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If you found Channel 4‘s brilliant drama BLACKOUT last night disturbing then you’ll be even more alarmed by recent Ofgem warnings that by 2015 regular power cuts will be a part of daily life throughout homes in the UK.

Manchester businessman Mark Rigby has developed a solution -- The BlackCurrent emergency power back up --  which could put an end to the groping around in the dark trying to find a torch or candle.

While the predicted power cuts wont be anything like the magnitude of that depicted in the TV drama nevertheless given an ageing population,  the number of electrical gadgets used in the home and small offices the implication of this forecast is enormous.

  The BlackCurrent works in a similar way to the emergency back up systems used by hospitals and banks where maintaining electricity is critical.   The unit can be either plugged into an ordinary electrical socket or connected to the mains where it stores electricity till it detects a break in the power when it seamlessly takes over to keep lights, TV and can even your gas central heating running.   

The BlackCurrent came about as a result of one 80 year old lady living in Manchester who experienced 12 power cuts in the space of only 16 weeks.   Scared of having an accident and falling during these power cuts, she would sit in the dark waiting for the lights to come back on.  Extensive research showed that there was nothing available for the consumer that could act as a simple back up system to generate power which lead Mark to develop The BlackCurrent power unit as a safe, easy to install way to keeping the lights on when the power is down. 

Unlike UPS systems, the BlackCurrent units use less energy and are built for much longer usage times during an average 2 hour power cut. It also allows direct use of mains energy, while maintaining full batteries which are kept charged ready for use in the event of an electricity failure.

The basic size BlackCurrent retails at GBP 1140 +shipping costs and can be ordered from UKPowertech Ltd, Countess Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancs OL6 6UE   Tel: +44-(0)161-343-7606. ( twitter: blackcurrentUK )


Editors Note:

The BlackCurrent is available in 3 sizes -- 300, 600 & 2000. These units can either be free-standing to back up a specific piece or multiple pieces of equipment. Alternatively the units can be hard wired into an electrical system to create an emergency power supply. For example the 300 plug and play will run fridge/freezer, TV, medical equipment or when the unit is hard wired into the mains it will run lighting and heating (gas/biomass etc). The larger the unit the more equipment it can operate at higher power levels.

For further information, to interview Mark Rigby, images & product for review contact Roz Hubley, telephone: 0208767 7352 or 07817792528

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