Welcome to the Solutions Garden! Hotly anticipated, the Solutions Garden is new for 2019. A ‘quick fire’ pitching area for up to 50 technologies, still reviewed by our judges and deemed worthy of the chance to pitch their idea. A great chance to preview early stage technology ideas and spot potential for support and investment. Read more about the technologies selected to pitch in 2019 below.
Aeristech has invented a variable speed electric motor technology, “ACT”. An ACT motor is more power-dense than any other and coupled to a compressor wheel it spins at twice the speed of any competing Centrifugal Compressor. The Aeristech compressor delivers affordable air at pressures and in quantities previously believed impossible.
Biohm is a research and development led company that aims to revolutionise the construction industry by allowing nature to lead innovation.
Biohm have developed a range of 100% natural materials including Mycelium (mushroom-based) Building Insulation, which consumes waste as it grows and Orb (Organic Refuse Biocompound), which combines agricultural and food waste with an organic binder to create a sheet material for use in building and interior architecture.
The company is currently working on developing a Plant-Based Concrete, future living materials and aims to expand their range of Mycelium construction products. All of Biohm’s materials will eventually be combined to form an interlocking construction system known as Triagomy.
Chip[s] Board is a biomaterial innovation company that aims to find value where others see waste, utilising by-products from food manufacturing.
Currently focusing on potato waste, the team have managed to produce a number of proof-of-concept materials which include a particulate composite board and a bioplastic. Whilst the uses for their materials are countless, Chip[s] Board are actively seeking industrial partnerships to ensure their use within fast moving industries such as visual merchandising, exhibit design, interior design and fashion. These materials whilst still in R&D have begun to be used by selected collaborators including sustainable fashion designers and eye wear manufacturers.
City Farm Systems
CFS’ CloudGro® technologies make urban farming economically viable. Patents cover the ability to install modular automated greenhouses on lightweight warehouse rooftops as used by retailers, distributors and processors. Growing short cycle crops to order at the point of need offers game changing opportunities to provide better quality produce with no costs of distribution and reduced waste.
Our technology is aimed at IC engines (retrofit, OEM) significantly reducing noxious emissions and fuel consumption. Using the products of combustion it produces secondary fuels in the manifold, hydrogen and methanol, these fuels are then drawn back into the cylinders during exhaust gas reversion radically improving combustion and engine efficiency.
A new approach to deposit return schemes, using blockchain. It works by assigning an individual code to every drinks container and tracking them from manufacture to disposal, enabling consumers to get their deposit returned while eliminating fraud, delivering higher recycling rates and huge cost reductions.
EMSOL is a leading innovator to solve transport pollution in our cities. Our platform is a real-time monitoring and analytics SaaS engine that is connected to a network of vehicle tracking, air and noise pollution sensors. We enable vehicle operators to provide compliance evidence for the growing regulation around local noise and air quality planning conditions. EMSOL was a 2018 Cleantech Innovate pitched company.
Energy International Systems Ltd
VSI technology. A Super thermal insulating barrier, from -150°C to +650°C with exceptionally long useful life. A Domestic House energy system providing all the electrical, cooling and heating energy it needs. Mobile and static refrigeration, ovens, furnaces, etc, etc. An integral part of a high temperature thermal storage device, etc.
Providing areas without grid-supplied electricity with 100% renewable off-grid power for charging electric vehicles and other infrastructure, supplied from a dispatchable proprietary system of patented hydroelectric technology, energy storage, and additional renewable generation. This technology will fill gaps in the EV charging infrastructure network that cannot otherwise be filled.
GlobalHom brings a new product design for manufacturing approach to home building. Thanks to the product design background of its founders, the approach focuses on user experience and allows for flexibility, sustainability, and ease of upgrade in its connected smart home approach to future living.
The modular design allows for fast and efficient on-site assembly, while the plug-and-play modular interior design solution allows for the home to be reconfigured with minimal disruption, at lower cost, with zero wasted material to reflect the evolving needs of the occupier. Every component is tagged and tracked from manufacture and using an open source approach supports an online marketplace where components can be traded as part of a circular economy.
Gravitricity Ltd is developing a unique mechanical grid-scale energy storage technology. Electrically driven winches lift heavy weights in vertical underground shafts to charge the system. The weights are then lowered, discharging electricity back to the grid when required. The system has exceptionally long life and very fast response.
GridDuck is a low-cost energy management system using wireless hardware, an online dashboard and API. We are offer consumption monitoring and analysis, remote control and automation. Utilising IoT technology, we are a wireless, cloudbased alternative to a traditional Building Energy Management System. Certified for cybersecurity (CyberEssentials), ISO270001 in preparation.
Minibems has developed an end-to-end IoT solution that delivers performance improvements in buildings using heat networks. Its controller and software enable building managers to monitor and control the heating system in realtime, optimising the performance of the whole network whilst delivering the heating and hot water required by individual tenants.
Sustainable construction demands better management of social and environmental impact. To achieve this, reliable, efficient tools are needed to make sense of large volumes of data across the range of related fields.
Qflow is a cloud-based platform that enables construction projects to manage their environmental risk and stay compliant with environmental standards.
Qflow brings together machine learning and the Internet of things to holistically capture and analyse environmental data, making it easier to identify and manage risk in construction projects. This drives productivity and cost-savings while enabling a positive impact on the built environment.
RheEnergise has developed a High-Technology Fluid with a density of 2.5 times that of water. This means 2.5 times the power density and 2.5 times the energy density. Projects are much smaller and less expensive than competing technologies. It provides for larger market, 300% more sites in Europe alone. It also addresses 75% of the world with insufficient rainfall for pumped-hydro, which becomes a new market for the RheEnergise pumped energy storage solution.
Concrete is the second most used material in the world behind water. 10 billion tonnes are produced every year with up to 500 million tonnes wasted annually. This comes at a cost of around USD$20 billion and 84 million tonnes of carbon.
The Sustainability Cloud platform offers real time on demand concrete that would normally be destined for landfill. When a delivery has surplus (waste) concrete due to onsite issues the key data is uploaded onto the app and matched to a customer. This reduces waste, lowers disposal cost and provides new revenue for the supplier, while offering a low cost concrete option for customers.
uFraction8 develops microfluidics-based filtration systems to help bio-manufacturers, who use biological cells (yeast, bacteria, micro-algae, mammalian cells) in their production, to recover (harvest, dewater and concentrate) biomass with sustainable and scalable system outcompeting conventional filters and centrifuges.
GreenSpur Renewables has invented a new generator for the wind turbine market. The generator is unique as it uses ferrite magnets (£1/kg) instead of scarce and expensive rare earth magnets (£45/kg). It can be scaled to multi-MW levels and has been identified as a game-changer by the ORE Catapult.
FocalSun has developed the world’s first light-weight rooftop concentrated solar technology; that can produce more than four times more energy than standard solar panels. FocalSun rooftop concentrators can achieve 350-degree temperature, providing hot water and central heating and when combined with chillers, can provide air conditioning and refrigeration.