Global Meetup 21 – Day 1: Fueling the future

Get to know the top 24 startups in the industries of Energy Chemicals & Materials and Food & Agri. Who is your favourite? Cast your vote now and help your favourite win the exposure they deserve during the Global Final Battle!
Voting closes on 2 March.

Additive Flow

Materials

Description:

We create intuitive physics-driven Generative software for multi-material additive manufacturing • Additive Flow’s design tools allow R&D and product development teams to unlock their true potential. • Our design software handle multiple design objectives such as performance, sustainability and cost, and match these to multiple material combinations and geometries in one seamless workflow. • Our software can handle manufacturing capabilities of single or multiple materials, with custom parameters, and run real-time automated simulations and optimisations to provide rapid recommendations and trade-offs in a generative design process. • This holistic workflow enables a broader exploration of design options in a fraction of the time, reducing the need for iterative steps: accelerating product development for better more sustainable products.

 

The problem
Making product and manufacturing decisions simple with powerful software. Clarifying the complexity of physics, materials, engineering and business requirements – while balancing sustainability. Cutting product and manufacturing costs and improve performance

 

The solution
Optimisation software that takes in physical design domain (3D Model of part) and optimises material and performance relationships. We have globally recognised award winning features that are beyond current state of art – to address the multi-scale data sets affecting designs and manufacturing decision making — Paired with a beautifully streamlined UI that allows easy repeatable workflows to be delivered and reused.

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AquaBattery

Energy storage

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AquaBattery is a cleantech company developing sustainable energy storage technologies. The flagship product, the Blue Battery, is a first of its kind to store electrical energy purely in seawater. Alongside, we have developed another system, the TerraBattery, which is an nickel-iron based turnkey energy storage system which is robust, long lasting and completely recyclable.

 

The problem
Mismatch between supply of renewable electricity and demand thereof (i.e. consumption of electricity)

 

The solution
Developing a novel sustainable type of energy storage by using purely water and table salt for storing the energy. To do so, we make use of membrane technology, which has various other applications as well (e.g. drinking water production, food purification, acid/base production), and hence other applications benefit from this in the long run too.

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Bioextrax

Agriculture

Description:

Bacteria based platform technology for production of environmentally friendly materials, including protein and bioplastics

 

The problem
Several: 1. CO2 emissions related to plastic production and usage, 2. plastic pollution of land and sea, 3. lack of access to high quality and sustainable protein.

 

The solution
We have patented processes through which we can convert various organic waste/by products (such as molasses, used cooking oil, etc) into the biobased and biodegradable plastic PHA. We also get a co-product from the PHA production process in the form of hydrolyzed single cell protein which can be used as food or feed. Through another process, we convert poultry feather into hydrolyzed protein which can be used as animal feed.

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BIOTREM

Bio technology
Consumer Products, bio-based materials, plastic

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Biotrem fights the plastic pollution and opens new business opportunities by developing an innovative production process of bio-based single-use tableware and packaging. Biotrem is a Polish technology company, focusing on the development and implementation of innovative technological solutions and materials for mass production, enabling the manufacturing of single-use products based on commonly available organic raw materials from sustainable sources. Products based on the innovative Biotrem technology are a viable and environmentally friendly alternative to single-use products, among others for tableware and food containers, manufactured from petroleum-derived raw materials, cellulose pulp or chemically treated materials. Biotrem’s mission is to provide innovative, pro-ecological and economically balanced industrial solutions – possible to be used on a global scale – supporting responsible management of natural resources and minimizing negative environmental effects.

 

The problem
As a global population, we produce approximately 3,5 million tons of waste every day. A significant portion of this waste is disposable plastic packaging. Only approx. 3-5 percent of disposable tableware and take-away food packaging is recycled. The rest is burnt or landfilled at best, but in the worst-case scenario, it pollutes soil and water, seriously endangering the environment and life on Earth. In 2015 over 161 million tons of disposable plastic packaging, take-out containers, and plates, cutlery, cups was produced. Their average degradation time is over 500 years. Products manufactured through the Biotrem technology are an important and effective response to the problem of plastic waste threatening the natural environment. The project also creates new, potentially lucrative and ethical investment opportunities and opens up new chances for the global agricultural and food industry.

 

The solution
Biotrem is a Polish company – est. in 2012 by Małgorzata Then, CEO and Jerzy Wysocki, CTO and inventor of the Biotrem technology – developing an innovative and patent-protected manufacturing process of single-use products from sustainable organic raw materials – leftovers and by-products of the agri-food industry. Products manufactured through the Biotrem technology are a viable and environmentally friendly alternative to single-use products – i.e. tableware and food packaging – manufactured from oil-derived materials, cellulose pulp or processed fibres. Biotrem’s main product line is fully biodegradable disposable wheat bran tableware. 1 ton of bran can be transformed into over 10,000 plates, bowls or cups.

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Cellugy

Chemical, Clean Technology, Nanotechnology

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Cellugy is on its mission to replace fossil-based, single use plastics with biocellulose using 100% renewable resources (eg. plant waste and sucrose)

 

The problem
Currently, only 14% of global plastics produced are recycled. This low recycling rate is exacerbated by the fact that some packaging applications are impossible to recycle. For example, multi-material packaging which combines plastic with paperboard and metal to offer enhanced performance versus mono-material alternatives. This results in functional benefits such as enhanced barriers against oxygen and moisture, but makes these packaging unrecyclable due to the difficulty to separate the single components. Therefore, there is a need for biomaterial barrier coatings that can be used to design sustainable mono-material packaging solutions which at the end-of-life are easily recyclable in the existing waste stream.

 

The solution
EcoFLEXY is particularly suitable for packaging since it can be customized in terms of mechanical strength and barrier properties. By adjusting the barrier level and exploiting its resistance to heat equivalent to aluminum, EcoFLEXY solves the holy grail of the packaging world: traditional multi-layer packaging is substituted with EcoFLEXY-coated paperboard, functionally a mono-material. EcoFLEXY is the safest material available to date, fully biodegradable and recyclable. By using sugar surplus as feedstock, we not only help to dispose of millions of tons of waste produced by the sugar industry, but also obtain a significant reduction in the end-product cost. In fact, our cost is levelled to common bioplastics, making it convenient for the pressured packaging industry to switch to EcoFLEXY!

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DigiFarmz Smart Agriculture

Agri tech

Description:

Smart agronomic recommendations in plant health for higher yield and profitability with less environmental impact

 

The problem
Currently, up to 75% of potential yield is lost due to decision errors in plant health and plant nutrition management. Farmers and consultants are unable to make the right decisions regarding which agrochemicals to use, which mixtures, doses, when to perform each application, how many applications are needed, etc. And it all depends a lot on where they are, the genetics they’re using, the date they’re sowing, among other factors. The variables are immense, causing erroneous decisions that consequently generate reduction in yield, and profitability, with excessive use of chemicals.

 

The solution
DigiFarmz helps agronomists and farmers to manage plant health in soybean by providing parameters for better decision making. Guidance as to what to use (fungicides, mixtures, etc.), when (ideal date of each spray), how much (number of sprays), and anti-resistance management. The constantly expanding database (crowdsourcing + field research) also enables the optimization of resources and investments in farming, contributing to the reduction of the impact on the environment. We are expanding predictive mathematical models beyond soybeans to include corn, cotton, and wheat, as well as herbicides and insecticides.

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Daika Wood

Building Materials

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Daika has developed a new material which is 100% natural. The material is composed from natural materials (no plastics or petroleum-based materials) and wood waste particles. We have an initial POC in industrial manufacturing processes. The resulting products retain the unique properties of wood such as warmth, sense and acoustics and can be processed as regular wood. We have targeted consumer products and packaging as the first markets we are starting with.

 

The problem
Currently, the vast majority of wood waste is not used in a real circular economy. Daika’s materials enable real circular economy of wood waste. We are taking wood waste which is estimated in billions of tons per year (originating form agriculture, industrial and municipal) and combining it with natural materials in a unique chemical process. This creates a new material, Daika wood, which is moldable, cost competitive, can be mass-produced, is sustainable and comes in varying colors/textures. The material can be used in existing manufacturing processes such as extruding and molding and no extensive heat is required (more than half the temperatures used in a typical thermoplastic injection process).

 

The solution
Products made from Daika’s materials retain the unique properties of wood such as warmth, sense and acoustics and can be processed as regular wood. This is in contrast to current solutions such as wood-like and bio plastics that are are still plastics and wood replacements such as MDF that uses hazardous materials and carcinogenic binders.

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eAgrar

Agriculture, Clean Tech

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eAgrar is system that enables remote monitoring of agriculture fields thanks to IoT devices and data analytics.

 

The problem
Farmers don’t have precise information about conditions of their plants, so they treat it based on feelings and experience. Due to climate change it is not possible anymore. They use lot of pesticides and water, but due to bad timing and lack of information everything can be destroyed. End consumer will get food with low quality and high price.

 

The solution
It farmers have real time and precise information, direct from their field, they can act in time and save everything. eAgrar gives them information when to treat, protect or irrigate plants. Our IoT devices measure parameters from field, which are then analyzed with advanced algorithms. Finally, farmers get information if conditions for disease appearance or frost occurred, or there is need for irrigation. That enables farmers to reduce cost and damages, and finally to increase yields. We as a end consumers will get food with less pesticides and with higher quality.

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Elestor BV

Hydrogen energy

Description:

The Hydrogen Bromine Flow Battery : Storing electricity at 2-3x lower costs than conventional batteries

 

The problem
The Elestor battery technology enables fully de-carbonization of electricity supply. By offering electricity storage at extremely low cost (LCoS), storage is turned from a pure cost factor into viable business cases. As a 2nd activity, and due using hydrogen as active material, the Elestor technology exclusively features bringing battery storage and hydrogen production together, and offers a unique ability to largely decrease hydrogen production costs.

 

The solution
Elestor BV has developed stationary, industrial electricity storage systems, based on the Hydrogen Bromine Flow Battery principle. With a worldwide patented design, Elestor introduces a highly scalable product, featuring storage costs per kWh far beyond what is achieved with conventional technologies.

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FreezeM

Agriculture

Description:

Making inset farming simple by providing ready-to-use breeding solutions to insect protein factories worldwide

 

The problem
Insects are a promising source for sustainable, alternative protein for the animal feed industry, vital to ensuring the wellbeing of a growing human population. But in order to make a true impact and replace existing components in animal feed, insects have to be produced at an industrial scale, all year long, and in a stable manner. The breeding part of the supply chain is currently a major bottleneck for the industry since it requires unique expertise, sensitive to minor changes, and currently it is being done at every factory due to lack of technological solutions.

 

The solution
FreezeM is developing novel technologies that will enable to create for the first-time stocks of ready-to-use suspended neonates and frozen eggs – a solution corresponding to the agriculture seed production. We enable our customers to build their insect farming business without having a breeding unit, making the process much more simple, effective and scalable.

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FutureFarms

Agriculture, water

Description:

FutureFarms is a data driven indoor vertical farming and hydroponics technology company that has developed a proprietary full stack solution along with an AI driven operating system to power the sustainable food production of the future.

 

The problem
Hyperlocal, de-centralized & sustainable food production in urban, semi-urban areas and food deserts.

 

The solution
We have developed a smart operating system for indoor & vertical farms which is cloud-based and plug & play in nature. In addition to this, the company offers integrated solutions such as portable container farms, in building vertical farms, smart indoor food gardens. Our system enables farmers to take better and data-driven decisions using our plug & play solutions which are device agnostic.

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InVictus

Energy

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InVictus is a climate adaptation company whose main focus is smart ocean technologies.

 

The problem
In our community, we have a perennial water shortage problem – when it rains we have no water and the problem is compounded in the dry season. We are therefore trying to solve a water scarcity issue

 

The solution
The earth’ s surface comprises 2/3 water albeit is much of it salty, brackish or contaminated. If we can harness the limitless supply of water our oceans and seas present us with, not only will we solve a water scarcity problem worldwide, but we can make a better life for a vast majority of marginalized global citizens who depend of subsistence farming to make a living by providing them with clean and contaminant free potable water thereby creating sustainable livelihoods.

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Kraftblock

Energy

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Manufacturer of heat storage systems designed to enclose room temperature. The company’s systems store thermal energy from room temperature and provide expanded glass granulate which, as a preventive, ecological fire retardant in ceilings, floors or partition walls, prevents fires from breaking out, enabling customers to protect themselves during fire outbreak and ensure safety.

 

The problem
Re-utilization of lost- or wasted energy (energy-recycling), which means that Kraftblock reduces the usage of fossil fuels and avoids the formation of emissions like C02. This has an indirect but strong influence on clean atmosphere and human health.

 

The solution
Heat-storage system to recover industrial waste-heat and/or introduce the REET-concept (renewables in exisitng technologies, which means: replace a gas- or coal-fired system against a power-to heat system and storage that is charged by renewable energies).

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les.scientists

Food, biotech

Description:

Molecular Gastronomy for the masses

 

The problem
Molecular Gastronomy is confined to few restaurants because of the technical difficulties. It’s a new way of experiencing food and beverages which at this moment is restricted to very few. We want to make it accessible to everyone.

 

The solution
We will make Molecular Gastronomy accessible by partnering up and creating a franchising network of producers and distributors. Les.Scientists will continuously develop new products, which will keep the customers coming back for more.

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LOOP Mission

Food &
Beverages

Description:

Nobody likes to be rejected, not even food. LOOP Mission is a circular economy company that repurposes the outcasts of the food industry.

 

The problem
One third of the food produced is wasted worldwide. For fruits and vegetables, it’s even more with 45% being thrown away. This food accounts for about one quarter of all water used in the agriculture sector each year, cost billions on dollars and generate 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions annually, mostly from food decomposition in landfills. Meanwhile, more than 800 million people suffer from hunger in the world.

 

The solution
LOOP Mission gives a second chance to the misfits of the food industry by creating value out of waste. We save perfectly imperfect discarded fruits and vegetables and transform them into awesome cold-pressed juices. To close the loop, our leftover fiber and pulp from juicing is being reused into vegan dog treats and pizza crusts. We also have a line of beers that upcycles day-old bread from bakeries, gin made with potato cuttings from a potato chips company, soaps recycling cooking oils from a vegan fast food chain and fermented probiotic sodas giving a second life to hydrosols, a potent but neglected byproduct of the essential oil industry. Thanks to this business model, we can make clean label food more affordable to consumers while transforming trash into treasure for many actors in the food industry.

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Nihon Agri, Inc.

Agriculture

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Nihon Agri, Inc. is a Japanese agricultural start-up that strives to vertically integrate the entire agricultural value chain by engaging in production, import, marketing, and plant variety management of high quality Japanese agricultural varieties. Our agricultural imports from Japan are sold under the brand “ESSENCE” in multiple countries including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Philippine. We are the only company in Japan that provides Japanese agricultural products globally under a single brand; efforts to create a strong brand have been mitigated by the fact that agriculture in Japan is very fragmented, made up of multiple small farmers with limited business knowledge but with a passion to create high quality, innovative products. Our strong management and brand / marketing team, along with a local sales team in each country, are working to support the strong products that are naturally produced out of Japan, and we strive to become the Zespri and Dole of Japan. As above, the major pillar of our business is our plant variety management business. Japan has been known to be the mother of world-famous varieties such as the FUJI apple, MUSCAT grape, TOCHIOTOME strawberry, etc. , all of which are now being used without permission from the original developers due to lack of awareness towards plant variety protection. We see the past spread of varieties as an indicator of potential popularity of further varieties made in Japan. We source multiple varieties from various farmers across Japan, and find users of the varieties overseas; by teaching overseas farmers how to produce high quality agricultural products and securing an end-market through our marketing efforts of ESSENCE, we bring back royalties to the developer in Japan, in which we obtain a part of as well depending on the agreement with the developer. Through our work – production, marketing, branding, plant variety management, and consultation to local farmers – we hope to build a win-win economy in the agricultural business which many have found difficult.

 

The problem
1. Secure future food production: UN has estimated the world will need at least 50% more food by 2050. In addition, global warming will diminish the area of suitable farmland. Combined, these two will mean that more energy will be required to produce enough food to feed the world as global warming will lead more crops to have to turn to greenhouses as the global climate becomes less suitable for growing various produce. Through our controlled greenhouse designed to use less energy by 65% compared to conventional farming, we expect our greenhouses to contribute to the future of food production. 2. Reduce poverty and inequalities: While over 40% of the population is employed in agriculture in Asia, the income gap has widened between rural and urban population as the majority of farmers are still small-scale family-run businesses with little pricing power. By developing an affordable greenhouse to produce value-added produce such as strawberries, we aim to raise farmer income and create additional jobs.

 

The solution
Affordable and clean energy controlled environment greenhouses for value-add produce such as strawberries

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OPT/NET B.V.

Telecommunications, Agri tech

Description:

We provide an AI Ops platform to ensure continuity of your most critical IT infrastructures

 

The problem
The health of a telecom network is illustrated by the billions of log lines and performance indicators it outputs every day. Teams of System Operators are tasked with sifting through this veritable ocean of data in order to manage these critical networks and ensure zero down-time. Human operators simply cannot manage the colossal amounts of data in real-time to uncover the “needle in a haystack” that may ultimately lead to a service disruption. For telecom operators, ensuring reliable network availability is imperative in order to consistently gain new customers and maintain the trust of existing customers. But the reality today is that most network operators are typically working in a ‘reactive mode’ fighting proverbial fires, often only responding to major disruptions after many customers start complaining. Not only does this poor quality of service negatively impact the customer’s perception of the brand, but in some cases, it may even lead to costly breaches of SLA’s.

 

The solution
The OPT/NET BV team comprises telecom network experts that have over 50 years of combined experience in the industry. Having served and protected the networks of clients all over the globe, the OPT/NET team was especially suited to develop advanced AI products capable of dealing with an ever-increasing volume of data and complexity. Initially serving as a tool for our own telecom consulting practice, OptOSS AI has grown into a stand-alone platform that is truly best-in-class. OptOSS AI is an Artificial Intelligence enabled platform for monitoring, analysing, and managing complex networks in real-time. Both structured and unstructured time-series data can be streamed into OptOSS AI, where irregular patterns are detected within 2s of the data being received. A patented process helps to detect, cluster, label, and recognise millions of known and unknown irregularities that crop up on critical infrastructures and to distill the gist of meaning helping human operators in their daily jobs. Crucially, the majority of new and repeating issues are automatically spotted by OptOSS AI, without the need for clean labeled training data. Spotting the unexpected, noticing the unknown patterns is where OptOSS AI excels, often surprising even its creators.

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Plastic Back Ltd.

Energy &
Oil

Description:

Using an innovative, economic and environmental friendly technology, Plastic Back is able to convert plastic waste (back) to crude oil and other valuable chemicals. Plastic Back’s mission is to reduce the amount of plastic waste land-filled and incinerated in a profitable way.

 

The problem
Each year, about 335 M tons of plastic waste is produced all over the world. Economic trends around the globe, lack of available landfill sites and a growing environmental awareness – reflected in extensive regulation, are all leading nowadays to a global search for new alternatives to the current manner of waste disposal and treatment.

 

The solution
Plastic Back has developed a technology able to convert plastic waste to crude oil and other valuable chemicals. Our product, a conversion unit based on this technology, allows treatment and land-fill sites to reduce the amount of waste land-filled. The end products can be used by the petrochemical industry for various applications, and thus contributing to a more circular economy.

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Qpinch

Energy

Description:

Breakthrough heatpump for the process industries (petrochemicals, food & beverages, paper & pulp…)

 

The problem
The industry consumes around 25% of all energy, and much of this is heat – not electricity – to drive large-scale processes in many areas and primarily produced with fossil fuels. This energy is mostly required 24/7 and in enormous quantities (from a few to dozens or even hundreds of megawatts per plant). By 2050 at the latest, all these processes will have to be operated with zero emissions. There are two main solutions to this problem: large-scale energy efficiency and replacing fossil fuels with 24/7 clean energy. In some industries, Carbon Capture & Storage will also be needed.

 

The solution
Consultancies such as McKinsey, Solomon & Associates, Deloitte, and organizations like the IEA and Concawe state that energy efficiency is not only needed to reach the 2050 targets, but it is the only short-term solution to curb emissions. Besides, it also reduces OpEx as opposed to green energy and CCS. Qpinch has invented a new heat pump for large-scale energy efficiency and emissions reductions for a significant part of the industry. Using a reversible chemical reaction inspired by nature’s energy system – the ATP-ADP cycle – our solution overcomes the hurdles that other solutions face: it achieves very high temperatures, large temperature jumps, and is exceptionally scalable (up to 100+ megawatts). Our clients now have a new tool to reduce their emissions and operational cost throughout their global assets with double-digits.

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SolarDew

Water, energy

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SolarDew’s solar desalination products provide clean drinking water from saline water for families and communities

 

The problem
Water scarcity and increasing salinity of the groundwater currently affects 700 million people and potentially 4 billion in 2030! People in rural communities from Latin America to the South Asia, and from North Africa to the Pacific, are getting left behind due to a lack of cost-effective small-scale solutions for their drinking water needs. This is especially in areas where water is saline, brackish or chemically contaminated (ex. arsenic, fluoride, heavy metals, etc). They are searching for a fresh water source, almost on a daily basis, or buying water, which sometimes have to be transported over large distances. This is expensive, time consuming and unsustainable. Most water purification technologies are only suitable to eliminate biological contamination or can only handle brackish water with a relatively low TDS. The desalination technologies that are available, either have a high water price (>4 cents per liter), a high initial investment, are complex with frequent down time and thus require regular maintenance. Air to Water technologies are not always suitable for the arid and water scarce regions and the water price for small scale systems is more than 10 cents per liter. For small scale desalination there is still a need for a simple, robust and reliable product for households and off grid communities.

 

The solution
People need a product that is simple, affordable, robust and easy to use. SolarDew started with these basic user requirements to develop a novel solar membrane distillation technology. It can produce clean drinking water from seawater in a single step simply by evaporating and condensating water through a membrane. SolarDew’s products can be rapidly deployed as a compact, inflatable product after a natural disaster or as a permanent source of drinking water for households and communities. With these products, people can directly purify their local ground water thus becoming more independent and healthier, whilst saving time and money. The unique aspects of the technology are: – A low cost membrane which requires minimal maintanenace. – Direct Integration of the solar thermal and water purification process to create a solid state system which does not require electrical or mechanical parts. – Simple and low cost construction which can be manufactured roll to roll on the same lines used to produce packaging.

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Spectrolytic GmbH

Energy &
Oil, biotech, food

Description:

Manufacturer of robust analyzers with cloud connectivity

 

The problem
We disrupt the sample testing process and reduce the time the customers obtains quantitative analysis of their samples from days to minutes or real time. The availability of instant results allows our customers to streamline their processes and avoid costly failure of high value assets (gas turbines, wind turbines, etc), or processing of spoiled or contaminated foods (dairy, milk) or to provide point of care solutions for COPD , COVID or other medical applications

 

The solution
Our products provide a valuable contribution for the reduction of CO2 emission and on the effective usage of materials and resource in many indusries.We have developed hardware , firmware and software components that can fit together like lego blocks. Thes blocks can be combined into products that address the specific measurement needs of different markets and applications.All products are robust, have no moving part and achieve comparable results to conventional laboratory anaylysis using expensive FTIR analysers. The availability of accurate and reliable quantitative data enables our customers to use their available assets much more efficiently.

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Tondo Smart

Telecommunications, smart lighting, smart city

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Tondo is an end to end smart lighting solution for streetlights. Tondo’s smart-lighting solution lets cities control, manage, and monitor their streetlights for dramatic savings in energy and maintenance costs. As an open IoT platform, it lays the foundation for future applications and solutions, empowering cities to address multiple challenges through a single unified network.

 

The problem
Today, more than ever before, municipalities across the globe are under tremendous pressure. Citizens are demanding that municipal leaders deliver more and better services to make communities safer and more livable. They expect that this will be done at a lower cost, using fewer people. To meet this challenge, cities need to innovate and to innovate they need partners like Tondo. Tondo solves 2 main problems 1. Lighting, as one of the city’s main resources, is currently unmanaged, and involves a waste of financial, energy and operational resources. Tondo empowers cities to manage their streetlights for dramatic savings in energy and maintenance costs 2. There is lack of utilization of city resources and a multiplicity of technological solutions that require separate resources. Tondo turns every streetlight into an IoT Edge Gateway and become a great platform for power, communication and data management for other devices.

 

The solution
Tondo was born from a simple idea – combine the promise of an everything-connected Internet of Things with the revolution of LED lighting to create a smart lighting product that is so simple to deploy, so intuitive to use and so cost effective to operate, that every streetlight in the world becomes a building block from which communities can create solutions that continually adapt to their changing demands and needs. Tondo is an end to end smart streetlighting solution that lets cities control, manage, and monitor their streetlights for dramatic savings in energy and maintenance costs. As an open IoT platform, it lays the foundation for future applications and solutions, empowering cities to address multiple challenges through a single unified network Tondo turns every streetlight into an IoT Edge Gateway. Each Tondo smart lighting controller enables a local network of sensors that become part of a vast Tondo-powered network of networks. Whether its pollution monitoring, traffic adaptive lighting, Sensors for environmental monitoring; Tondo delivers. All the sensors and controls are managed by our cloud-based management system which includes analytics capabilities, triggers, alerts and events. Tondo devices are fast and easy to install. easily integrated into other systems and secured by design.

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Vertical Future

Food

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Developer of smart food technology intended to spearhead sustainable food production. The company’s technology develops, commercializes and uses technology to produce food in controlled environments using sustainable methods, with a long-term commitment to improving health and reducing CO2 emissions in cities, enabling customers to improve their long-term health.

 

The problem
Vertical Future addresses a wide range of health, economic, environmental, and social issues. The average temperature globally is expected to increase by between 3 and 5 degrees over the next century and we are already feeling the effects of crop failure in exporting countries. This has not only affected farmers in these countries, but also the price, availability, and quality of produce on the supermarket shelves of importing countries. The global population is growing and populations are concentrating around urban areas, placing more pressure on scarce resources. This has led to the need to rethink the way that urban areas are structured and how we design supply chains to align with these new norms. Agricultural practices have for some time been intensifying and, linked to climate change, we are experiencing a loss of biodiversity and the dying out of key insect and wildlife populations that are critical to the balance of the natural world. Sustainable, ethical, and commercially-viable solutions must be sought to these many issues, and this is where controlled-environment-agriculture has a role to play.

 

The solution
We empower people and businesses to grow food in a more sustainable, secure, efficient and effective way – closer to the point of consumption and with a lower environmental footprint. We do this through combining our advanced hardware and software solutions with our years of growing experience, high-class team, and innovative programme of cross-sector research. Considering a lot of the shortcoming exhibited by ‘Generation 1’ vertical farming companies and systems, we have focused our technologies and value propositions on the greatest areas of need: automation, energy, water, and operational best practice. We envisage a world of many micro/circular economies, where energy, waste, food, education, and water are all local, sustainable solutions, irrespective of demographics or a person’s socioeconomic status.

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Wasser 3.0 gGmbH

Chemicals, plastic

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Wasser 3.0 offers solutions to detect | remove | reuse microplastics and micropollutants from waters.

 

The problem
It is time to address the downsides of mass production, mass consumption and improper or non-existent disposal and reuse systems in a responsible and systemic manner. More and more microplastics and micropollutants such as pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers, per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFAS), pollute our water cycle and ecosystems. They pose an enormous risk to human health and the environment. Microplastics are currently one of the most discussed environmental problems. Nevertheless, we lack efficient and sustainable solutions and approaches dealing with them. In particular, we lack (waste)water treatment systems that are fit to deal with these highly complex pollution scenarios; a uniform, applicable detection method; solutions to improve process controlling of existing systems; continuous and standardized monitoring; as well as clear and binding legislation for discharge of microplastic-contaminated waters from different (industrial) processes. As of now, microplastics´ inflow into our waters and ecosystems is an almost entirely uncontrolled and uncontrollable process – the same applies for many micropollutants.

 

The solution
Wasser 3.0 gGmbH enables new levels of environmental and health protection in (waste) water treatment by combining high-tech materials, low-tech processes, and a systemic perspective under the umbrella of our microplastic and micropollutant strategy detect | remove | reuse. Our focus lies on cost- and energy-efficient, easily applicable, and pollution-tailored solutions for the removal of microplastics and micropollutants from waters, including detection methods and reuse concepts. Bringing detect | remove | reuse to its full potential is the impact we thrive for: Clean and accessible water worldwide and a closed loop in the field of circular economy and zero waste – i.e., less water consumption, less wastewater and waste (costs), and a secondary material reuse of the extracted substances. In line with our understanding as a sustainability entrepreneur, we act 100% ESG-compliant, non-profit and across sectors. We strive for measurable contributions to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the areas of responsible research, green innovation, and sustainable education. The latter with a focus on impactful avoidance strategies, precautionary action and general awareness raising for the importance of waters without microplastics and micropollutants.

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