H2AD awarded Shell innovation fund

March 12, 2014 8:06 am

Martin Rigley, Lindhurst Engineering

A Nottinghamshire firm has been awarded £30,000 by Shell to help develop a low carbon business idea.  H2AD, part of the Lindhurst Innovation Engineers group based in Sutton-in-Ashfield, was named regional runner up at the Springboard awards, seeing off competition from more than 100 other businesses across the UK.

The start-up impressed the judges with its technology – a new way of treating organic waste to extract high energy biogas.  The Shell Springboard programme is a nationwide search for the next breakthrough in low carbon enterprise.  Since 2005, Shell has awarded £2.58 million to 71 companies exploring new ways to cut carbon emissions.

Angus Gillespie, vice president of CO2 at Shell, said: “Shell Springboard is a celebration of the small companies that are seizing the twin opportunities of the low carbon sector – addressing the future of energy challenge and contributing to the economic competitiveness of the UK.  H2AD embodies this idea with its innovative technology.”

Small businesses account for 90 per cent of the UK’s £120 billion low carbon sector, which is forecast to be worth £4 trillion globally by 2015.  Pictured is Martin Rigley, Managing Director at Lindhurst, a keen advocate for innovation and a key member of the Invest Ashfield & Mansfield  AMbassadors’ programme, helping to celebrate business success and promoting the area.

Ashfield & Mansfield businesses looking to become more innovative can apply for an innovation grant, which is a maximum of £5K awarded on a 50/50 match funded basis.  To find out more view our online brochure or contact us.

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