The top 10 best Nordic cleantech startups 2016!

We are very happy to announce the top 10 list with the best startups in the cleantech sector in the Nordics. These companies have been carefully chosen as the ones with best potential for success by the very competent Nordic Cleantech Open Jury. Previous years top 25 companies have shown great track record and have included several of today brightest upcoming cleantech stars. This years top 10 will for sure be at least as successful as the predecessors. Read more in the press release in English or Swedish. Seldom has there been so much potential in such a short list!

And the top 10 companies are:

Againity
Sweden
www.againity.com
Againity has developed a cost-effective heat-to-electricity solution for renewable, yet weather independent, electricity production. The heat source can be anything from a garbage or wood chip boiler or incinerated landfill gas, to hot water from solar panels or industrial waste heat. The system is based on a refined technology based on the Organic Rankine Cycle and thanks to innovative components and materials, the system has a long lifetime, low operating costs and a quick payback time.

Ascatron
Sweden
www.ascatron.com
Ascatron develop next generation SiC based power semiconductors that radically reduce losses in electrical transformers. These can be up to 20% using conventional silicon devices. To make the most efficient and reliable SiC power devices is Ascatron using a unique material technology based on 3D epitaxy enabling us to increase the doping level to reduce the resistance in the device – 3DSiC®.

Desert Control
Norway
www.desertcontrol.com
Desert Control converts deserts into fertile land in a process that only takes 7 hours. They mix clay and water in a patented mixing process and apply it to the land using traditional irrigation methods. Once an area has been treated, percolation is almost stopped and evaporation is greatly reduced, so only ½ to 1/3 of the irrigation water is needed, compared to untreated areas.

Fresh.Land
Denmark
www.fresh.land
Fresh.Land digitize the food supply chain. The B2B platform connects farmers and retailers, cutting out the middlemen and reducing CO2 emissions and chemical use. The solution uses technology to make the food supply chain efficient and transparent. With Fresh.Land, farmers, retailers, and logistical partners can interact in one platform. They all get better prices and drastically reduce the searching and transaction costs. Only the middlemen lose out.

LunaLEC
Sweden
www.lunalec.com
LunaLEC develops thin and flexible light sources that will require less energy in manufacturing and will be made without metals and thus can be recycled like plastic when disposed. The intended use is not yet general lighting, but rather functional lighting. Typical applications are medtech patches, where light patches are used for treatment of a number of symptoms.

Ngenic
Sweden
www.ngenic.se
The Ngenic system adapt to the thermodynamic individual household and increase the efficiency of the heating system. At the same time as it achieves a better, more even, indoor climate the system enables a collaborative demand response and easier inclusion of renewable energy sources into the grid. The hardware are compatible with most existing heating systems.

SBT Aqua
Denmark
sbtaqua.com
SBT Aqua is developing a real-time bacteria sensor that significantly improves quality control of drinking water. The sensor can detect bacteria and non-organic particles in real-time and increases the sampling frequency from weeks to minutes ensuring that contamination events are discovered by the utility and not by ill and dissatisfied citizens.

Toroidion
Finland
http://toroidion.com/
Toroidion has developed an innovative electric powertrain with a new type of electric motor. The new lightweight direct drive electric motors are significantly safer and more service friendly than current alternatives. The technology is also extremely energy efficient and robust and allows for easy battery upgrades.

Trifilon
Sweden
www.trifilon.com
Trifilon develops and produces the lightest, most rugged biocomposites for high performance applications. Our optimized biocomposites are purpose engineered for conventional injection moulding and compression moulding equipment.  Cut weight, improve sound absorption and minimize your product’s environmental impact without changing equipment or tooling.

TRINE
Sweden
www.jointrine.com
TRINE aims at providing the 1.3 billion people living in energy poverty with access to solar energy. This will be done using local solar entrepreneurs and financed using their crowdinvesting platform. Combining crowdinvesting with commodity solar PV components and novel financing structures creates an innovative business model with massive potential.

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Nordic Camp

We held Nordic Camp for the fifth time this spring. The event is always very appreciated and this year was no exception. Read more about the camp in this article.

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The top 25 Nordic Cleantech open companies 2015/16

We are very proud to present the top 25 Nordic Cleantech Open companies 2015/16. Out of the 113 applicants our competent jury chose these ones as the very best. That really says a lot of the qualities of these companies! See the great comapanies and read about their great innovations below or read more in the pressrelease (Swedish pressrease here):

Abalonyx
Norway

Abalonyx is a leading producer of Graphene Oxide. Graphene oxide has unique selectivity for certain heavy metals and radionuclides. The company is now building technology related to graphene oxide based water treatment processes, such as an environmentally friendly flocculate to facilitate separation. The pilot customer is a company currently treating water contaminated with radionuclides from North Sea oil- and gas activities.

Againity
Sweden

Againity has developed a cost-effective heat-to-electricity solution for renewable, yet weather independent, electricity production. The heat source can be anything from a garbage or wood chip boiler or incinerated landfill gas, to hot water from solar panels or industrial waste heat. The system is based on a refined technology based on the Organic Rankine Cycle and thanks to innovative components and materials, the system has a long lifetime, low operating costs and a quick payback time.

Arctus Metals
Iceland

Arctus Metals is developing an environmentally friendly and energy efficient process for production of aluminium. As no carbon anodes are used as in conventional aluminium process there is no emissions of carbon dioxide, instead one ton of oxygen is generated for each ton of aluminium produced. The process also uses 20% less energy and 60% less space. Artcus Metals is in the final stage to reach proof of concept of the new revolutionary and patented aluminium production technology.

Ascatron
Sweden

Ascatron develop next generation SiC based power semiconductors that radically reduce losses in electrical transformers. These can be up to 20% using conventional silicon devices. To make the most efficient and reliable SiC power devices is Ascatron using a unique material technology based on 3D epitaxy enabling us to increase the doping level to reduce the resistance in the device – 3DSiC®.

Cewatech
Sweden

Global marine overfishing and declining catches (Nature communic. 2016) increase the urgency of finding sustainable alternatives to fishmeal in fish feed for fish farming. Cewatech has achieved this by cultivating edible micro-fungi on side-streams from industrial production. When fishmeal was replaced by equal quantities of fungal biomass in feed, salmonid fishes grew as well or better. The Cewatech fungal biomass is a sustainable, price-competitive alternative to fishmeal in fish feed.

Desert Control
Norway

Desert Control converts deserts into fertile land in a process that only takes 7 hours. They mix clay and water in a patented mixing process and apply it to the land using traditional irrigation methods. Once an area has been treated, percolation is almost stopped and evaporation is greatly reduced, so only ½ to 1/3 of the irrigation water is needed, compared to untreated areas.

Energeotek
Sweden

Energeotek presents how the world can have renewable clean baseload energy 24/7/365 virtually anywhere! Energeotek’s system solution NxGeo benefits from earth’s low temperature ground heat and converts it to clean electricity, heating and cooling. Energeotek now offers initial NxGeo power plant projects and plans to join forces with larger investors, stakeholders and industrial partners to setup NxGeo power clusters. Energeotek offers pure power to the global renewable energy transition process.

EyeCular Technologies
Denmark

EyeCular Technologies has developed a highly innovative product which is able to build and maintain thermal stratification in hot water tanks. Especially in heat pump applications and solar thermal systems, the energy consumed for heating water can be significantly reduced by enabling thermal stratification. EyeCular’s product is inexpensive, more reliable and easier to install than the few existing competitors on the market.

FaunaPhotonics
Denmark

The use of laser radar systems enables FaunaPhotonics to perform real-time on-going surveys of insects in the field. The laser radar product can monitor approx. 10.000 insects / hour / m3 of air. A transformative new tool that offers tangible benefits to the agricultural sector and insect control programs enabling the capacity to routinely collect, analyse, interpret and share reliable real-time data on insect populations.

Forsnetics
Sweden

Forsnetics has developed magnetic thrust bearings for hydropower. They utilize magnetic fields dynamically to carry the weight of the generators and the water load. This technology reduces the friction losses up to 80%. The increase in efficiency is enough to cover the price of the equipment during its lifetime. However, the main economical driver to install the solution is increased reliability, as the technology eliminates thrust bearing failures.

Fresh.Land
Denmark

Fresh.Land digitize the food supply chain. The B2B platform connects farmers and retailers, cutting out the middlemen and reducing CO2 emissions and chemical use. The solution uses technology to make the food supply chain efficient and transparent. With Fresh.Land, farmers, retailers, and logistical partners can interact in one platform. They all get better prices and drastically reduce the searching and transaction costs. Only the middlemen lose out.

Infinited Fiber Company
Finland

Inifinited Fiber Company enables re-manufacturing of new natural fibres for new clothing from textile waste. There is no other solution on the market for manufacturing new fibres from textile waste. The technology also enables extending the pulp and dissolving mills’ value chain by manufacturing a cellulose derivate. This will significantly cut the costs and increase sustainability in viscose manufacturing.

Innoscentia
Sweden

Innoscentia provides a printable gas sensing technology that can visualize and electronically tell the status of the food. The printable sensing ink undergoes a colour change from i.e. green to red once the product is spoiled. The changes in the electrical properties provides the possibility to detect spoiled food wirelessly trough the supply chain increasing both food safety and traceability for actors within the food supply chain.

LunaLEC
Sweden

LunaLEC develops thin and flexible light sources that will require less energy in manufacturing and will be made without metals and thus can be recycled like plastic when disposed. The intended use is not yet general lighting, but rather functional lighting. Typical applications are medtech patches, where light patches are used for treatment of a number of symptoms.

Minut
Sweden

Minut creates connected sensors to understand the environment in a room or area – including mapping PM2.5. This is possible with the use of the company´s unique sensor. This sensor will be given to individuals as a way to measure their exposure. Minut is optimistic about how a transparent view of PM2.5 around the world can support efforts to reduce this pollution.

Ngenic
Sweden

The Ngenic system adapt to the thermodynamic individual household and increase the efficiency of the heating system. At the same time as it achieves a better, more even, indoor climate the system enables a collaborative demand response and easier inclusion of renewable energy sources into the grid. The hardware are compatible with most existing heating systems.

ReLaDe
Estonia

ReLaDe is developing a system that uses biological washing enzymes that are coupled with magnetic nanoparticles as the laundry-washing agent. This enables recollection of the washing agent from the washing machine wastewater by a simple device composed of magnets. Binding enzymes to nanoparticles eliminates their downsides as they become reusable and the enzyme stability is increased.

Sani Membranes
Denmark

Sani Membranes is producing advanced cross flow membrane filter elements. The elements are based on present membrane and fine filters, but designed for improved energy efficiency – saving 30-60% of energy in very energy intense processes. At the same time, the process and sanitary aspects are very much improved. The filters are suitable for process industry, food & beverage, water, water reuse and for wastewater purification.

SBT Aqua
Denmark

SBT Aqua is developing a real-time bacteria sensor that significantly improves quality control of drinking water. The sensor can detect bacteria and non-organic particles in real-time and increases the sampling frequency from weeks to minutes ensuring that contamination events are discovered by the utility and not by ill and dissatisfied citizens.

Sensative
Sweden

Sensative have developed Strips, an ultra-thin (less than 3mm thick) magnetic sensor, that can be mounted invisibly in most window & doors. Strips comes with an adhesive layer which makes it easy to set up and has a battery life up to 10 years! Strips is Z-Wave Plus certified, which enables Strips to be connected to any Z-Wave Smart home system.

Toroidion
Finland

Toroidion has developed an innovative electric powertrain with a new type of electric motor. The new lightweight direct drive electric motors are significantly safer and more service friendly than current alternatives. The technology is also extremely energy efficient and robust and allows for easy battery upgrades.

Trifilon
Sweden

Trifilon develops and produces the lightest, most rugged biocomposites for high performance applications. Our optimized biocomposites are purpose engineered for conventional injection moulding and compression moulding equipment.  Cut weight, improve sound absorption and minimize your product’s environmental impact without changing equipment or tooling.

TRINE
Sweden

TRINE aims at providing the 1.3 billion people living in energy poverty with access to solar energy. This will be done using local solar entrepreneurs and financed using their crowdinvesting platform. Combining crowdinvesting with commodity solar PV components and novel financing structures creates an innovative business model with massive potential.

TychoBio
Denmark

TychoBio applies powerful tools from Synthetic Biology to optimize and commercialize moss as an efficient production host for small chemical compounds. The method can potentially produce hundreds of different high-value compounds. Initial focus will be on a class of compounds called terpenoids, high-value compounds used in food, cosmetics and the pharmaceutical industry.

Uniti
Sweden

Uniti is an electric city car with two seats in tandem and a ‘sci-fi’ design. With an uncompromising focus on sustainability, Uniti goes beyond the power source to consider the entire environmental impact of the venture, from materials and engineering logic, to business practices and IPR policy. Openness and transparency are of utmost importance, as is harnessing the collective intelligence and passion of the crowd. Designed for high performance in urban settings, Uniti aims to redefine the user experience of vehicles from ‘controlling a bunch of horses under the hood’ to ‘piloting a street spaceship’. #teamuniti

 

 

 

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Malmö Cleantec City Day

Early entrants to the competition have be offered to pitch their solutions to the jury and audience at this event in Malmö 9 December.

The result is a great event with 20 pitching companies, a great panel for the companies competing in Malmö Cleantech City Award and a very interesting afternoon with a Smart City topic where, among other things, the leading city in this area, Santander will present their approach to the topic.

The full program cam be seen here.

Register to this free event here.

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Press release regarding cooperation with WWF Climate Solvers (In Swedish)

PRESSMEDDELANDE 26 november 2016

Klimatentreprenörer från Norden kan nu söka till WWF Climate Solvers

WWFs Climate Solvers, utmärkelsen som uppmärksammar och lyfter klimatinnovationer i kampen mot global uppvärmning, öppnar nu upp för ansökningar från entreprenörer i andra nordiska länder. Genom ett nytt partnerskap med Cleantech Scandinavia sker Climate Solvers i samband med Nordic Cleantech Open. Klimatentreprenörer uppmanas att ansöka senast den 13 december i år.

–       Vi söker innovatörer som kan minska koldioxidutsläppen radikalt och öka tillgången till hållbara energilösningar för fattigare samhällen runt om i världen. Entreprenörer med lösningar men som har svårt att nå ända fram på grund av att de saknar investerare eller bromsas av nationella eller internationella policies. Det är där Climate Solvers kommer in, säger Stefan Henningsson, Senior Rådgivare Klimatinnovationer  på Världsnaturfonden WWF och projektledare för Climate Solvers.

Climate Solvers startades i Sverige 2008 för att lyfta och uppmärksamma innovativa talanger med kommersiella lösningar och potential för att minska de globala koldioxidutsläppen. Idag finns Climate Solvers i Kina, Indien och Sydafrika – och genom samarbetet med Nordic Cleantech Open nu även i Danmark, Norge och Finland. Små och medelstora företag i dessa länder kan nu ansöka till tävlingen fram till den 13 december.

–       Rapporter som Global Cleantech Innovation Index visar att alla nordiska länder är starka nav för startups, där många innovativa miljöteknikföretag med stor global potential finns. En gemensam utmaning för den nordiska regionen är att hitta sätt att snabbare kommersialisera dessa innovationer, säger  Stefan Henningsson.

Om Climate Solvers:

Climate Solver skapades av Världsnaturfonden WWF år 2008 för att uppmärksamma klimatinnovationer  som kraftigt kan minska energiförbrukning och koldioxidutsläpp eller bidra till ökad tillgång på förnybar energi i utvecklingsländer. Programmet identifierar barriärer och ger stöd till deltagande företag så att deras lösningar kan nå ut till världens marknader och göra riktig nytta för klimatet. Förutom i Sverige, har Climate Solver sedan tidigare närvaro i länder som Kina, Indien och Sydafrika.

Inför klimatförhandlingarna i Paris har Climate Solvers initierat ett globalt Entrepreneurs Call for Climate Action and COP21. Det är nu påskrivet av 105 VDar i bolag med bas i Indien, Sydafrika, Tyskland, Kina, USA, Japan, Kanada, Storbrittanien, Mexiko, Frankrike, Italien, Danmark, Finland, Norg, Sverige, Holland, Zimbabwe, Kroatien, Costa Rica, Estland, Uganda, Chile och Rwanda. Uppropet stöttas av 20 internationella organisationer, se http://www.climatesolver.org/EntrepreneursCallToAction

Läs mer om Nordic CleanTech Open och Climate Solver: http://www.nordiccleantechopen.com/wwf-climate-solver/

För mer information, kontakta:

Barbara Eveaus, Senior Communications Manager, 0703- 939030, barbara.evaeus@wwf.se

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The Jury of Malmö Cleantech City Award public

Today we publicly announce the jury of Malmö Cleantech City Award. This is an amazing jury with relevant people from almost all major actors active in the building and real-estate industry in Southern Sweden (and many of them globally). Even more names will be added.

Se the jury list here.

If you have a solution targeting these actors and want to present it to them nothing could be easier. Just apply to Nordic Cleantech Open/Malmö Cleantech City Award/WWF Climate Solvers and you will be offered a pitch slot at Malmö Cleantech City Day 9/12. But do not hesitate there are limited pitch slots.

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Nordic Power Converters starts deliveries

Cleantech Scandinavia Top-25 startups are better startups – We have the proff! Another indication is the news we just recived from Nordic Power Convertors:

With the $2M investment secured during the summer, Nordic Power Converters have shifted a gear or two up. The company have entered the first contract to deliver 50.000 LED drivers to HeSaLight. The team have expanded to 11 full time employees that are now working hard to get the first product out.

Nordic Power Convertors were the no.1 winner of last round of Nordic Cleantech Open.

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Fourdeg receives funding and wins more awards

Cleantech Scandinavia Top-25 startups are better startups – We have the proff! Another indication is the news we just recived from Fourdeg:

1.       Fourdeg financing round is now completed. Fourdeg raised 250 000 € private financing from Finnish venture capitalist and business angels on Oct 21st 2015. After the successful piloting period during winter 2014/2015 the raised financing will now enable Fourdeg to start shipping the pre-orders to customers and further develop the business in Scandinavia.
2.       Fourdeg has won two major startup events during 2015. On October 23rd 2015 Fourdeg won KasvuOpen startup growth planning competition among over 300 startups in Jyväskylä Finland. On May 27th 2015 Fourdeg won the Arctic15 pitching competition in Helsinki Finland.

Fourdeg is Espoo Finland based smart heating startup making better quality heating with less energy, currently specializing on district heating. The solution is based on internet of things architecture and smart energy efficiency algorithms cloud software.

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Press release WWF Climate Solvers call for action

Here is the press release from WWF regarding our cooperation. See also the text on our web page and on Climate Solvers web page.

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WWF Climate Solver and Nordic Cleantech Open in new cooperation

When we talk to entrepreneurs and tell them the benefits of applying to Nordic Cleantech Open we often hear that it sounds all great but they do not have the time to enter all these competitions. This is why we think it makes sense to join forces with other initiatives. This year we join forces with non-less than the WWF Climate Solver initiative. Climatesolver.org is a climate innovations portal developed by WWF. The objective is to strengthen the development and to increase the use of transformative technologies, which have a great potential to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and increase energy access around the globe. All Nordic Cleantech Open applicants from Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway now have the opportunity to also become WWF Climate Solver entrepreneurs 2016 with the same application.

  • Yes that is correct, by applying to the Nordic Cleantech Open you also apply to WWF Climate Solvers if you are eligible!

 

We are very happy about this solution and think it will strengthen both initiatives and, more importantly, make things easier for the entrepreneurs.

Already last year we cooperated with Malmö Cleantech City Award and this cooperation continues. The Jury for this years Malmö Cleantech City Award includes most important real estate actors in southern Sweden and again: It is the same application!

This means that by applying to Nordic Cleantech Open you also, if eligible, apply to both these two great initiatives.

We are very proud and honoured to have set up cooperation with WWF Climate Solvers and it feels great to be able to include the panda logo in our communication from now on.

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