nanoHEX: Keeping cool without heating the planet
Oxford nanoSystems have developed a new evaporator which is 70% smaller than a traditional unit. This new unit requires 70% less energy and uses 70% less refrigerant. 1kg of the common refrigerant R-23 does as much damage as 14.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide, nanoHEX can remove our need for these refrigerants.
Water soluble refill capsules for cleaning products
Combating ocean pollution, we have developed a range of innovative cleaning products. Supplied as handy, concentrated, water-soluble refill capsules, these biodegradable products enable the user to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic containers without compromising on product quality. Furthermore, the carbon footprint related to transport, distribution and recycling is reduced.
Grid-scale energy super-storage, using rechargeable Copper/Zinc battery technology
Cumulus is 'enabling more renewable electricity' - by developing the lowest-cost grid-level energy super-storage, using patent-granted rechargeable Copper/Zinc battery technology; Volta's 200 year old battery with a membrane. Cumulus is in the high-energy long-duration market (4-6 hour), complementing rather than competing with Lithium-ion, which is in the high-power short-duration market.
Pulse laser to split water into hydrogen for vehicles/energy storage
Energy storage/clean fuel systems to convert excess power from solar/wind into hydrogen. Our Ultra-Short Pulse Laser generates on-demand hydrogen on site and can also split seawater. In comparison to electrolysis, we consume only 50% less input electricity, is up to 70% cheaper by skipping hydrogen logistics, and minimizes high-pressure tanks.
Natural biodegradable cellulose microbeads
Naturbeads is scaling up and commercializing a competitive, continuous process for the production of cellulose microbeads to replace plastic beads. Used in personal care products, plastic beads have now been banned from rinse-off products in several countries as they contribute to microplastic pollution in waterways.
i-Cal: Self-calibration of sensor systems for autonomous, networked operation
Ion Selective Electrode sensors are the mainstay for detecting chemicals. In operation, the sensors reference electrode drifts causing inaccuracy and requiring manual calibration. ANBSensors i-Cal technology provides a self-calibration system increasing accuracy and removing need for manual calibration. i-Cal makes traditional sensors capable of autonomous, networkable use in the Internet-of-things.
Groundwater monitoring solution to explore the risk and mobility of pollution flowing underground
iFLUX developed an innovative groundwater monitoring solution to explore the risk and mobility of pollution flowing underground. Contaminant measurements, velocity and direction are essential information before, during and after the soil contamination management process. Trustworthy flux results provide customers key insights to perform fast and cost-efficient soil remediation.
Novel aromatic compound filtration system for combustion based energy system
ALP Technologies is developing a cellulose/biochar filter to dramatically reduce heavy tar content of hydrogen rich syngas produced from biomass for local electricity production. The filter enables heavy tar compounds to be selectively cracked to lighter hydrocarbons, increasing calorific value of gas and enhancing its quality.
Simple rapid affordable test for arsenic in drinking water
AquAffirm has developed the first enzyme electrochemistry-based test strips for rapid measurement of arsenic in drinking/irrigation water. This addresses a problem affecting over 140 million people in 70 countries, including Bangladesh, where tens of thousands die annually. Using patented disposable test-strips & electronic-reader, the web-enabled test will revolutionize arsenic mitigation management.
Self-healing commercial coatings based on smart nanocontainer's additives
We develop commercial application of nanocapsule-based additives for autonomic self-healing coatings. The idea of nanocapsule additive is based on the upload of eco-friendly inhibitors or antifouling agents into the nanocontainers with pH-stimuli responsive triggers. Innovative aspect - self-healing coatings based on the autonomously controlled self-healing action for corrosion protection.