News | May 2017 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!
05 June 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 May 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.
Douglas Martin (MiAlgae)
MiAlgae is a novel microalgae production company that aims to revolutionize the £340 billion global livestock feed industry by producing microalgal products through the remediation of wastewater. These microalgal products will be used as nutrient substitutes for fishmeal in livestock feeds. By integrating nutrient recycling into the production process, MiAlgae is able to reduce the production costs of a product that has significant value, all the while reducing the pressure on our vital fish stocks and reducing nutrient pollution of fresh water systems. The business’ products will significantly decrease the environmental impact of this industry while simultaneously cleaning up Scotland’s fresh water.
Julian Melchiorri (Arborea)
Arborea is a clean-biotechnology start-up that makes bionic leaves to clean up the atmosphere and produce valuable materials. Arborea has developed Carbon-bio-Converter (CBC) technology which is an evolution of existing algae cultivation technologies that provides increased versatility and performance improvements. The CBC technology is integrated into the business’ ‘BioSolar Leaf panelling system, which can be easily incorporated into building facades, roofs or indoor areas. The product harnesses natural photosynthesis to fix CO2 and remove air pollutants from the atmosphere and from effluent gases while providing high insulation properties to further decrease the building's CO2 emissions.
Feyi Ogunyeye (BrighThinking)
BrighThinking’s first product is a household solar charger for personal devices such as smartphones, smart watches and tablet computers. With roughly 9 out of 10 of the 1.75 billion smartphone users worldwide estimated to regularly overcharge their devices on a daily basis, wasting both energy and money worldwide, BrighThinking’s product, SolarDock, has been designed to allow indoor use. Unlike the range of solar chargers currently available on the market, BrighThinking’s SolarDock combines a clean design with user friendly features, such as an upright stand for gadgets to rest on while charging, in addition to a charging system that automatically switches itself off when it recognises that a device is fully charged.
James Okwudili (Vibro Ultra)
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.