Scottish Businesses Scoop £110,000 for Ideas to Tackle Climate Change

08 Feb 2012


Three Scottish businesses with innovative ideas to tackle climate change last night won Shell Springboard awards worth a total of £110,000.

Cumbernauld based Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd (GSS) received a £40,000 financial boost for its high performance CO2 sensors that help users in the building control market reduce energy costs by up to 20%.

Celtic Renewables Ltd from Edinburgh also received a £40,000 Shell Springboard award for its process in generating next generation biofuels using by-products from the Scottish malt whisky industry resulting in reduced oil consumption and CO2 emissions.

L to R: Craig Britton (Supply Design), Angus Gillespie (Shell Vice President for CO2 Strategy), Des Gibson (Gas Sensing Solutions), Alan Henderson (Gas Sensing Solutions), Martin Tangney (Celtic Renewables), Stewart Stevenson (Scottish Government's Environment & Climate Change Minister), and Mark Simmers (Celtic Renewables)

Supply Design Ltd, based in Dunfermline, was awarded £30,000 for its high efficiency power conversion technology aimed at diverse markets including renewable energy, data centres and electric vehicles.

Shell Springboard is a Shell-funded UK Social Investment programme, which provides a financial boost to small and medium enterprises with innovative, low-carbon business ideas.   This builds on Shell’s overall commitment to help the UK meet its future energy needs responsibly.

Alan Henderson from GSS said: “This prestigious Shell Springboard award will help us launch into commercialising on a global basis.  We are the only company in the world who has this technology so we know our sensor is truly unique.  It provides a new solution for the global building control market and uses battery and energy harvesting techniques for wireless platforms monitoring CO2 for ventilation control and can save a minimum of 15-20% of energy costs.”

Mark Simmers, CEO at Celtic Renewables said: “This is a fantastic endorsement of our business and will allow us to analyse, in real detail, the best opportunities to deploy our technology in Scotland.  A major benefit to our technology is that it is able to respond directly to rural communities’ needs by delivering real economic impact by providing sustainable biofuels and long term employment.”

Craig Britton from Supply Design said: “This award is really significant for the business.  Not only is it a strong endorsement of what we are doing but it also allows us to employ another engineer to effectively double our business development capacity.  We can now build and test our product to target the high energy using markets that we believe will benefit most from our technology.”

The Scottish Government’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Stewart Stevenson said:  “The Shell Springboard awards greatly encourage SME’s to be creative and seize the market opportunities presented by a low-carbon economy.  I’m very impressed by the innovation shown through the low-carbon products and services entered for these awards; a wonderful showcase of technology and talent which I'm sure the judges had a difficult job choosing between.

“Scotland, of course, has a well-known heritage of innovation in new technologies and this tradition will be vital to making the transition to the low-carbon Scotland of the future.”

Angus Gillespie, Shell Vice President for CO2 Strategy: "Through Springboard, Shell aims to encourage others to innovate as well, helping to support the transition to a lower carbon economy and seizing this new market opportunity. It’s our belief that the innovative services and technologies that small businesses provide can make an important contribution to reducing the UK’s carbon emissions.  I congratulate Gas Sensing Solutions, Celtic Renewables and Supply Design on their success, and wish all of our finalists the very best for the future.”

Since its launch in 2005, Shell Springboard has judged over 1,000 entries and awarded approximately £2 million to 52 businesses across the UK. Overall, £330,000 will be awarded in 2012.  This will result in a total of £2.25 million awarded over seven years to UK-based SMEs.

This year, the programme received 130 entries, and 24 businesses have been shortlisted to present at three regional events across the UK.

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