During the second edition of the Nordic Cleantech Open competition we received applications from 97 companies. Our jury graded the companies on three different criteria; their innovation, their market and their ability to execute. After this process was finished we summed up the results to create the list of the 25 most promising Nordic Cleantech start-ups. Below are short descriptions of these companies. If you want to know more please download the top 25 publication (PDF).
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Aquiloz – top 10 Finalist
Aquiloz is developing the next generation of wind power prediction and trading information system. The Aquiloz system use computational fluid dynamics – CFD models combined with both production forecasting, risk assessment and decision support tools. The system will deploy plug-ins and adaptors in order to be integrated with the customers existing systems.
Asema Electronics manufactures consumer terminals and wireless controllers. Asema E electricity saver is a touchscreen display that offers an integrated Home Area Network gateway, home automation, per appliance power measurement, tariff driven home appliance control, and smart meter integration in one device.
Black Silicon Solar – Third price winner
Black Silicon Solar develops a nanotechnology process for improving silicon solar cells in a cost-efficient way. Focusing on cost reduction rather than improving efficiency Black Silicon Solar has developed an alternative texturing process that reduce production cost, production time, use of toxic chemicals and use of silicon.
Carbatt offer a solution to power electric vehicles based on a new unique nano-cell solid-state battery. The battery delivers energy densities above 30 times that of lithium batteries. This makes the electric vehicle not just competitive but superior to any combustion engine driven vehicle both in performance, range and cost.
Cell-reinforcement is a new, unique reinforcement method for concrete, asphalt and other materials. The Cell-reinforcement produced by Cellfab uses 75% less steel than traditional reinforcement. Cell-reinforcement also strengthens the structure and has better pressure- and crack distribution. The method can reduce labour costs with more than 50%.
CentriClean Systems offers its innovative technology, PowerSwirl® for industrial air filtration, based on a development of the traditional cyclone technology. A high separation efficiency over a wide flow range means that the technique can be used where conventional cyclones have not previously been used, eg for flue gas cleaning.
Danish Power Systems
The fuel cells from Danish Power Systems deliver efficient, clean and renewable energy. Danish Power Systems develops the critical component, the membrane electrode assembly, which facilitates the electrochemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Danish Power Systems is able to control very complicated parameters to achieve desired qualities as one of very few companies in the world.
Ekobalans offers sustainable solutions in the handling of nutrient rich residues such as sewage sludge, biogas digestate, manure and bio energy ashes. The nutrients in the residues are extracted by Ekobalans in a patented process and refined into high quality recycled alternatives to artificial fertilizers that do not carry a ballast of heavy metals and harmful organic substances.
Ekolite converts Waste to Value when making composite materials from biomass and industrial wastes. The manufacturing technology is very resource efficient. Ekolite will commercialize new modified biofuel ash based geopolymers for infrastructures and new natural fibre composites for thermal, acoustic and fire insulating materials.
Enercomp’s solution reduces energy consumption of industrial pumping and fan systems. Information is gathered from the pumps by a wireless sensor system. Based on this a survey of the pump systems is established and the system can be optimised. The system covers all motor applications and the savings are easy and immediate.
Enevo offers a solution that gives waste management companies 20-40% savings in waste collection costs by optimizing their collection intervals, routes and equipment utilization. This is accomplished by using proprietary smart wireless fill level sensors and powerful online analytics software.
With the use of the new super material graphene, Lunavation has succeeded in producing a new type of lighting. The lighting component could be printed in a roll-to-roll process using a solution based and fully recyclable mixture of polymers. The technology is somewhat similar to OLEDs but could be printed over large surfaces, in ambient conditions.
MetGen – Third price winner
MetGen is developing and producing oxidase enzymes called Laccases. MetGens Laccases can be used in a number of industrial processes. One example of use are wood pre-treatment in pulp and paper mills where Laccases give a 15%-20% reduction of the energy consumption.
Based on inventions in the preparation of volume-efficient and durable adsorbents for gas separation, NeoZeo is offering novel solutions to tap the largest unexplored potential for producing raw biogas; the farms. NeoZeo will build biogas-upgrading modules suitable for small and mid-sized flows of raw biogas produced at farms, the oil wells of the future!
Numcore – Top 10 finalist
Numcore has developed a solution that increases the recovery in froth flotation processes. The solution enables automatic control of froth properties leading to a significant increase in recovery. It creates a 3D-image of the flotation cell and accurately measures stiffness and thickness of the froth via conductivity measurements.
Using Norseteks innovative concept wind turbine rotors can be built significantly lighter and larger than today. The method can save up to 40% of the rotor weight, and lower the fabrication costs significantly. The rotor blades are also sectioned near the middle! This enables easy transport of even larger wind turbines on small roads and by sea!
Orexplore is developing a portable, easy-to-use and extremely accurate equipment for analysing the composition of non-organic materials. It can for example detect hazardous heavy metals. The measurement is based on an innovative method combining two x-ray detection principles, fluorescence and transmission detection. The detection accuracy is unprecedented for an instrument in this category.
Pegasor – Top 10 finalist
The innovation of Pegasor is a sensor for continuous fine particle concentration monitoring. Pegasor already has a market presence in the automotive industry. This market will grow rapidly in the next few years as well as the market for indoor air, outdoor air and stack emission monitoring that Pegasor will also commercialize solutions for.
Re-Turn develops solvent-free coatings and gel coats in PUR and epoxy, reinforced with carbon nano-tubes. Applications are found in offshore, shipbuilding and wind energy. The carbon nano-tubes add strength and provide a lower surface roughness that translates into easier cleaning, less use of chemicals and lowering of the friction in water and air.
Reformtech – Top 10 finalist
The flame free catalytic combustion in ReformTechs unique catalytic heaters provides several advantages such as high fuel efficiency without any dangerous emissions. Among other advantages with this exciting technology is, the possibility to use different fuels, a directionally controllable heat radiation, low costs and robust performance.
Tomologic – First price winner
Tomologic offers a scalable optimization service online that benefits customers through cost savings without the need of any user interaction and initial investments. Tomologic has developed a technology that optimize sheet metal cutting. The process reduces scrap from raw material in this energy intensive industry up to 50%.
Ultranat – Second price winner
Ultranat has developed and protected a unique method for processing ash. The method enables ash from biomass fuel power plants to be processed into valuable products. The micronutrients are separated and used for fertilizers and animal feed. The remaining parts, i.e. the body part of ash, consists of purified silicate fractions, which have several applications.
Vasasensor- Top 10 finalist
Vasasensors thin sensor units enable optimization of production processes during full speed. This is a solution for the needs of the paper industry to better control dewatering in the press section of the paper machines. Only 1% more efficient dewatering in the press leads to 4 % increased production or 4% less steam consumption.
With an efficiency of about 80-90% and integrated CO2 capture the ZEG-technology represents a truly revolutionary energy technology concept. The ZEG-technology produces both electricity and hydrogen with integrated CO2 capture less expensive than today. In addition there are no other emissions, and the technology is flexible with respect to fuels.
Zemission – Top 10 finalist
Zemissions product is a multi-fuel, zero emission burner system for heating systems in Electric and Hybrid vehicles. Due to the absence of heat from a combustion engine, heating the interior of these is a problem. Electrical heating reduces the driving range of up to 50%. The Zemission burner is outstanding for this application. It does not reduce the range, it is silent, and it is Zero Emission.