CO2 scrubbing firm, C-Capture cleans up at Shell awards

C-Capture has received a total of £150,000 as the Shell Springboard National Winner for its innovation which removes or ‘scrubs’ CO2 from different industrial gas streams.

A spin out company from the University of Leeds, C-Capture was chosen by an independent panel of judges, comprising of some of the leading experts in the low-carbon and enterprise sectors.

C-Capture’s clean energy technology captures carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from different industrial gas streams, from large scale point sources such as power stations to smaller scale applications such as biogas upgrading.

It saw off competition from a shortlist of six finalists and a total of 140 other entries from across the country.

Professor Chris Rayner of C-Capture commented: “Winning Shell Springboard is a fantastic achievement and comes at a critical time for our business as we look to bring C-Capture technology to market.”

Shell Springboard has awarded more than £3.6m-worth of direct funding to almost 100 low-carbon entrepreneurs since 2005, resulting in over 250 new jobs and an annual combined turnover of £60m.

Shell Springboard is one of two Enterprise Development programmes run by Shell to support and inspire UK entrepreneurs to innovate for a lower-carbon future.

While Shell Springboard helps SMEs with commercially-proven business models that reduce carbon emissions to take their businesses to the next level; Shell LiveWIRE supports young entrepreneurs aged 16-30 looking to translate their ideas into thriving start-up business.

The awards event brought together the national finalists from both Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard programmes.

Tom Robinson from Adaptavate was named the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner and received an award of £25,000 for Breathaboard – a bio-based building product made of 75% plant matter which locks carbon into the fabric of buildings, helping to mitigate CO2-driven climate change.

Shell UK Chairman, Erik Bonino said: “C-Capture, and Tom Robinson from Adaptavate are inspiring examples of how combining bright ideas with an entrepreneurial approach can help us meet the UK’s low carbon challenge, without compromising our economic prosperity.

“I hope that the financial awards, marketing support and access to some of the key players in the low-carbon and investment communities they will have access to through Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard will go a long way in helping our winners – and other UK innovators – to start-up and scale-up their businesses.”