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01/03/17  Cambridge innovators, Epicam, reaches finals of Cummins national search for sustainable Innovations

Local innovator with a brilliant solution for saving carbon emissions is a finalist of the Cummins Environmental Gateway.

A zero carbon EpiQair engine powered genset with air battery energy storage.

Cummins, the largest independent maker of diesel engines and related products in the world, called on innovators of all sizes to come forward with sustainable innovations to help Cummins achieve their Environmental targets in the UK. The Cummins Environmental Gateway, launched in partnership with Marcela Navarro, CEO of Business Cubed (formerly responsible for the successful launch and deployment of the RBS Innovation Gateway), is looking for green and innovative suppliers to positively impact Cummins 2020 Environmental targets whilst promoting supplier inclusion. The project team, led by Denis Ford, Corporate Indirect Purchasing Leader EMEA, NE/SE Asia & South Pacific at Cummins, is delighted with the quality of the finalists.

“We have been very impressed with the quality of the innovations received and even more with the potential for environmental impact and savings. Epicam should be very proud to be a finalist in the Cummins Environmental Gateway”. Epicam Ltd. is a Cambridge based small business with novel patent protected rotary devices, whose unique displacement action provides compression or expansion in compressible fluids without internal friction. Having proved the technology in a novel rotary IC engine, Epicam has now applied it to cryogenic air cycle systems for zero carbon power and energy storage applications.

Epicam inventor Tony Dye explains that “our railways were run for over a century on the liquid to steam phase change in water, so it should not be surprising to found a new era of power delivery on the same change of state in air occurring at about -200 C. The advantage with air is it needs no combustion. Atmospheric heat is adequate for the job. It needs only an engine without internal friction and high speed capability. The EpiQair engine does that and is set to introduce a new era of zero carbon energy storage and universal power delivery”.

Tony Dye

Tony Dye, founder of Epicam with an EpiQuair prototype

Tony emphasised: “Epicam is delighted to have reached the Cummins Environmental Gateway finalist stage. We are proud that the potential of the EpiQair engine has been recognised by the leading global diesel engine manufacturer. We believe that this will boost the entry of our technology into the global renewable energy industry by eliminating intermittency and introducing low cost zero carbon power for the transport sector.”

Epicam was one of over 100 companies from across the globe that submitted an innovation to the Cummins Environmental Gateway when Cummins UK launched the programme back in August 2016. Their idea will be presented on March 2, to a high calibre panel formed by, among others:

  • Antonio Leitao (Vice President, Europe ABO)
  • Richard Keane (Global Operations FE Director)
  • Mark Dhennin (Director Energy & Environment)
  • Denis Ford (International Sourcing Leader, EMEA, NE/SE Asia & South Pacific)
  • Professor Steve Evans (Director of Research and Industrial Sustainability, Cambridge University)
  • Geoff Burnand (CEO, Investing For Good)

who will decide which innovations will have the opportunity to be implemented, and if successful, scaled up, on Cummins sites in the UK. Tony Dye notes that  “Projects like the Cummins Environmental Gateway provide a great opportunity for innovations to gain recognition and credibility on a national and international scale, accelerating our opportunities to access markets and license the transfer of our technology on a global basis” This project with Cummins would help Epicam to establish a proper basis for the full development of our technology, including establishment of the appropriate manufacturing technology that will be required and training in new manufacturing techniques. It could help to open up new opportunities for UK manufacturing with prospects for entry into global export markets.

Finalists like Epicam, if successful, will have the opportunity to test their innovations in Cummins sites in the UK.

Epicam are based at the Allia Future Business Centre, Cambridge. More than an office, the Future Business Centre  is a space for people who want to make a positive impact on people, planet or place, through enterprise and innovation, click to learn more.  


Contact – and / or Marcela Navarro, CEO Business Cubed For further information please contact: Tony Dye at Epicam Ltd.



Cummins launched a new programme in August 2016, that connects with the supply chain to help improve the company’s environmental impact and reduce its carbon footprint.  Called the Environmental Gateway, it aims to discover innovative submissions from suppliers to Cummins’ UK facilities, whose goods and services can assist the company in achieving and surpassing environmental targets. The project’s stated aims are to increase diverse supplier inclusion, increase innovation within the environmental supply chain and reduce costs. The project team represented by all UK locations came together and identified eight key areas where we felt that innovation would assist us in meeting the aims of the project. On top of these eight areas, we are also seeking innovations from a ninth area. This covers any other goods and services that will assist Cummins with our environmental targets. All areas that Cummins is seeking innovative submissions are detailed within the table below;

 Environmental targets

Cummins has set a range of environmental targets that the business has committed to achieving by 2020. Cummins has made significant progress on the targets to date but is seeking innovations from suppliers to continue to support Cummins in achieving its environmental targets. The goals set by Cummins are detailed below;

In the latest Sustainability Progress Report, Cummins launched an additional environmental target. The aim of which is to reduce the energy intensity on site and increase the portion of energy derived from renewable sources.

 About Cummins

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business segments that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins currently employs approximately 55,400 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,400 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.39 billion on sales of $17.5 billion in 2016. Press releases can be found on the Web at Follow Cummins on Twitter at and on YouTube at

About the environmental gateway

This programme has been developed with the assistance of Marcela Navarro from Business Cubed. Marcela successfully implemented the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Innovation Gateway, which in its first year saved 40,000 tonnes of CO2 and 200 million litres of water, which equated to £7.5 million when rolled out across the banks UK estate. "What was designed and deployed at RBS worked brilliantly for the business," Marcela says. "We recognised the need to create both business and community value. Their process was so successful that the model, was then taken up to multi-sector level. I am delighted to work with Cummins to de-risk the adoption of sustainable innovations in their supply chain”. 

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