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September 2019 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!

Mon, 05 August 2019

These five young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme for the month of September!
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 September are:
Mauro Cozzi (emitWise)
The mission of emitWise is to make every company in the world carbon neutral by 2030, by enabling F500 companies to profitably reduce emissions across their processes and supply chains. Using IoT sensors in factories to measure emissions, combined with client data such as utility bills and purchasing records, emitWise uses an analytics tool, powered by AI, to identify opportunities that simultaneously reduces emissions and operating costs. By disrupting companies with a top-down approach that creates an economic incentive to shift every process and asset towards more efficient and environmentally friendly alternatives, emitWise will make it profitable for companies to become more sustainable.
Atticus Durnell (That’s Caffeine)
That’s Caffeine is an innovative material made from used coffee grounds, inspired by award-winning industrial designer, Atticus Durnell. After collection and drying, the used coffee grounds are mixed with bio-binders, plant-based oils and minerals to create a composite which is similar in appearance to marble and granite. The material is light, durable, water and heat resistant, which makes it ideal for use in kitchen and bathroom fixtures and fittings. That’s Caffeine is an innovative building material and biodegradable product, embracing the circular economy. Production is waste-free, with any off-cuts or surplus materials put back into the manufacturing process, which can also utilise the company’s end-of-life products.
Andrew Edwards (The Shellworks)
Four young designers have developed a process that turns seafood waste into biodegradable, compostable and recyclable bioplastic. Andrew Edwards, Amir Afshar, Ed Jones and Insiya Jafferjee joined forces to start The Shellworks to transform the shells of crustaceans into a paper-like material that can act as a sustainable alternative to single-use plastic. The products created range from anti-bacterial blister packaging to food-safe carrier bags. Shellworks helps to address the problem of food waste and plastic pollution; reducing the amount of shells sent to landfill, where they emit methane as they degrade, and producing bioplastic which can be used as a fertiliser at the end of its life.
William Hart (Coast Technologies)
Coast Technologies aims to enhance the electric scooter ride-sharing economy with its high performance, cost-effective and fit-for-purpose scooters. Current scooters only have around a two-month lifespan before they are discarded, and this year over two million rental scooters will end up in landfill sites. Starting with a step-change improvement in electric vehicle propulsion, Coast Technologies can increase the lifetime of scooters by a factor of ten. Its proof-of-concept electric skateboard delivers twice the power density of the world’s leading electric skateboard brand, and by integrating this tech into its scooters, Coast Technologies will decrease capital costs for share-riding companies by 50%.
Isaac Ramonet (Airbastion Ltd)
Airbastion is developing the technology to remove air pollution from traffic-heavy areas. The unit can be attached to any streetlight or signpost alongside busy roads where it can capture the diesel fumes from passing vehicles. The fumes are collected and processed to filter out polluting particulate matter such as NOx, VOCs, CO, and CO2. Each unit can purify an average of 800 m3 of air per hour. Airbastion also has technology to measure the air quality of the surrounding area, and the air composition entering and leaving the unit; the data of which can be sold on to corporate and governmental stakeholders.

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