"Intelligent Standby Energy Saver" can Reduce Global Domestic Energy Consumption by 10% and Save the Equivalent of one Third of the USA's CO2 Output Annually

    -   Winning Design Takes Top Prize at Premier Farnell's Global Live EDGE
        - Electronic Design for the Global Environment-Awards Ceremony

    -   A $10,000 USD Premier Farnell Scholarship Announced to Benefit
        Engineering Students

    CHICAGO, April 2 /CNW/ - Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), the leading
multi-channel, high service distributor and its companies (Farnell, Newark,
Premier Electronics, Farnell-Newark CPC, and MCM), announces Pedro Rodrigues
from Portugal as the Live EDGE 2008- Electronic Design for the Global
Environment - Challenge winner. Mr Rodrigues is awarded a unique prize package
including a $25,000 USD cash prize and support services valued at an
additional $25,000 USD from experts in the fields of design consultancy,
marketing, legal and commerce to drive the design towards production. Mr
Rodrigues' winning design is an Intelligent Standby Energy Saver - a system
that automatically detects the standby mode of electrical equipment and
disconnects the power when it is not required.

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    "This unique power controller design analyses power consumption using an
artificial intelligence algorithm implemented on a high-end micro-controller,"
said Pedro Rodrigues, Live EDGE 2008 winner. "This enables the Intelligent
Standby Energy Saver to distinguish between the "standby" and "non-standby"
modes even when faced with complex consumption patterns and, thus disconnect
the load. The device has sensors that detect changes in the environment and
intelligently restore power, when required."
    Power savings are achieved by the intelligent control of power to such
consumer items as televisions and entertainment systems, whereby the
accumulated "standby" power is effectively reduced.
    "The Intelligent Standby Energy Saver design takes a radically different
and technically superior approach to determining power usages," said Sir Peter
Gershon, Chairman of Premier Farnell and Live EDGE judge. "The idea of using a
neural network algorithm to accomplish Mr. Rodrigues' energy saving design is
original and clearly more efficient than conventional energy savings methods."
    The first highly commended $5,000 USD winner of the Live EDGE challenge
is John Tillson from England. His entry, a PowerShift Power Controller is
designed to switch off critical loads during supply/demand imbalances, easing
the burden on national power grids at times of peak demand. The system works
by detecting the peak times of electrical power usage, then switching off any
suitable electrical appliances to lessen the total load presented to the power
    The second highly commended $5,000 USD winner is Antonio Lalguna from
Spain for his design of an automatic irrigation system to improve Photovoltaic
systems. This device is aimed at improving the efficiency of solar panels by
30%, using a rainwater harvesting system to automatically clean and cool off
the panels.
    "Our congratulations go out to Pedro, John and Antonio. We truly look
forward to helping Pedro register his design and supporting him to take the
unit from prototype to production in the coming year," said Harriet Green, CEO
of Premier Farnell. "We feel the Live EDGE challenge provides a great
opportunity for electronic design engineers to bring their environmentally
friendly designs to the market. We are proud to encourage the design of
products that could positively impact the lives of at least 3 billion people
worldwide. We will continue to work towards providing the very best service,
technology and support to our critically important design engineering
customers, like Pedro Rodrigues."

    Editors Note:

    The 2007 Live EDGE winner, Mr. John Noble has already taken his design
through to completion and anticipates having the product ready for
distribution later this year. For more information on his energy saving
product visit: http://www.haikufan.com.
    Estimates vary for the amount of electricity used in standby mode but a
consensus is that around 5-10%(1) of domestic power is wasted in standby
power; A UK Government study suggested 8%(2). Research published by Reed
Elsevier(3) states that China needs six power stations running constantly to
provide standby power. In 2004 the global annual CO2 emissions were 27,245,
758 thousands of metric tons a 10% saving would equate to one third of the CO2
output of the USA at 6,049,435.

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    High resolution images of the 2008 Live EDGE winner and trophies can be
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    About Premier Farnell

    Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) is a leading high service, multi-channel
distributor of electronic, and industrial products and specialist services
throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. It goes to market with a
differentiated value proposition, world-class marketing, a stocked range of
450,000+ products, and access to 4,000,000 more items from 3,500 top
manufacturers. The company has group sales of GBP823.1m and over 4,100
employees globally.
    While global in scope, Premier Farnell recognizes the individual needs of
each market and has continued to internationalize its model accordingly,
trading locally under different brand names. Its primary electronics
businesses trade as Farnell in the UK, India, Europe, Australia and New
Zealand, Newark in the US, Canada and Mexico, and Premier Electronics in
China. In Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Brazil the operation is known as
Farnell Newark.
    Premier Farnell has participated in the Business in the Community CR
Index for three years and has been one of the 'biggest improvers' in the index
in the last two years. The company is also a member of the FTSE4Good Index of
Corporate and Social Responsibility and has published its own Corporate Social
Responsibility report since 2002.

    For more information visit the website at http://www.premierfarnell.com

    Please consider the environment before printing this press release.

    (1) A trickle turns into a flood: standby power loss in China: Jiang Lin,
        Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory

    (2) TV standby buttons will be outlawed,
        Lewis Smith and Mark Henderson

    (3) Standby power use in Chinese homes, Alan Meier, Jiang Lin, Jiang Liu
        and Tienan Li.

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For further information:

For further information: Jenny Peters, Head of Corporate Communication,
Premier Farnell plc, and Asia, Tel: +44(0)207-851-4102, Email:
jpeters@premierfarnell.com, Web: http://www.premierfarnell.com; Jonathan
Roberts, Account Director, Pinnacle Marketing Communications Ltd, Tel:
+44(0)208-869-9339, Email: jonathan@pinnaclemarcom.com, Web:
http://www.pinnaclemarcom.com; Janice Fleisher, PR & Communications Manager,
Newark, The Americas, Tel: (773) 907-5941, Email: jfleisher@newark.com; Claire
Haikings, Farnell, Europe, Tel: +44(0)133-2790101 ext 3433, Email:

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