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Dulas

Renewable pioneers take Welsh expertise to the world Based at Machynlleth in the heart of rural Wales, Dulas emerged in the early 1980s as one of Britain’s first renewable energy specialists. Thirty years on, the business is still firmly rooted in its hometown, but has evolved into a dynamic international operation spearheading innovative renewable projects from Scotland to the South Sea Islands and from Eritrea to Tibet. It is among a select group of businesses that has operated in all branches of the renewable sector – including wind, solar, hydro and biomass. Among its many achievements, the pioneering business has played a key role in preventing illness and enhancing lives in the remotest parts of the world Africa through its solar powered fridges, which allow vital vaccines to be preserved in areas beyond the reach of national grids. The World Health Organisation and UN are among the high-profile organisations working alongside the team from Mid Wales, who are setting new standards in one of the world’s fastest growing sectors.

Leading experts in the renewable energy field from across the UK and beyond have moved to Wales to join home-grown professionals in this exciting enterprise, which now employs around 100 highly skilled staff. The team provides a full range of professional services for clients wishing to install renewable energy systems and it is a key player in Wales’ growing renewable energy sector.

These veterans of the clean energy industry were responsible for building what was only the second wind farm in the UK and its solarpower refrigerator systems have been deployed in more than 50 countries. The firm’s stand-alone solar solutions for the developing world are used in multiple situations; including street lighting, water pumping and telecommunications. They remain at the forefront of a green revolution, driven by international agreements


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and policies such as the UK Carbon Reduction Commitment, UN Millennium Goals and the Kyoto Protocol.

enabled us to develop contacts and set up distributorships for Aquashear Coanda screen, one of our products that increases the power output of hydro schemes by reducing debris in the pipeline. Since the visit we’ve had several new leads in Chile and are also discussing projects in Brazil.”

One of its fastest growing areas is in the commercial solar sector, as energy price rises mean more and more companies have to look at ways of generating their own onsite energy.

The company, a worker-owned co-operative named after the river flowing past its headquarters, This diversity of activity demands first emerged from the Centre a wide range of specialist for Alternative Technology in skills and help from the Welsh Machynlleth to become an The firm provides a wide Government has enabled Dulas independent commercial enterprise. ranging service to support to skills development those renewable projects. For example, skills across the business. It plans to continue its long-term its consultancy operation growth strategy both in Wales and Said Katy Jones: “A lot of the people covers everything from initial other locations where renewable we require are highly specialist environmental impact and feasibility energy opportunities are arising. but we are lucky that we are studies and help with planning This includes Scotland, where operating in an area that is a hub issues through to installation Dulas opened an office in 2010. for renewable energy and we can and post-installation monitoring attract graduates from both Wales of completed projects. During its years of growth Dulas and further afield. We plan to grow has developed a close working In the hydro industry, Dulas both in a sustainable fashion in line with relationship with the Welsh designs and builds systems and our company vision and values, Government, which has provided the team’s expertise has recently and we are being helped to achieve funding for capital investment, helped deliver an innovative hydro this by a good working relationship research and development and project for Dwr Cymru-Welsh with the Welsh Government.” skills development, including Water that combines power support for apprenticeships. generation and water purification. The company has also taken advantage of the Welsh Government’s support to help expand its international For more information contact trade, including recent funding the Welsh Government. for a successful Overseas Email: businesssupport@wales.gsi.gov.uk Business Development Visit Tel: +44 (0)3000 6 03000 to Brazil and Chile. Web: wales.com/business Marketing manager Katy Jones explained: “That trade mission

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