15 Feb 2019 Shell Springboard 2019 – the Shortlist!

The application window for Shell Springboard 2019 closed at the end of October, with over 100 submissions pitching innovative business ideas that could support the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy. A huge array of different technology solutions were received covering areas such as renewable energy systems, sustainable agriculture, green buildings, electric vehicles, among many others.

During an intensive period of review, all applications were assessed against the Springboard judging criteria:
carbon saving potential: can this idea reduce carbon emissions?
commercial viability: can this idea be turned into a viable business?
innovation: are there novel elements to the idea, whether technical, commercial or otherwise?

The top 30% of applicants were invited to take part in a short telephone interview to answer a series of clarification questions. From this cohort, a total of 16 businesses have been selected for two semi-finals, taking place in Aberdeen in March and Manchester in April. Here, each team of entrepreneurs will pitch to a panel of esteemed experts in business, sustainability and innovation for a chance to win one of six £40,000 prizes. These 6 winners will progress to the National Final in London where one overall winner will be able to ‘top up’ their prize to £150,000.

This year’s cohort of finalists are all exciting prospects with the potential to drive the UK’s low carbon transition. The Shell Springboard team would like to congratulate all of our finalists, and we look forward to welcoming you in Aberdeen and Manchester later this year.

Shell Springboard 2019 Shortlist

Aberdeen, 14 March

Power Enable Solutions, Edinburgh: Dynamic optimisation of wind/hydro turbines
Vert Rotors UK Ltd, Lothian: Compressed air at the point of use
Farm Hand Ltd, East Lothian: Low cost farm- and weather-specific irrigation management
Innova Ltd., Northumberland: Solar thermal desalinator using a heat pipe as fresh water condenser
Blow Moulding Technologies, Belfast: Simulation software to optimise design of blown bottles made from bioplastics
Fernhay Partners Ltd, Newbury: End-to-end low carbon deliveries
Oxford Nanosystems, Oxford: Innovative coatings to improve two-phase heat transfer surfaces
MasterFilter, Norfolk: Reducing wind turbine downtime and costs with improved gearbox oil filtration

Manchester, 4 April

Aceleron, Birmingham; Advanced L-ion battery packs
Origen Power, West Midlands; Lime production using waste heat from natural gas-fed fuel cell
Anakata, Oxford; Wind turbine winglets inspired by motorsports
Eight19, Cambridge; Photon-splitting film for PV modules
BioCarbon Engineering, Oxford; Drones for rapid mapping, forest restoration planning and tree planting
Combustion Order, Essex; Closed-loop internal combustion engine
LettUs Grow, Bristol; Urban indoor aeroponics
Ripple Energy, Somerset; Direct sales of power from community-owned onshore windfarms

We would also like to extend our thanks to everyone who took the time to apply for this year’s competition. If you weren’t shortlisted this year, we hope you will consider reapplying in the Autumn of 2019. To be added to our mailing list, please send an email to mail@shellspringboard.org