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Azotic Technologies scoops Rushlight Award

The overall 2015 Rushlight Award for innovators in clean technology was awarded to Azotic Technologies at a party in the Royal College of Surgeons,  on 29 January.

Azotic has developed a natural nitrogen boosting technology that provides a sustainable solution to reduce the use of fertilisers in agriculture. Its bacterium-based N-Fix technology, which does not involve any genetic modification, enables any plant to extract a substantial proportion of its nitrogen requirements from the air, something which only a small proportion of plants can do unassisted. N-Fix offers the potential for increased productivity with reduced fertilizer in the agricultural industry.

Winners in the various group categories included:

Marine Engineering Energy Solutions Ltd

Developer of a deep water offshore wind support structure, the Articulated Wind Column for water depths of between 80 to 200 metres, which will enable deep water sites close to shore to be economically viable.

Celtic Renewables Ltd

Commercialising the production of biobutanol as an advanced fuel to displace petrol from the residues of the malt whisky industry.

The Chopping Company

Developer of Chop-Cloc, a simple retrofit device that saves up to 30% on home heating bills by directing switching off periods of 15-45 minutes to take advantage of radiant heat from the building fabric and contents.

MBA Polymers

Developer of a technology which can separate plastic polymers, creating high quality raw materials in the form of plastic pellets which require 20% of the energy needed to manufacture virgin plastic.


Developer of a machine that can process 80 liquid crystal displays (LCDs) per hour and separate the liquid crystal glass and mercury from the panel, thereby enabling recyclers to process effectively LCDs under the WEEE Directive.

The Climate-KIC Prize

The Climate-KIC Prize of €20,000 (plus an invitation to join the Climate-KIC UK Accelerator Programme), for the leading pre-revenue commercial business, was awarded to Samad Power Ltd, for its Micro CHP technology, which has half the parts of others on the market and potentially is much more cost effective.



The 6th Rushlight Show takes place on Thursday 29 January 2015 at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London. The event, sponsored by the Isle of Man Dept of Economic Development and by DECC, incorporates the following:

  • An Exhibition of the latest innovations in cleantech, including a number of entrants of the Rushlight Awards.

  • The Funding Cleantech Conference, which covers all aspects of funding both companies and projects and includes the opportunity for delegates to present their funding requests to expert panels of active cleantech investors and project financiers.

  • The Resource Reuse Conference, in association with LCRN, which this year will focus on the development of reuse and activities in that area, with direct input from local authorities, waste operators, government departments, community schemes and investors.

  • The Sustainable Solutions Market Panel, where cleantech companies can present their products and services directly to a panel of leading sustainability and procurement representatives from corporate UK who are seeking to further their supply chain sustainability and resilience, including Nestle, Tesco, The Commercial Group and BAA Heathrow.

  • Isle of Man breakfast seminar on offshore renewables and eco-island opportunities, giving an update on the process to engage with the first round offshore wind and marine energy winners, providing the very latest position on the next rounds, and setting out the process fors the conversion of the island to an eco-island and the business opportunities that will provide.

Speakers include: 

Julie Hill, Green Alliance and Chair of WRAP
Ian Ellerington, Head of Innovation Delivery, DECC
Inder Poonaji, Head of Sustainability, Nestle
David Ferroussat, Head of Infrastructure Procurement, BAA Heathrow
Wayne Hubbard, COO, London Waste and Recycling Board
Mike Pitts, Lead Specialist Sustainability, Innovate UK
Paul Capell, Director EIDC and Non-Exec Chair Aquamarine Power and Green Highland Renewables
Amit Rama, VP Transaction Team, Green Investment Bank
James Pitcher, Head of Energy & Environment, Tesco
Peter Scholes, LRS Consultancy and former Managing Director, Urban Mines

Other organisations involved in the programme include the Carbon Trust, PNO Consultants, Powervault, PERA, FCC Environment, Viridor, Greencoat Capital, Sustainable Technology Investors, Turquoise Corporate Finance, First Mile Recycling, CIWM, GM Ventures, The Restart Project, LCRN and London Reuse Network.


Ashden Awards 2015 - longlist selected

13 January 2014

The 2015 Ashden Awards longlist has been selected. The list includes 52 green energy organisations and programmes from 16 countries. Organisations in the running include:

UK Ashden Awards longlist

Beat the Cold, Cherwell District Council/BioRegional, Climate Energy Homes, Demand Logic, Ellergreen Hydro, Enistic, The Green Valleys/TGV Hydro, London Borough of Islington, Low Carbon Hub, Manchester Art Gallery, Max Fordham, Moixa Technology, Open Energi, Severn Wye Energy Agency, Q-Bot.

According to the organisers, the search this year was for solutions to energy storage and demand management, organisations demonstrating achievement in tackling fuel poverty and generating local, renewable energy.

Eurostar Ashden Awards for Sustainable Travel longlist

BikeRight!, Les Bôites a Vélo, Loco2, Province of West Flanders, Mountain Wilderness, Reading Buses, Tapazz, University of Exeter, Visit Isle of Wight, Yomp.

International Ashden Awards longlist

Longlisted applicants for the International Ashden Awards, from Central America, Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, are using sustainable energy to improve health, raise incomes, improve the lives of women and girls and provide attractive, low-carbon living and working spaces. They include:

Access Energy, Bright Green Energy Foundation, BURN Manufacturing, BBOXX, Claro Energy, Greenlight Planet, Enertiva, Enzen Global Solutions, First Energy, Inspiration, Gham Power, Jibu, Karan Grover and Associates, Kenya National Farmers’ Federation, LEAD Consultancy and Engineering Services India, Mahindra Lifespaces, ONergy, Sarhad, Rural Support Programme, Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal (EcoCasa), Solarkiosk, Solar Sister, SUNBEST, SunTransfer, Vo Tring Nghia Co.

The shortlists for each Award category will be announced in March, with Awards to be presented at a ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 11 June. Winners will receive a financial award of between £10,000 and £40,000.


Global Cleantech Cluster Association 2014 Winners

The Global Cleantech Cluster Assocation (GCCA) has announced its 2014 Later Stage Award winners. 

Ten winners have been announced from 10,000 candidates. The judges were led by Peter Adriaens, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the University of Michigan. The full list of judges can be found here.

Grand Prize Winner and Best in Solar and Wind

altRayGen's Concentrated Solar Photovoltaics (CSPV) solar generation system combines the best elements of the two leading solar power technologies. CSPV power stations use mirrors to concentrate light onto a dense array of ultra-efficient photovoltaic cells, 1,500 times more powerful than standard ones. The system produces clean energy with twice the efficiency of standard photovoltaics and much lower costs.



Sustainable City Awards 2014-15

The City of London Sustainable City Awards 2014-15 are now accepting entries from organisations. There are twelve awards available spanning the economy, society and the environment; last year's award winners included Carbon Voyage, Zoological Society of London (double winner) and Abundance Energy.

This year two new categories have been added - Sustainable Places and Health & Wellbeing. The full list is below. Entries close on 14 November 2014 and judging takes place December 2014-end February 2015 with the awards cermony on 23 March 2015 at Mansion House. Entry is free and open across the UK and, in the case of The Farsight Award, worldwide. More information can be found on the website.

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