(2018 Ashden Award winner)

Q-Bot uses robots to apply underfloor insulation, an efficient and quick way of driving down carbon emissions and energy bills. In June 2019 the company secured £3m of investment, its latest success in a period  of strong growth.

How did Ashden help? We arranged for Q-Bot to be showcased at the global IEA Energy Efficiency Conference in Paris, in front of senior government delegations from around the world. The company has also taken part in Ashden masterclasses and received one-to-one support on improving their customer experience. And an Ashden connection saw them profiled by the Energy Savings Trust, a leading source of information for people wanting to retrofit their homes.

CEO Mathew Holloway says: “Ashden has helped us take our business to the next level. We knew we had a game-changing product delivering huge benefits – but the extra support has allowed us to convince new markets and grow the business.”  

SteamaCo pick up their award


(2015 Ashden Award Winner)

SteamaCo offers the world’s most data efficient energy management system. The company has just completed its most successful year to date, scaling its service to ten countries by the end of 2018. Today it has sold 34,000 smart meters in ten countries in Africa and Asia, directly serving 150,000 people.

Harrison Leaf, CEO, said: “Throughout the last year, we have increased our customer reach and are now operating in Asia for the first time. We have designed and implemented several world-first features for customers operating in challenging environments ranging from urban street markets in Nigeria to rural villages in Myanmar.

“Helped by the mark of integrity an Ashden Award brings, and connections made through the Ashden network, we have continued fulfilling our mission to connect the unconnected. We are excited to see what the rest of 2019 will bring.”

The Low Carbon Hub

(2016 Ashden Award Winner)

The Low Carbon Hub develops community-owned renewable energy projects in Oxfordshire and uses the profits to catalyse further carbon cutting action. This year’s highlights include the launch of Local Energy Oxfordshire; the £40m project will see them work with energy companies, universities and councils, to trial ways of re-engineering the technology and markets driving Britain’s energy system. The Low Carbon Hub has also developed its first retrofit service – helping make the county’s homes more energy efficient.

As a small organisation with few resources, the trust is particularly pleased with Ashden’s free masterclass events – which it has used to boost its communications, customer service and more. Social Impact Director Saskya Huggins says: “The workshops are always practical and really high quality. We can take back the learning and use it the next day. The networking aspect is great too – partly for exploring collaborations, but also for meeting people striving for the same things as us.”