UK battery waste entrepreneur wins global Shell innovation award

UK battery waste entrepreneur wins global Shell innovation award

A British entrepreneur working to create a circular economy around lithium batteries has won a global innovation competition organised by Shell.

Carlton Cummins, Co-Founder of Aceleron, a business dedicated to reclaiming and reusing perceived end-of-life lithium batteries, was awarded the top spot in the Top Ten Innovators competition run by Shell LiveWIRE, an enterprise development programme run by Shell across 15 countries worldwide, aiming to recognise young entrepreneurs aged 16 to 30 with innovative business ideas.

Aceleron takes lithium batteries, used in everyday electronics and, increasingly, in electronic cars, at the apparent end of their viable life and transforms them into low-cost, second-life battery packs for the storage of renewable energy. Once the original stored energy is used up, Aceleron repurposes the battery as storage for renewable energy which can be endlessly replaced, eliminating waste and the need for further resources to be invested in new products.