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October 2017 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!

Mon, 06 November 2017

These five young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme for the month of October!
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 October are:
 
Dr Johnson Fernandes (Equiwatt)
Equiwatt is a clean-tech start-up with a vision to uberize the traditional energy markets. Advances in cloud computing, IoT and artificial intelligence (AI) are helping to transform the traditional electricity grid into a digital grid. Equiwatt is facilitating this transformation by unlocking residential demand-side flexibility through their smart hub and AI technology. By orchestrating power management of thousands of flexible household electrical loads, they are building a crowd-owned virtual power plant that will respond smartly to inefficient grid conditions and promote clean energy consumption.
 
Thomas Fudge (WASE)
WASE has a decentralised sanitation system to treat wastewater on site, producing a hydrogen-based biogas (H2, CH4 & CO2) while removing the pollutants in wastewater. The treatment process is carried out with microbial electrolysis cells (MEC) 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.
 
Pierre Guglielmi (WeeWash)
WeeWash is a small portable dishwasher designed for small spaces, which can save an average of 8,000 litres of water per person, per year.  As WeeWash does not use standard water jet technology, this allows the product to use less water and electricity and clean dishes faster than other dishwashers. By using ultrasound technology, WeeWash will use four times less electricity than a standard dishwasher, require no detergent and use three times less water than washing dishes by hand.
 
Nicolas Kral (Phytoform Labs)
Phytoform Labs is a plant breeding company. The business will provide customers with novel traits in common agricultural and horticultural crops that will provide resilience to climate change. Phytoform uses gene editing techniques to innovate a novel breeding approach that allows for designed traits in crops rather than breeding by chance.  
 
Martina Zupan (Alterwaste)
Alterwaste is an innovations company that’s turning waste into new valuable products. The business is currently focusing on preventing industrial waste and reducing plastic pollution by making disposable packaging out of eggshells. Alterwaste’s brand new, patent pending, material made from eggshells, Colleggtion, is fully compostable and can be recycled with food waste to be composted and returned to soil as fertiliser.

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