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The Ashden Awards 2015 - Winners

12 June 2015

The winners of the 2015 Ashden Awards have been announced.



The UK Awards winners are:

MAX FORDHAM (Gold Winner)




The International Awards winners are:

STEAMACO (KENYA) (Gold Winner)






The Travel Awards winners are: 




The Ashden Awards 2015

4 June 2015

Finalists for the 2015 Ashden Awards have been revealed ahead of Ashdon Awards Week, which takes place next week.


The week of events includes the Ashden Awards Ceremony, where the award winners will be announced, on 11 June. The Ashden Awards, which recognise excellence in green energy, are open to the public for the first time this year.

Also during Ashdon Awards Week are an International Conference entitled The Business of Energy: Enterprising solutions to the energy access challenge, which takes place on 9th June.

The Asdhen UK Seminar, focusing on Power Struggles: Overcoming the barriers to sustainable energy, is scheduled for 11 June. 

There are seven finalists for the UK Awards this year:


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.

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