11 April 2017, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Nordic Greenhouse Groups 2017
Climate-KIC offers a special pre-incubation programme, the Greenhouse, to budding entrepreneurs who have an idea in the context of climate change and the motivation to make it happen in the future – but are not fully ready yet. Here you can see this year’s Greenhouse Groups from the Nordics.
Mimbly aims to provide accessible water recycling by developing products that break down the biggest impediment to recycling, simplicity.
The value in Mimbly’s system lies in offering an accessible product, as it reduces the consumption of water by a great amount, while also saving a considerable amount of money for the client.
The key aspect of its product is its accessibility, or in other words its ease of implementation.
More specifically, Mimbly provides hotels with a means to make their laundry system smarter, while having an immediate impact on the environment.
Currently in the form of an add on to a conventional washing machine, we would save the user money and consequently water in exchange for recycling the water in their system. Mimbly has been working since May 2016 as part of the incubation programme at Chalmers Ventures.
In the future a product that recycles the water and replaces the need for detergent in the washing machine will be attained. Just by saving 50% of the water consumption, this would translate to savings of at least 1.3 million liters of water per year.
Contact to hear more about Mimbly.
Team: Daniel Colunga, Helena Wallenberg, Isabella Palmgren
Solcellskollen is a web service to guide homeowners through all steps prior to an investment in solar energy. The user is guided through interactive information, user-specific calculation programs, as well as a marketplace where they can be matched with local installers.
The PV market is steadily expanding, and the deployment is currently led by investors who can produce electricity for local use. Many of these actors are however not professionals, and invest in primarily small-scale PV systems. As the market continues to grow, and head into a mass market, we identify an increasing need to help these small actors along the way to an investment: to analyse the economics in site specific PV systems, to understand local legislation, as well as to find local installers. During the Greenhouse program we aim to launch a first version of the website, as well as acquire our ten first customers (PV installers in Sweden). Our long-term goal is to contribute to a mass market in residential solar energy systems, in Sweden and beyond.
Team: Erik Wallnér, Eric Ahlberg, John Martinsson
The project revolves around creating a sustainable closed loop system for agriculture farming. The technology used is Hydroponic Farming in different variations. The project goal is to create a commercially viable prototype for the applicable market.
Hydra Farms are excited to be part of the Greenhouse Programme, and are planning to utilize this opportunity to the fullest. Through the assistance and network capabilities the programme brings, Hydra Farms will be able to create and hopefully patent a viable product that will be available to the market. With a high degree of entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for reducing the bad mark human kind is leaving on earth, the Hydra Farms team will work its hardest to achieve these goals. Through innovation & business knowledge Hydra Farms believes they are able to bring more environmentally friendly, fresh, and nutritional fodder to animals around the world, reducing the pollution and excess emissions that are inherently bound to the business of efficiently growing crops.
Contact Kasper Bengtsson to hear more about Hyrda Farms.
Team: Kasper Bengtsson, Adam Källgren
Follow them on Twitter @HydraFarmsCo and on Facebook
SunKeep has developed a fundamentally new way to absorb and long-term store solar energy, and convert it into heat on demand. SunKeep makes the heat of the sun accessible when & where it is needed, and contributes to a fossil free society.
Energy storage solutions play an important role in the efficient use of renewable energy and the transition to a renewable energy system. Thermal energy storage becomes an issue of crucial importance when replacing systems that rely on fossil fuels. SunKeep is addressing this problem through the development and commercialization of a technology that enables efficient storing the heat from the sun for months without losses, bridging the gap of supply and demand of our greatest energy source. The technology is developed through many years of research at Chalmers University, carried out by one of the most prominent research teams in the world when it comes to synthetic chemistry.
This versatile technology has a wide range of application areas, and SunKeep is looking to accelerate its market validation efforts through the Greenhouse Program. While continuing to perform technology development in parallel, SunKeep’s aim is to enable solar heating to become a more reliable source of heat, to replace fossil fuels and thereby decrease global warming.
Team: Felix Jansson, Filippa Plate, Kasper Moth-Poulsen
A new reflective display technology capable of displaying a full range of color. The display has 50 times better energy consumption than conventional LCD displays, and 5 times better than E-ink (the closest competing technology). It is also thinner than a hair and bendable.
Multiple years of nanotechnology research at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg has led up to a collaboration between business developers and technology researchers, aiming to set a new sustainable standard for displays. Our technology consumes 50 times less energy compared to backlit LCD displays, the most common display technology today, by reflecting the ambient light instead of emitting additional light. There are reflective displays on the market today such as the Kindle tablet based on E-ink technology. Our major differentiator is that we provide full range color with 5 times less energy consumption, which is unseen on the market today. We are currently in the process of patenting the technology, allowing us to license out the technology to display manufacturers in various fields.
Team: Felix Karlsson, Oskar Holmblad & Philip Holgersson
weAdventure is an online platform that serves as a marketplace connecting local adventure providers with outdoor enthusiasts, with a focus on ethical and environmental practices.
Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a more environmentally and socially sustainable tourism industry. Recently, the trend for online platforms has been an extractive one in which environmental concerns are partially addressed, if at all. We believe in an alternative path for technological solutions in the adventure tourism industry. Our main objectives for this program are to reach and on-board environmentally sustainable companies into our platform. We hope that Climate KIC will help guide us towards the right direction, working with the best people in the industry.
Team: Kristofer Söderström, Jeremy Boom
Connect 2 Colombia’s vision is to provide green energy and clean water to the people of Colombia. We are located both in Sweden and Colombia and want to connect investors with the projects for a sustainable development in poor areas as well as introducing Swedish (or European) inventions to the Colombian market.
The initial idea of starting Connect 2 Colombia was to develop big scale solar energy projects since they don’t exist in Colombia yet. Not even the regulations about solar energy laws are totally set, and therefore we decided to start in another direction; clean water. More than 3 million people are in need of clean water in Colombia. Today Connect 2 Colombia has the representation of SOLVATTEN in Colombia and we are a team of 6 working together to market this amazing product. By introducing SOLVATTEN we hope to create good relations and build a big network so that we can start the solar energy plan as soon as possible.
Team: Martina Andersson, Sören Karlsson, Gustavo Gutierrez Rubio
Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @connect2col
Bugz is in the process of developing a sustainable,
environmentally-friendly and healthy alternative feed
to livestock farmers. Our product is made from
insects and is free from antibiotics, pesticides and
genetically modified organisms. Rich in protein and
essential fatty acids, Buqz is the animal-feed of the
Team: Cory Rupert, Laura Horenberg
‘Eat Your Straw’ is edible, zero-waste straw made of edible starch assembled to fight the environmental effects of plastic straws. It will be a commercial business with strong social ideals. It can be fortified with specific vitamins or minerals, enabling us to target populations lacking those nutrients.
More than 500 millions straws are used everyday in the United States alone, and the picture across the globe is only alarming. Being small and insignificant looking products, plastic straws are polluting the landfills and oceans without us realizing its effect. Our product is a zero-waste edible alternative to plastic straws. Under the guidance of the Greenhouse, our aim is to assemble a product prototype and finalize of the formulation of the final edible straw. Consumer, supplier and market research will be conducted to ensure desirability, viability and feasibility of the large-scale production of the product.
Team: Divya Mohan, Brendan Crosse, Muhamad Syahir Suhaimi
Moss Magic is a service providing green-tech start up targeting corporates. It covers office buildings with moss paint, making them more sustainable and makes their CSR policy visible.
Through a high-quality product and outstanding service, our start-up offers not only an innovative way of green branding, but the moss paint can act as an insulation layer. It means it can cut down electricity bills therefore reducing carbon footprints, and clears the air by absorbing harmful particulars at the same time.
The Greenhouse program makes Moss Magic able to produce the first prototypes and products. The program makes it possible to meet with potential future clients and break into the market.
Contact Eszter Mihaly to hear more about Moss Magic.
Team: Eszter Mihaly, Eldina Salkanovic
Nowa offers solid state and compact shower gel, shampoo and conditioner bars. Our product is wave-shaped and breakable into single use units in order to minimize traveller’s space in their baggage. With Nowa, there is no problem with liquid restrictions (imposed by the airlines) or liquid leakages in the luggage.
Our product notably tackles oil depletion due to its non-plastic and limited packaging, it also addresses climate change due to it’s zero waste properties and low carbon designed life cycle. A minimal climate impact of 5789 tons of CO2eq will be made in just the fifth year of Nowa’s activity. With the Greenhouse program we would have the chance to benefit from experienced people, people with knowledge about business development and entrepreneurship, with creating start-ups and all the difficulties that come along.
Our main goal during greenhouse will be to validate our business plan and develop a prototype.
Contact Fahad Shabbir to hear more about Nowa.
Team: Fahad Shabbir, Elena Talalasova, Jacobo Lansac, Jean-Baptiste Jamet, Larissa Kwiatkowski
PurCity is providing a novel and brilliant type of building façade that naturally sucks in the polluted air and absorbs CO2 and NOx using nanotechnology. The product is a more sustainable substitute for composite panels, which are commonly used in construction of buildings, and includes a filter that improves air quality through absorption of pollutants. PurCity’s main marketing focus is the B2B markets including architectural and construction companies while it can be used either in construction of new buildings or renovation of pre-existing ones.
We are in the process of designing the product, and after finalizing the design we will build a prototype to analyze the products’ behavior in different scenarios. These analyses will be made through our engineer experts and the help of DTU Architecture Department through a master thesis.
PurCity is a unique company because of its novelty; it does not occupy any extra spaces in the buildings that provide the ability of implementing it in the center of the major cities. The implementation process will be known, and the price of the product will be reasonably cheap. From an environmental point of view, it is our duty to produce environmentally friendly products to help change the world into a better place.
Contact Morteza Ghorbani Eftekhar to hear more about PurCity.
Team: Morteza Ghorbani Eftekhar, Maede Ghadirinia, Qwider Bekakcha, Mehdi Salehi, Georgiana Laura Popa, Bojana Petkovic, Lorenzo Tracana
Follow them on Twitter @PurCity1 and Facebook
With the project Black to Green, Refarmed is prototyping a solution for building-integrated aqua- and agriculture. The project is situated on a public roof terrace in Denmark’s largest shopping center Field’s Copenhagen. Surplus heat, rainwater, bio and packaging waste is recirculated into a year- round production of fish, herbs and salad leaves which will be sold in house.
Our vision is to rethink the way we produce and consume food. Besides operating on a local level, this project should point out sustainable alternatives to the existing ways of producing, distributing and consuming food. In the future our solutions will be offered to large supermarkets. Besides having sufficient surplus energy and sales channels, they also offer a platform for raising awareness among different segments of society about the ways products are produced and consumed. We aim to be able to offer people ways to act sustainably.
Team: Camilla Enge, Nicole Strelcheva, Søren Nielsen
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Smart Adaptation is an evaluation online platform supporting the assessment of urban climate adaptation projects accounting for their multiple objectives and co-benefits.
There is an increasing urgency in the adoption of urban climate adaptation measures. Alongside, the multiple challenges faced by cities demand multifunctional adaptation measures. Municipalities already demand proof of performance of urban climate adaptation projects but the few provided are neither standardized nor reliable. Smart Adaptation increases the benefits got from urban climate adaptation projects, decreases the costs of municipalities and solution providers and increases synergies among stakeholders.
Contact Marco Silva to hear more about Smart Adaptation.
Our goal is to develop routines, methods and equipment that will result in an aquaculture system with zero waste and zero carbon footprint. Funding from Climate-KIC will help us investigate the state of the art within aquaculture so that we have a solid foundation from the beginning.
Contact Erik Hjertholm to hear more about Monad.
Team: Erik Hjertholm, Marius Våge
LABEL will facilitate stores in the biggest cities in Norway where people can both buy and sell their high quality secondhand clothes. Clothes brought to the store can be exchanged for cash, or for “trading cash” that can be used in store. Currently, there is no such store in Norway
A curated selection of items will be put for sale on our web store to quickly achieve national distribution. Some years ahead, we want to create a digital marketplace that combines efficiency and a concise high quality-standard., and no such digital marketplace currently exists in Europe.
During the Greenhouse we want make sure our business model is solid and sustainable. We want to build a future branding strategy. Also, we hope to target missing competences, and make a plan for how to both recruit co-workers and to establish partnerships. Last, but not least, we hope to build a bigger network that will be helpful for the future.
LABEL will be more just a store; LABEL will affect attitudes.
In a long term perspective, LABEL has a vision of changing the way people consume clothes.
Team: Sarah Elise Gjemdal, Johanna Løvås Myrvang
CTT (Carbon Track and Trace) provides automated systems for greenhouse gas monitoring and reporting to cities. Through CTT a city is able to directly see the impact of their GHG reduction strategies. This means that they will secure funding for both current and future greener solutions, and most importantly, actually reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
CTT differs from traditional methods of greenhouse gas monitoring and reporting because it gives cities local insight down to street and building level. Because of this insight, cities can facilitate pilot projects at smaller scales, which have smaller economic risks than before. The resources spent on greenhouse gas emissions reporting is significantly lowered because the process is automated. As a part of Greenhouse CTT will conduct a detailed market survey with the intention of better understanding how cities are currently spending their resources on this process, the amount of resources that go into it, and also how they can best make use of different data sources. Conducting such a market survey will also allow us to meet with potential customers and complete our business plan.
Team: Fredrik Anthonisen, Lars Grønnestad, Erik O’Donnell
We are automating vegetable production in vertical farming systems like aquaponics and hydroponics, eliminating the need for repetitive menial labor.
By combining the newest technology from the rapidly developing fields of robotics, sensors and machine learning, our goal is to develop a streamlined and scalable system for planting and harvesting vegetables in vertical farming systems, also including automatic control of important parameters like nutrient levels, pH and humidity. One day, fresh and locally produced organic vegetables could go straight from a robot’s hand and onto your dinner plate.
Team: Martin Ardal, Joakim Skjefstad
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