This Edinburgh start-up hopes to use gravity to harness energy storage

An Edinburgh start-up that has developed energy storage technology utilising gravity is heading to Holland to compete for a major European prize.

Thursday, 26th September 2019, 1:56 pm
Gravitricitys technology uses gravity to store large amounts of energy in purpose-built shafts. Picture: Contributed

Gravitricity’s technology uses gravity to store large amounts of energy in purpose-built shafts.

The idea has caught the eye of the New Energy Challenge – an international start-up competition funded by oil major Shell and others – which aims to find energy technologies of the future.

The capital firm is to pitch its concept in front of a panel of judges in a bid to win the €100,000 (£89,000) prize.

Managing director Charlie Blair said: “We are up against six other firms and we expect the competition will be intense.

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“There were over 300 entries initially and now we are in the final straight. This weekend we’ll begin with a few days of coaching and workshops in Delft before we showcase our project to a jury of experts in Amsterdam.

“We will know by the end of next week if we have won,” he added.