We are delighted to announce that the following companies have been selected to join the Clean and Cool Mission 2012. Please click on the company profiles below to find out more and view the company websites.
Aeristech has developed a proprietary vehicle electric turbocharger incorporating the world’s fastest accelerating power dense supercharger. Its low cost 35kW compressor accelerates from steady state to 150,000 rpm in 0.5 seconds, eliminating turbo-lag. This technology can be used in enhanced engine downsizing to improve fuel economy without loss of performance. Represented by former venture capitalist Nicholas Gill, Aeristech is seeking manufacturers, suppliers and investors to commercialise this technology.
Cella Energy makes safe, low-cost hydrogen storage materials that can be used in regular automobile fuel tanks, and works with the existing fuel supply infrastructure. Cella is also developing longer duration portable power supplies for laptops and military power, and radiation shielding materials to protect assets in space. Kevin Brundish, a former Energy Division COO at QinetiQ, wants to showcase Cella’s commercial, competitive and scalable new fuel to interested investors and future exploitation partners from the automotive and consumer electronics markets.
Many small and medium organisations are not able to implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures, according to Benjamin Kott of EnergyDeck, because of a lack of knowledge or budgets for energy audits. EnergyDeck is addressing this problem by providing a free basic version of its powerful resource management tool to these organisations (followed by premium versions for larger customers). The technology uses collective intelligence to make anonymised data available for all users, which allows them to benchmark their organisation's performance and learn about successful measures implemented by others. EnergyDeck will also work on employing advanced algorithms to enable automatic savings recommendations.
G-volution has designed, developed, manufactured and patented (in the UK), the Optimiser. A technology that enables a large diesel engine to operate on a mixture of two (or more) fuels. The fuels being combusted simultaneously, rather than one at a time. Using diesel as the primary fuel and Liquefied Propane as the secondary fuel (currently), the Optimiser provides a simple solution that delivers significant fuel cost and emission savings, whilst not affecting the operation of a modern diesel engine. Managing Director Chris Smith is confident that multi fuelling is the future of heavy duty diesel and that the Optimiser will be suitable for other alternative fuels including: CNG, CBG, LNG, Bio-ethanol, Bio-butanol, Methanol and Hydrogen – and more.
Green Structures has developed Thermal Accumulators that can store large quantities of heat or cool for later use. Larger installation of thermal accumulators can combine Air Conditioning or Heat Pumps creating ‘Virtual Power Plants’ capable of removing or adding MWhs of demand from or to the Grid and negating the need for new power stations. Green Structures monitors a number of proofs of concept demonstrators, holds a number of patents for the above technology and CTO Tom Lipinski believes this technology will change the way future buildings operate and integrate with the Grid.
Highview Power Storage is a developer of utility-scale energy storage technology, using liquid air as the energy storage medium. Highview’s technology combines proven components from the industrial gas and power generation sectors in an innovative way, producing no harmful emissions. Emma Gibson (Operations Manager for the business) believes the company has been extremely successful in proving the technology at pilot plant scale (300kW), and is now committed to engaging with potential partners with a view to developing commercial (multi-MW) scale demonstration plants.
Moixa Technology has developed hardware/battery/electronics/software (currently in trial) that communicates with smart meters to store energy off-peak or from local solar resources - to power a variable DC-DC power network, smart DC sockets and hubs. The system allows grid-shifting for all DC power lighting/electronics/ICT (which will exceed 45% of domestic load by 2020) reducing peak electricity load, similar to how night storage heaters work. CEO Simon Daniel has led Moixa through several successful funding rounds and is targeting US investors. Patents are pending, but founders previously gained over 10 patents on mobile devices and battery technology.
Naked Energy Ltd is developing a solar PVT product called 'Virtu™' - a one panel solution using sunlight so efficiently it produces the same thermal output as conventional panels whilst producing more electricity than stand alone photovoltaic panels. Christophe Williams, Founder and Managing Director, says that the product can create more energy per square metre at a lower cost than existing technology. So not only a much quicker return on investment, but with the potential to create a significant drop in carbon emissions – even for a small domestic installation the reduction is as much as 1 tonne each year.
Oxford PV has developed a solar cell that:
RE Hydrogen has developed two distinct technology solutions - a 70% lower cost, efficient electrolyser for low cost hydrogen and oxygen gas production; and a 70% lower cost, highly efficient gas compressor for various gases. These technologies are independent in their respective markets and applications but complementary to each other as a package (protected by multiple patent applications). CEO Dr Amitava Roy states that these two disruptive technological solutions will enable hydrogen and oxygen production, compression and storage at market acceptable prices - where the current products or services are complicated, expensive and inaccessible by mass customers.
CEO Syed Ahmed describes SA Vortex as producing the world’s first hand dryer that recycles and recovers energy, hence creating the most energy efficient and cost saving hand dryer without compromising on performance. The Vortex hand dryer only uses 550w of energy to provide a warm air hand drying experience - drying hands in only 10-15 seconds. The energy savings transfer into cash savings for the owner, as by using the quicker hand dryer the costs of electricity is vastly reduced.
SEaB Energy has designed, patented and manufactured a containerised anaerobic digester. MuckBuster™ is a fully automated self-optimising micro anaerobic digestion system, housed in transportable shipping containers and providing PAS110 pasteurisation so that residual digestates can be sold as fertiliser. MuckBuster™ is scalable but typically used on sites producing 0.5 to 2.5 tonnes of biowaste per day. With income from UK Feed-in-Tariffs and Renewable Heat Incentives the modelled payback is 3 years, using 2 tonnes of biowaste per day. According to CEO Sandra Sassow, the unit further reduces carbon emissions by eliminating the transport of waste and dependence on the Grid.
Seawater Greenhouse provides a low-cost solution to food security by enabling year-round crop production using seawater and sunlight: - Seawater is evaporated at the front of the greenhouse to create cool, humid conditions inside - Humid air is condensed into fresh water to irrigate the crops. The cool, humid conditions enable crops to grow with little water. When crops are not stressed by excessive transpiration, both the yield and the quality are higher. Director Charlie Paton describes the technology as imitating the natural processes of evaporation and condensation, helping the environment while significantly reducing the operating costs of greenhouse horticulture.
VerdErg owns the patents that define the characteristics of the Spectral Marine Energy Converter (SMEC) - the only known renewable energy technology able to produce large scale, environmentally-friendly, electrical power directly competitive with fossil fuels. The Spectral Marine Energy Converter (SMEC) has been developed in-house since 2006 and promises renewable energy down to 5¢/Kwh. Several SMEC patents have been filed worldwide and the earlier filings have now been granted. Managing Director Peter Roberts calls the SMEC a step-up transformer, converting useless high-volume low-pressure flow to useful low-volume high-pressure flow from which electricity can be extracted cost-effectively.
Ethanol is an important part of the energy mix and valued at US$55 billion annually. Capacity is expected to double by 2020 but traditional technologies are energy/water intensive, says Trond Heggenhougen of Whitefox Technologies. Whitefox has developed a membrane-based process that can reduce steam/water consumption by 20-50%. For Brazil this could mean annual cost savings of around US$500 million or US$3 billion in annual electricity revenues. Whitefox has proven the technology in large scale commercial plants and is ready to tap into a large growth opportunity. We are seeking investors sharing similar vision to make a significant return on investment.
Zeta has developed an LED replacement for the 60w incandescent light bulb. Commercial Director Anthony McClellan describes the Life Bulb as comprising: