaired and disabled. The company considered it essential to understand market perceptions of their product from a useage and design viewpoint.
Corrour Concepts was referred by Scottish and Southern Energy to Interface. Interface identified various business schools with the expertise to support the company in determining market potential. The research was to establish the extent to which users could be expected to utilise an Ecotrip.
- The potential for supporting the reduction in fuel poverty was highlighted.
- Research indicated that there was a need for the Ecotrip to be sufficiently rugged to withstand 'enthusiastic' usage.
- Collaboration provided the company with the opportunity to publicise the Ecotrip and discuss the device with building experts in the field.
Please note that Interface administers the Innovation Voucher Scheme on behalf of the Scottish Funding Council. All funding applications are reviewed on a case by case basis by the Scottish Funding Council, guidelines can be found here.