Seeking Customizable Solutions for Transferring LPG Cylinders between Cages

  • SHV Energy
  • From Netherlands
  • Responsive
  • Project Size Range : Strategic project backed by large scale funding €
  • Deadline completed
    The submission process for new proposals is closed. Proposals submitted before the deadline will follow the standard evaluation process.

Desired outcome

Health and safety are considered our highest priority at SHV Energy and our vision is to have zero incidents in our entire value chain. Employee manual handling of cylinders is currently a key focus area, and we are exploring technological solutions that enable safe transfer of cylinders between cages.

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Details of the Innovation Need

The transferring of cylinders between cages does carry a Health & Safety risk to our employees as there is potential to develop musculoskeletal injuries.

The following video shows how cylinders move between cages and the type of manual handling that takes place.

Selected solutions will have a pilot phase and will be subject to human factors engineering assessment.

We will evaluate all forms of solutions within the Hierarchy of Controls which range from the Eliminationlevel, removing the potential hazards completely, to solutions that help protect our employees from performing this task through Engineering Controls. (see below diagram below).

Figure 1: Hierarchy of Controls

It is important that your proposed solution has a priority of reducing the manual handling risk to our employees. We will consider solutions if there are benefits to the business e.g., such as speeding up the transfer of cylinders between cages, however it must not come at the cost of risking the health of our employees.


  • Our business units (BUs) often have different sized cages and cylinders so your solution must allow for this variation;
  • Cages are often stacked over each other and therefore the solution must allow for side access.

Examples of cages shown below:

  • As the different cylinder sizes have different weights, the solution should be able to carry a payload of up to 50Kgs.
  • The solution may be subject to ATEX Standard or be able to go through the ATEX Approval Process. For a Proof-of-Concept stage, we suggest construction of a simulated environment;
  • All activities related to this challenge are being conducted outdoors therefore please consider all the different outdoor weather conditions e.g., rain and ice;
  • Please note the solution cannot be mounted to a ceiling however we will consider options using a supporting frame.

Potential Collaborators/Partners

We are open to consider different kinds of partners, however, we expect most interest from:

  • Technology suppliers with the ability to customise solutions to meet our needs;
  • Firms that can combine several technologies into a solution (i.e., engineering or design organisations).


  • Access to the SHV Energy expertise and facilities
  • Local support for initial testing with SHV Energy business units
  • Global follow-up testing, from the SHV Energy wider business.
  • Support costs for a Proof of Concept
  • Possibility of being able to enter a Supply Agreement with SHV Energy

Discarted solutions

  • Exoskeleton
  • Personal Protective Equipment

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  • Transport and storage of gas and liquid fuels
  • Safety & systems
  • Protecting Man and Environment
  • Safety
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  • Medical Health related
  • Energy Market
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  • Industrial Equipment and Machinery
  • Other industrial equipment and machinery
  • Other
  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • human factors engineering
  • manual handling

About SHV Energy

SHV Energy is a leading global distributor of off-grid energy such as LPG and LNG and is active in the area of biofuels and renewable energy solutions. Our products and services are predominantly used for heating, cooking and transport. SHV Energy provides these decentralised, low-carbon and clean energy solutions to 30 million business and residential customers whose needs are not met by a supply grid.
SHV Energy consists of a group of specialised energy companies in over 24 countries across four continents and employs over 16,000 employees. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of SHV, a family-owned multinational. Our brands include Calor, Ipragaz, Liquigas, Pinnacle, Primagaz, Xiwei, Supergas and Supergasbras

We live in a fast-changing world. Trends emerge and rapidly influence the people around us. To anticipate future needs and drive the energy transition, we identify and meet customer and business challenges with innovative solutions. The way we work constantly evolves and a key change is incorporating innovation as a core capability within SHV Energy.
With a systematic approach to identify challenges, researching, and testing new solutions, we aim to improve our processes and deliver an enhanced, seamless customer experience. We support this by optimising internal and external collaborations, building partnerships with organisations and external ecosystems.
New solutions that show potential are tested and implemented in our businesses. Innovation helps us to grow our customer base, make our operation more efficient, reduces carbon emission, and improves safety. These innovation efforts benefit our customers through product and service improvements and make our operation more efficient. By increasingly incorporating innovations as a capability within the group, we continue to evolve our way of working, focusing on customer centricity and a mentality of building, testing and learning fast. This forms a crucial part of our culture on the energy transition journey of Advancing Energy Together.
This journey involves all our key stakeholders, not just our employees and customers. We believe it is in the interest of the entire industry, and wider society, that we bring other businesses with us in partnership and with collaboration.

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