Winners of £40,000 low-carbon Shell Springboard award announced in Cambridge



Finian Parrick from Zero Carbon Future, Michael Murray of NVP Energy and Tony Dye of Epicam were each named regional winners at the Shell Springboard event in Cambridge last night (Tuesday), seeing off competition from 140 other businesses across the UK. They each scoop £40,000 funding and proceed to the Shell Springboard 2016 national final, taking place in London next month.


The companies will now go head-to-head with other regional winners from last week’s Edinburgh regional final at the national Shell Springboard 2016 final on 23 March. The overall national winner will secure a further £110,000, taking the total amount awarded to £150,000. 

Shell Springboard aims to find and support the next breakthrough low-carbon enterprises in the UK. It’s part of Shell’s strategy to support the transition to a lower carbon-higher energy system, while helping to create jobs and growth among UK small businesses. Since 2005, the Shell Springboard programme has awarded £3.15 million to 98 low-carbon entrepreneurs, who have gone-on to create over 250 new jobs and have an annual combined turnover of £60 million.

Finian Parrick from Zero Carbon Future, the creator of Minibems, a unique, independent, heating control and monitoring system for all elements of a heat network producing 35% cost and emissions savings, said: “After three years of intense product development, ZERO is very proud to have achieved this award. It means a huge amount to us to have our Minibems heating control and monitoring system recognised in this way.  The £40,000 Springboard grant will enable us to launch Minibems to the UK market later this year.”

Michael Murray of NVP Energy, a clean-tech company whose technology turns wastewater into a revenue generator, said: “This is a game-changing amount that will enable us to put critically needed resources on a prospect and sales pipeline development to capitalise on our full-scale NVP Energy reactor, co-founded by DECC. We are excited to have such a prestigious, independent endorsement at such a critical stage of our commercialisation journey.”

Tony Dye of Epicam, an advanced engine development company focused on bringing to market an engine providing post-carbon clean power based in Cambridge, said: “It’s fantastic to have been given the seal of approval from Shell Springboard. It is great to know that the judges recognise and appreciate the potential impact that Epicam can have.”

Erik Bonino, Chairman of Shell UK, said:“We’re proud that Shell Springboard supports businesses like of Zero Carbon Future, NVP Energy and Epicam who are truly at the leading-edge of the low-carbon economy. The big ideas coming out of these small companies are not only helping to create a lower carbon, higher energy future – they are creating a new wave of jobs and economic growth in the UK. These companies embody the purpose of Shell Springboard with its exciting technology, and I wish them the very best of luck in the national final.”

Image: (L-R) John MacArthur, Vice-President of Gas Technologies at Shell; Tony Dye, Epicam; Finian Parrick, Zero Carbon Future; Michael Murray, NVP Energy; Hugh Parnell, Chairman of Cambridge Cleantech; and Kelsey Lynn Skinner, Imperial Innovations.


The Cambridge finalists were:

-      Seawater Greenhouse Ltd, a technology that uses sunlight and seawater to grow crops in hot, arid regions, by imitating the water cycle.

-      Zero Carbon Future, who have created Minibems is a unique, independent, heating control and monitoring system for all elements of a heat network producing 35% cost and emissions savings.

-      Seatricity, who have developed The Oceanus 2 Wave Energy project: a full scale prototype wave energy device.

-      Epicam, their LAESAR (Liquid Air Energy Storage and Regeneration) technology offers a new means of liquid air energy storage and power regeneration for delivery to grids at times of peak loading and premium pricing.

-      NPV Energy, creating Low Temperature Anaerobic Digestion (LtAD) technology that can turn wastewater treatment from being an operational expense into a revenue generator.

-      Bodle Technologies, who have developed an active smart glazing technology that can achieve this inexpensively using simple sputtering techniques, potentially saving up to 20% in energy consumption of one building.

-      Exergy Devices, who have developed Hesita Power Management, a home switch box that turns heating and hot water off when electricity demand on our national grid is high, and turns it on when demand is low.

-      Entomos, have developed an innovative solution to transform food waste into sustainable 'fuels' for plants, animals and vehicles, by leveraging the power of insects specifically the Black Soldier Fly.


 The Shell Springboard Programme offers awards of up to £150,000 to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with innovative, commercially viable business ideas that help reduce carbon emissions.

 To date, over 250 new jobs have been created by the enterprises supported through the Shell Springboard programme, generating annual turnover of more than £60 million.

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