Renowned for identifying and championing ideas and initiatives that deliver sustainable energy in the UK and across frontier markets, the annual Ashden Awards have today been announced with a roster of outstanding winners for 2018.
As well as delivering a diverse and disruptive range of solutions and services, the ten 2018 winners are also providing benefits to societies most at risk from the impact of climate change. They range from a solar electrification programme in India that is transforming health centres, through to architecture in Africa that delivers in response to the social and environmental needs of local communities, and hydro-generated electricity being matched with local usage at a beneficial price in Wales.
The winners will be presented with their awards at a prestigious ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Thursday 14th June. They join more than 200 enterprises that have been merited by the Ashden Awards since it was founded in 2001. Each winner will receive tailored support to help scale up their work and a prize of between £10,000 and £20,000.
The UK winners in 2018 are as follows:
- Chargemaster, a developer of electric vehicle (EV) charging systems, has won the UK Clean Air Award. It has created the UK’s largest network of high-quality charging points helping to encourage the uptake of EVs and operates the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre in Milton Keynes.
- Energy Local has introduced a game-changing solution that enables members of an Energy Local Club in Bethesda, Wales, to use local hydro-generated electricity at a mutually beneficial price. It has won the UK Energy Market Disruptors Award.
- Q-Bot, is the winner of the UK Sustainable Buildings Award following the development of a robot which applies a layer of insulation beneath suspended floors without causing major disruption. The benefits of low-cost installation and insulation that reduces draughts and heat loss dramatically, resonates particularly with Registered Social Landlords.
- Upside Energy uses its cloud-based Virtual Energy Store™ to aggregate flexible demand from systems such as domestic energy storage, heat pumps and EVs to reduce stress on the national grid. It has won the Impax Award for Energy Innovation.
The International winners in 2018 are as follows:
- Angaza is the winner of the Financial and Business Model Innovation Award for its solutions that allow clean energy products, from solar lanterns to solar home systems to be remotely controlled – including being switched on and off – so they can run on a pay-as-you-go basis.
- Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) is installing solar PV, inverter and battery storage systems across health centres in Chhattisgarh state in central India in an innovative partnership with the state health agency. In an area where there is no reliable power source, this is enabling stable refrigeration to keep vaccines fresh. CREDA has won the Sustainable Energy and Health Award.
- Ecozen Solutions, winner of the Powering Business Award, has developed solar-powered cold storage rooms that allow produce including fruit, vegetables and flowers to be stored at the point of harvest, giving farmers greater control over distribution.
- Lumos Global has developed a solar home system that allows households and businesses to pay for solar energy on a subscription basis through local mobile phone network stores. Their model enables them to supply efficient, sustainable energy to remote, hard to reach locations including the Niger Delta. Lumos has won the Energy Access Frontiers Award.
- MASS Design Group is a standard-bearer for architecture that delivers in response to the social and environmental needs of the local community. The company has won the International Sustainable Buildings Award for the work it has done designing unique, energy efficient buildings in Africa including schools and hospitals.
- Shuttl crowdsources digital demand for bus routes which it manages in Delhi, one of India’s most congested cities. Winner of the Sustainable Mobility Award, Shuttl provides clean, safe, air-conditioned buses that are dramatically reducing commuter car journeys and can be booked using a mobile phone app.
Ashden’s Founder Director, Sarah Butler-Sloss, said: “The winners of our Ashden Awards never fail to amaze and inspire our panel of judges, and the 2018 line-up is certainly no exception. The solutions, ideas and innovations that our winners have developed are already making a crucial difference in terms of creating access to energy, lowering carbon emissions, developing clean, sustainable solutions for cities and providing vital health and economic benefits. It is absolutely necessary for us to work together to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and every one of our 2018 winners is playing a key role in moving climate change action forward.”