Carlton Cummins won July’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Aceleron.
Aceleron is a technology company focused on providing low cost energy storage. To do this, Aceleron seeks to transform end of life lithium ion batteries from electric vehicles and consumer electronics, into affordable energy storage for a variety of applications. The increased uptake of low carbon vehicles in developed regions has created a waste management challenge associated with their batteries. Meanwhile the growth of renewable energy deployment worldwide and increasing popularity of light mobility products, such as electric bicycles, have increased the demand for low cost energy storage. Through reuse, Aceleron seeks to address both challenges, developing the process to identify lithium ion batteries viable for reuse, and the technology to transform them into safe, cost-effective energy storage.
Commiserations to Hannah McCollum (ChicP), Can Ozkutan (eSykel), James Okwudili (Vibro Ultra) and Rebecca Sloan (Piddle Patch) who were shortlisted but did not win this time and are encouraged to reapply.
Sam Etherington won a Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award in 2014, for his business Aqua Power Technologies, before going on to be shortlisted for the 2014 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, where he won the £5,000 Future Impact Award.
Shell last night awarded a total of £180,000 of equity free funding to Carlton Cummins from Aceleron and Upside Energy as the national winners of Shell Springboard and Shell LiveWIRE. With a total of £440,000 in funding available in 2017, the programmes are designed to recognise and reward the most innovative UK low-carbon businesses and the most inspirational young sustainability entrepreneurs.