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Meet the businesses on the shortlist for Shell Springboard 2018!

Wed, 28 February 2018

Shell Springboard provides no-strings attached funding to UK-based small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with innovative, low-carbon business ideas.
In 2018 Shell Springboard will award one national winner with £150,000, and a further five regional winners with £40,000 of equity-free funding to help grow their low-carbon businesses.
16 businesses have been shortlisted for this year’s programme and will be invited to a regional event where they will meet a panel of expert judges. Three enterprises from each regional final will win £40,000 and a place at the national final, where they will have the opportunity to secure an additional £110,000! 
The following 8 businesses will be taking part in the Cambridge regional final:
Refuelling a gasoline or diesel vehicle takes 5-10 minutes at any one of the 8,500 filling stations covering the UK. For widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EV), drivers will expect a similar 5-10 minute charging experience. ZapGo have developed a solution that uses very fast charging energy storage to buffer the grid. The business model works by arbitraging the cost of electricity, buying energy at night or when cost is low and then selling at competitive rates.

Seawater Greenhouse
Climate change and desertification are leading to rapidly declining amounts of arable land and water for agriculture, particularly in Africa. Existing practices of irrigation exacerbate the problem by over-abstracting groundwater and the resultant desertification greatly reduces an ecosystem’s ability to sequester carbon. Seawater Greenhouses are 'cool houses' designed to overcome this problem in arid coastal environments by evaporating seawater, to create a cool and humid microclimate, ideal for crop cultivation.

Digital Daylight
Digital Daylight uses data driven 3D surface structures to increase natural daylight transmission through glass whilst reflecting solar heat. Digital Daylight (DDL) owns globally patented technologies that utilise digital manufacturing techniques, to create bespoke, on demand coatings that reject short wave infrared (heat) and redirect and diffuse natural daylight - turning glass into a 'Dynamic Luminaire'. These efficiencies reduce building energy consumption and improve the working environment.

Brill Power        
Brill Power develops cutting-edge battery management technology to increase the lifetime of lithium-ion battery packs for grid-scale energy storage and electric vehicles. Brill Power's combination of novel hardware and intelligent software solutions extend the lifetime of conventional lithium-ion batteries by up to 60%, while offering higher reliability than any other battery system. Brill Power addresses the problem of lithium-ion battery degradation and tackles the challenge of increasing the lifetime and reliability of lithium battery packs for enabling a cleaner energy future.

Kensa Group
Ground source heat pumps provide low-carbon and low cost heating but their deployment in new build housing has been hampered by the high cost of ground arrays. Proposed changes to the Renewable Heat Incentive regulations create an opportunity for entities to fund, own and maintain the ground array and provide at zero cost to the developer: in return, the owner receives the RHI income. Kensa’s project centres on the delivery of communal ground arrays to support ground source heat pump installations at new build housing projects.

geo (Green Energy Options)
Hybrid Homes geo was formed in 2006 to help people reduce carbon emissions and save money on building energy consumption. The Hybrid Home will enable households to engage flexibly with the grid by providing features that create the active consumer. Grid aggregation requires active consumers, but little has been done to engage or enable these users. geo’s project will satisfy this need by providing the in-home and cloud infrastructure that will manage in-home energy appliances.

The plastics industry is indispensable for modern life. The industry is oil-based and generates millions of tonnes of CO2 and plastic products can cause environmental damage. Cambond has developed a plant-based resin that can be combined with a range of biomass fibres and polymers to make CAMPOSITE, a planet friendly alternative to plastics. CAMPOSITE can be manufactured and supplied to manufacturers for less than the cost of their current plastics and reduce the carbon burden of the plastics industry.

Bluebox Energy
Bluebox Energy have developed a hot air turbine system which couples to a waste-wood biomass furnace to convert it from a heat only source to additionally producing renewable electricity. The power is therefore 100% renewable and increases the value of the renewable power station. The new hot air turbine system has just been successfully demonstrated in Switzerland. Bluebox are now looking to fully commercialise the technology, ready for deployment in the UK.

The following 8 businesses will be taking part in the Aberdeen regional final:

Carbon Capture Machine (UK)
Carbon Capture Machine plan to commercialise a novel mineralisation process to capture and convert flue gas CO2 into high value carbonate products. CCM's proprietary technology dissolves combustion CO2 from any source in dilute alkali, converting it to carbonate ions with efficiency approaching 100%. These conversion products are carbon negative, high value feedstocks that are in demand across many industries such as paper making, plastics, paints and adhesives.

Clean Water Wave
Clean Water Wave is a social enterprise dedicated to developing sustainable, affordable solutions for clean, safe drinking water for community use. Clean Water Wave’s Clean Aqua For Everyone (CAFE) filter gives clean, safe drinking water for poor rural communities in developing countries, and can also be used in rural areas in rich countries that have issues with safe drinking water. Their decentralised water treatment system can be gravity assisted, or can use a solar powered pump (depending upon the scenario) and take dirty water and give World Health Organisation-compliant drinking water for ca. 1000 people per day.

Scottish start-up company Carbogenics has developed CreChar - a novel carbon-based Anaerobic Digestion (AD) additive to boost biogas production. CreChar not only removes inhibitory compounds but also provides surfaces for biofilm formation and helps to stabilise process conditions. Carbogenics' innovative technology uses pyrolysis to turn paper fibre-rich waste materials, such as laminated paper, paper crumble, and low-grade recycled cardboard and paper into a valuable circular economy product.

The Sure Chill Company
Sure Chill addresses the problem that traditional cooling solutions need constant power. The technology uses two amazing properties of water in order to store energy to cope with power loss and to regulate temperature. It's a scalable technology that can be used around the world. Sure Chill technology was developed to address an urgent need in the field of vaccine refrigeration in emerging economies.

Anakata Wind Power Resources
Anakata has developed a small aerodynamic device - commonly described as a winglet - that can be attached to the blade tips of Megawatt - class wind turbines to increase their power output. The device does this primarily through reducing the induced drag (an aerodynamic loss) that is a result of vortex structures being shed from the tip of the blade. Additionally, the winglet also makes its own contribution to the generated torque and hence power output of the turbine.

To make our buildings smarter and efficient LightFi's technology embraces our modern lifestyle - the fact that we are never without our phones. Using WiFi radio and smart algorithms LightFi detects live occupancy in any WiFi enabled space. It optimises the HVAC for the number of people in the room to save energy and improves the indoor environment, automates lighting to turn off when the space is empty, and provides data and insight into how space is being used.

Endo Enterprises (UK)
Endo Enterprises' product Endotherm is an additive which reduces surface tension in heating systems, allowing them to heat water in heating systems more efficiently. Whether a building is using the latest energy saving technology, or whether it is an old building with lots of inefficiencies, Endotherm can deliver up to 15% savings on heating bills.

Symmetrical Power
Commercial premises need a 3-phase electricity supply. All circuits should consume power evenly between the phases: imbalances lead to power returning down the neutral and dissipating as heat. In addition, customers can and do incur a Peak Demand Charge (PDC). This inefficiency is highly problematic because balancing new/existing installations is difficult and requires time to plan/change. The Energy Saving ID Board is a plug and play 3-phase distribution board that can lower energy usage, reduce carbon emissions, save lives and reduce downtime.
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Pictured: 2015 Shell Springboard national winners Jim Reeves and Caroline Angus, of GravityLight 

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