Jon Hughes, Editorial Manager at We Are Orchard, who are organising Cleantech Innovate, was fortunate enough on April 25 to get a sneak preview of some mind-blowing pitches from among the 54 set to be presented at Cleantech Innovate on April 30.
Cutting carbon footprints is of course the order of the day, from radical proposals to scale-up urban farming and turn supermarkets into neighbourhood farm shops. Smart city technology was also touted as a solution to making public transport more flexible and responsive to customers’ needs to get people out of their cars and onto buses.
One pitch grabbed everyone’s attention by informing us that sunlight’s the wrong colour! For maximum solar capture that is. The simple and elegant solution being presented would increase solar panel efficiency by up to an incredible 10%.
Agriculture featured large, with one proposal to retrofit a catalytic fuel reformer to tractors in India, reducing fuel consumption by 10% a year – estimated to be worth £4,500 to the farmer – and NoX by 50%.
Among the many other proposals there was an engineering solution for ships to harness the energy potential of their exhaust gases and reduce their fuel consumption. Shipping us a carbon nightmare.
Several proposals addressed ways to improve urban air quality and deliver ‘affordable’ battery storage, to make renewable energy dispatchable.
If this was a taste of what’s to come, Tuesday is going to be great! And, possibly, the future too.
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