After hundreds of applications from Europe and Israel, ten finalists working to accelerate the clean energy transition were selected in September to pitch their innovative energy solutions to the New Energy Challenge jury of experts on 28 October 2021. The companies that will continue to work with the experts are:
|Start-up track||Scale-up track|
|Winner||Geyser Batteries (Finland) offers high-power heavy-duty energy storage solutions based on novel proprietary water-based electrolyte and unique engineering and manufacturing.||Everimpact (United Kingdom) helps cities and industries measure, reduce, and monetize their greenhouse gas emissions, using IoT software that combines satellite, ground sensors and AI data to determine their CO2footprint.|
|Runner-up||Supercritical (United Kingdom) is developing the world’s first ultra-efficient high-pressure electrolyzer to produce hydrogen and oxygen from water, without emissions. This is done by using heat and pressure.||FlexiDAO (Spain/The Netherlands) is a cleantech start-up that provides software solutions and advisory to help companies reach their zero carbon energy goals.|
“It’s clear that the finalists came highly prepared – the pitches were of extremely high quality. The innovations are relevant for both the New Energy Challenge and for Shell and it’s actually a pity that we can’t have ten winners,” says Joep Huijsmans, General Manager Power of Shell Global Solutions International.
“This year we have again been deeply impressed by the talent and innovation that the finalists have demonstrated. Every one of them is working on promising solutions for the energy transition. So much so that we have decided to potentially develop a pilot with two scale-up companies” says Geert van de Wouw, Managing Director of Shell Ventures.
Run-up to the final
In the two weeks before decision day, the finalists received various online training courses and workshops to improve their proposition. These interactive sessions prepared the top ten for their final pitch to the jury, which took place just before the live broadcast of the finals event on October 28th, during which the winners were unveiled. Although there was a live audience present at this year’s finals event, all the finalists participated digitally, as the virtual format of the event had proven to be a huge success in 2020. This year, the broadcast also introduced the ‘Viewer’s Favourite’ award, won by Supercritical.
About the New Energy Challenge
The New Energy Challenge has been organised for six years in a row by Get in the Ring, Rockstart, Shell and Yes!Delft. The goal of the challenge is to bring together the best European and Israeli start-ups and scale-ups working on game-changing energy solutions to enable the acceleration of the energy transition. In line with the recent opening of the Energy Transition Campus in Amsterdam, the New Energy Challenge aims to promote knowledge-sharing and innovation.