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Company's potential clients do not know their CO2 footprint, are not aware of how much CO2 they could save daily by recycling their waste and therefore cannot make a conscious decision to reuse and recycle (compared to using virgin materials or burning/landfilling waste).
By understanding how much CO2 a company can save just by sending materials to recycling (compared to buying virgin materials or burning/landfilling leftovers) will give motivation to sort and decrease CO2 emission + in global perspective it helps to solve one of the biggest global challenges – CLIMATE WARMING.
RAGN-SELLS is looking for a solution to automatically calculate one’s CO2 footprint.
The Company is looking for new usages of biocomponents of the future: novel near native lignin and cellulosic sugars.
In their demo factory, each day we have tons of near native lignin and cellulosic sugars available as a result of our innovative production process which convert almost all (over 90%) of the hardwood into usable high value biomaterials and bioproducts. This breakthrough enables companies to produce a diversity of products and establish novel bio-based value chains with low ecological footprint. Almost everything that is made from oil today could alternatively be made from wood in the future. Therefore, this is a challenge and opportunity for the whole range of industries that are using oil as raw material and production component today.
GRAANUL BIOTECH is looking for companies who would use the pure lignin and cellulosic sugars from their demo factory as input into their own products in different industries.
Surface energy loss from white cement kilns is approx. 15-20% of the energy input to the kilns. Annually this equals approx. 1200TJ of energy or almost 20% of the total district heating energy in the city of Aalborg.
The surface loss from cement kilns is high and is not captured for other purposes.
AALBORG PORTLAND is looking for solutions to prevent energy from leaving the kiln tube and/or solutions to utilize this energy for district heating, ORC systems, electromechanical cells, etc.
The CO2 emissions from the fuel combustion in white cement produciton amounts to approx. 680000t per year, which is a substantial amount of CO2.
AALBORG PORTLAND is looking for more efficient, sustainable central heating solutions to reduce CO2 footprint from fuels in white cement production e.g. biomass.
The CO2 emission from grey cement production amounts to almost 500000 t per year of which app. 2/3 originates from the preheating and chalk calcination (CaCO3->CaO+CO2).
On longer term the calcination technology will be expanded to calcining clay where clay is heated to a temperature of app. 850 where the clay is activated and becomes reactive in combination with cement.
AALBORG PORTLAND is looking for electrical energy solutions to generate sufficient heat for the calcining process (chalk or clay).
Solving this problem is perfectly aligned with Sustainable Development Goal #6.
In Europe, we don’t consider paying for water after consumption as buying on credit. In Africa, millions of Africans need clean water, but don’t have enough credit to consume before paying for their water.
Additionally, in some countries in Africa utilities waste up to 80% of their fresh, clean, drinkable water on its way to the consumer. Working with South African and Ghanese water utilities have shown that they can get massive advantages out of smart metering, not only for correct billing but importantly to minimize Non-Revenue-Water, lost in pipes or stolen. Kamstrup will gain access to an unserved market with a business model that allows consumers to get clean water, utilities to get paid and, with data, solve their NRW problems.
KAMSTRUP is looking for solutions in the water cycle from transportation to billing for Africa.
Water utilities that want to get accurate and frequent data from their water meters have to manually drive by all the locations they want data from, or they have to install costly permanent infrastructure like antennas. This drives up cost of getting data to the utility, in turn driving up cost of water to consumers.
The gain for utilities is that when they have frequent data they can much easier locate leaks in their water distribution network etc. Frequent data will enable the utility to do more data analysis and be able to act proactively, in turn driving the price of water down.
KAMSTRUP is looking for solutions (e.g. drive-by robots, gamification) for engaging consumers in collecting data.
Water is currently a limited resource, and potentially a global problem in societies in regions (Africa, California etc.). In 2018 the 3 year long drought crisis ended in Cape Town, but the risk of running out of water is still lurking.
Utilities need to reduce water usage with consumers.
Additionally water utilities can save cost by moving consumption away from peak periods (morning/early evening) and can benefit from a change in consumer behavior.
Kamstrup wants to engage end-users in daily interaction and/or thinking about their water usage in a way that makes them use/waste less water in a dialy basis.
KAMSTRUP is looking for solutions to engage consumer for conscious use of water.
There’s an expectation among Smart Home users that the smart meter data is their data, and that they should be able to access their data in real time.
We don’t know the extent of this problem. Most utilities mention that consumers have expressed interest and expectations, but the numbers are low.
With the rise of in-house bots like Alexa and Google Assistant, consumers are slowly warming to the idea of using those devices to save money and not just entertain themselves. This is also integrated part of the Google Smart Home strategy.
KAMSTRUP is looking for integrated smart solutions at homes with other digital assistants like Google home, Alexa, etc. to allow customers to get knowledge about daily consumption.
There’s a growing demand for sub-metering solutions for retrofitting meters, which means that apartment building operators are renovating older buildings and need to add meters either to follow regulations or to provide better service to tenants.
Reducing the time it takes to install smart water meter is a significant cost driver when rolling out smart meters.
Perhaps AI/ML can give a good enough calculation based on data from clamp-on meters to satisfy utilities or building operators? This we need to find out.
KAMSTRUP is looking for affordable clamp-on Meter for the Retrofit Market.
Relevant for most water and heat utilities globally. Utilities may know when pipes and other assets were installed in the past, but they don’t know how a given pipe section are performing in real-time.
This makes it difficult to prioritize investments in their pipe network, often causing them to spend millions on what they expect will need renovating and not what actually needs renovating.
This fact means that leaks and poorly insulated heat pipes are not fixed, which leads to huge loses both financially and resource-wise.
KAMSTRUP is looking for utilities based on Augmented Reality to grid real-time visualization.
The maritime industry is trying to become more sustainable and cleaner as regulations are becoming tight and end customers are pushing to the supply chain emission reduction and environmental safeguard (for example CO2 reduction, ballast water treatment). We, as maritime OEM, need to work on this direction to sustain our customers’ journey (shipowners/ship operators) in the most effective and sustainable manner.
We can’t deliver a proper IoT environmentally friendly engine room equipment/service for the maritime industry specifically for ship owners/ship operators
ALFA LAVAL is looking for IoT solutions for engine room equipment/service in the maritime industry.
Homeowners and dwellers who currently are reliant on individual solutions, with the responsibilities of maintenance, investments and management that follows, further the decentralized nature of individual heating lacks the specialized and energy conserving features of (pseudo)centralizes solutions.
Internally E.ON has issues with low density housing areas, where district heating is inefficient and unprofitable. With a scalable and reliable deployment solution, micro-grids could be accessible for houses in these areas.
E.ON is looking for efficient and cheaper solutions for district heating specially for low density housing areas.
Many houses don’t have central heating, and it’s too expensive to install. In Denmark the lack of a better central heating solutions holds a considerable problem for less expensive houses especially, yet in the rest of the world central heating is yet to become standard and a solution to installation of central heating could be very beneficial.
E.ON can’t transfer heat and cool from cooling surfaces (radiator or floor heating or aircondition) without central heating or air tunnels.
E.ON is looking for more efficient central heating solutions.
E.ON face difficulty in storing energy for private house owners in a “neat” way. It feels huge and cumbersome to install in the home.
If E.ON are to overcome the current plans to electrify individual heating, the electricity grid becomes a bottleneck, heat storage can flatten the curve. The problem is universal to communities that wish to have post-combustion heat production.
E.ON is looking for (nice-looking) heat and energy storage techniques, and systems with user-friendly technology.
Most homeowners are conservative, and don’t feel the urge or need to renovate or energy-optimize the building mass. High expenses and slow recoupment periods is the most cited reason for this issue.
E.ON wants to make it understandable and tangible could include users in decision making. User behavior and investment, both monetary and habitual is the most limiting factor to sustainable changes in homes.
E.ON is looking for solutions for motivate/engage the user in energy saving processes and actions (it could be tracking or monetization processes).
The fans and heat pumps for existing solutions are not efficient or sustainable when cooling houses in low density areas.
Innovation have seen a deadlock for a while, which have left conventional cooling methods reach a plateau, globally cooling demands have increased yet technologies haven’t.
E.ON have experienced with cooling via radiators and floor heat. E.g. turbo radiator or radiator with embedded fan.
E.ON is looking cooling solutions for households via radiators and floor heat in transfering energy from surface to space.
There is a general problem in the heating sector in burning various fuels. The production is creating pollution, which is not profitable. And supply lines are a hassle. Another issue is splitters flying into private homes, in the docks etc. which is non-sustainable.
Combustion have been the human heat sources since the dawn of time. But new fuels, combustion methods etc. may revolutionize heating.
E.ON is looking for new sustainable solutions for heating e.g. using electricity.
It’s hard to distribute heat ventilation and air cooling (HVAC). Water is the best transfer medium in these nets, and the only medium E.ON use in distribution grids. But it’s pricy.
E.ON is looking for alternative solutions than water to prevent corrosive Heating /Air-cooling systems e.g. in heat ventilation and air cooling.
Ørsted is looking for innovative green solutions in offshore wind energy.
Marius Pedersen is looking for technical solutions and/or digitalization which can improve their sorting and recycling process of commercial and citizen (municipality) waste, including composite materials like fiberglass, carbonfiber, etc.
Danfoss is looking for the future of electric motor technologies and topologies, and the control of these motors via the next generation of power electronics. The focus should be on high efficiency, integrated systems on a competitive cost level.
Danfoss is looking for the improved large inverters in the energy grid of the future.
Decarbonization achievements result in an increment of renewable energy production and further electrification of energy consumptions. These trends have as downside that they contribute to increased stress on the energy grid due to disparity in production and consumption times. Inverters are used to connect energy production, storage and consumers to the grid (examples: Solar Inverter, Battery Converter, Variable Frequency Drive). How can they contribute to reduce stress and improve the balance on the energy grid? Which technologies on hardware side enable these solutions and which activities are there on the software and control side?