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Tennant secures 'noise Oscar'

Published 16th December, 2010 by Neil Nixon

Tennant secures 'noise Oscar'

Tennant Company was awarded a 2010 ‘noise Oscar’ for technology from the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) for its Green Machines 500ze street sweeper.
The NAS awards recognise and promote innovative ideas and initiatives from local authorities, industry, individuals and organisations that have made a positive impact on the reduction of excessive noise in the community and helped to improve the aural environment.

The awards are named in honour of the Society’s founder, John Connell OBE, who successfully lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK.

As the world’s first Lithium-ion powered vacuum street sweeper, the Green Machines 500ze heralds a significant step in the drive for reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality and significantly reducing noise pollution in city centres around the world. Ideal for sound-sensitive environments with significant pedestrian traffic, the Green Machines 500ze delivers good cleaning results while addressing the growing requirement for environmentally sensitive solutions for major cities and local boroughs throughout the world.

Additional benefits of the Green Machines 500ze include:
• Zero exhaust emissions to improve air quality in cities and urban areas.
• Zero CO2 emissions to help address the growing requirement to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
• Significant noise reduction to enable unobtrusive early morning or late night operation - in transit mode, the 500ze is nearly silent.
• Up to eight hours of operation on a single charge of its Lithium Ion battery packs.
• Water consumption is reduced through the Cloudmaker dust control system.

In making the announcement, Gloria Elliott, chief executive of NAS, referenced the 500ze and Tennant Company as a shining example of how a major global corporation can contribute to the important issue of noise reduction, applauding the 500ze for its ground-breaking application of technology to achieve near-silent operation and zero emissions.

“Emissions, in particular noise pollution, are a critical issue for our customers and communities,” said Stephen Lynas, product director, Tennant Company. “Tennant Company is committed to developing innovative and more environmentally-friendly ways to clean, and is honoured to receive this award as recognition of that commitment.”

In addition to the NAS ‘noise Oscar’ award, the Green Machines 500ze was also recognised with the 2010 Ruban d’Honneur UKTI Award for Innovation, as well as the 2010 Minnesota High Tech Association ‘Cleantech’ award, which recognises businesses that manufacture environmentally-sound products or solutions that reduce costs, inputs, energy consumption, waste or pollution.

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