News | April 2017 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!
04 May 2017
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 April are:
Christophe Christiaen (Stroom Energy)
Stroom believes that small scale hydropower can play a small but important part in the transition to renewable and sustainable energy sources. Stroom’s mission is to simplify the deployment of small scale hydropower to increase its uptake and drive the energy transition. Stroom aims to create a standardised end-to-end solution for micro hydro deployments. Site selection, permits, impact assessments and cost estimates will be automated, using satellite data and complementary datasets. Potential sites will be matched with suitable micro turbines to standardise production and deployment.
Haydn Kirkman (Airshare Transfers)
Airshare Transfers provide 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 the 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.
Ellenor McIntosh (Twipes)
Twipes are eco-friendly toilet wipes that are antibacterial, like wipes, but on a roll, like toilet paper. Unlike other wipes Twipes are water dispersible within 3 hours. This means that from the moment you flush to the time it gets to the main waterworks Twipes have broken down into its constituent elements. The business is hoping to reduce the amount of fat deposits, fatbergs, from non-disposable wipes in the sewers, a problem that is growing year on year and not only has an impact on the sight of the beaches but also in the pipes within the sewage systems.
James Okwudili (Vibro Ultra)
’s innovative cloud-based design software provides a means of increasing the use of construction and demolition waste in urban infrastructure developments by using suitable waste, such as crushed recycled gravel, concrete, brick or asphalt, to improve weak soils. By using Vibro Ultra’s software, ground improvement designers can improve sites with construction waste while Vibro Ultra’s software works out how many stone columns to put on a given area, what cost-effective recycled material to use and how much of the recycled material is required for the job. The business is aiming to reduce the need for expensive ground improvement methods and create a more sustainable, resource-efficient UK.
Samuel Rogers (Braw Power)
designs portable power products for adventurers or those who are 'off-grid'. Their products are intended to allow users to keep their electronics charged and usable, whether that is for navigation, communication, documenting journeys or activities in the outdoor, military, aid, or developing economy markets. The business’ first product, a personal wind turbine, will be sized for small electronic devices, such as mobile phones and cameras.