April 20, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] An Oxfordshire, England company has been awarded a prestigious government grant to develop intelligent solar and other renewable energy powered LED lighting systems. Zeta Controls, based in Bicester, has won an “Exceptional Research and Development Grant Award” from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Small Business Service (SBS), which aims to encourage innovation in England. Zeta Controls is a design and manufacturing company who are developing solar powered microprocessor-based electronic control systems to harness the synergy between solar energy and high output LED based lighting, both highly innovative and rapidly developing technologies. The company will use the government grant to develop a range of intelligent solar, wind and fuel cell-based outdoor LED-based lighting solutions initially for application within the street furniture, amenity lighting, signage and advertising markets. The project award will build on an earlier SMART supported feasibility study into intelligent solar powered energy management systems.