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January 2018 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!

Tue, 06 February 2018

These five young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme for the month of January!
The Smarter Future Programme provides £5,000 in start-up funding to one winner per month to help young entrepreneurs with the most innovative business ideas to tackle the biggest energy and resource challenges we face.

The five shortlisted businesses for the month of January are:
 
Thomas Fudge (WASE) 
WASE has a decentralised sanitation system to treat wastewater onsite, producing a hydrogen-based biogas (H2, CH4 & CO2) while removing the pollutants in wastewater. The treatment process is carried out with microbial electrolysis cells that use a biofilm to break down the organic compounds. With the addition of their electrochemical process, WASE can produce hydrogen with higher efficiencies than water electrolysis. WASE also recovers the nutrients within the wastewater to be reused in fertilisers, and the water can either be discharged safely back into the environment or recirculated on site reducing water consumption.
 
Chris Guest (LightBug)
LightBug develops and manufactures IoT devices with industry-leading battery life. LightBug’s products include a solar-powered LightBug GPS Tracker and Sally & Wally a smart bin device which monitors the level of waste in a bin. The business provides customers the opportunity to increase efficiency by optimising schedules and reducing the number of vehicles on the roads.
 
Benedicte Kiasi (Give Sell Hire) 
Give Sell Hire is a mobile app and website that encourages users to donate, sell and hire out reusable goods with the aim of eliminating fly-tipping around London and lessening the carbon footprint of the recycling process. The platform gives users the opportunity to upcycle and repair items that might normally be discarded, reducing the need for more recycling trucks and waste disposal vehicles on the road as well as prolonging the life of items that are carbon-intensive to produce.
 
Haydn Kirkman (Airshare Transfers)
Airshare Transfers provides door-to-door airport transfers through the organising of shared taxis by acting as an intermediary between self-employed drivers and customers. Airshare Transfers uses existing mobility solutions more efficiently to reduce both localised congestion and, more broadly, consumption of natural resources. An airport such as Manchester handles over 65,000 vehicles entering it every day, through more efficient coordination of resources, and subsequent reduction in miles driven, the business anticipates a 50% reduction in fuel consumed and CO2 emitted can be achieved for every customer journey.
 
Isaac Ramonet (Pure Air Industries
Pure Air is developing a product which removes air pollution from traffic heavy areas. The business’ product can be attached to any light or signpost alongside busy roads where it catches diesel fumes from passing vehicles. The fumes are collected and processed to filter out polluting particulate matter, VOCs and other greenhouse gases, including CO and CO2.

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