100 energy start-ups to exhibit innovations at World Energy Congress

photovoltaic system 2742306 1920A group of 100 fledgling firms from across the globe will showcase their innovative solutions that will help battle against climate change and improve energy efficiency

The fledgling firms were shortlisted as the ‘SET100’ earlier this year from a list of more than 450 nominees from 80 different countries. The Start Up Energy Transition (SET) Awards is a global initiative to reward and encourage pioneers in energy transition and climate protection.

Hi-tech mobile solar containers that can provide energy in remote parts of Africa, an alternative to firewood made of sugarcane waste and a driverless electric haulage vehicle - are among the impressive innovations the top 100 energy transition and climate protection start-ups will showcase at the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi,

The SET100 will give the 15,000-delegate audience at the World Energy Congress Abu Dhabi a glimpse into the future in the innovation hub area of the event.

One start-up firm, Einride, from Sweden, aims to provide transportation as a service, based on all-electric, autonomous vehicles, or "T-pods". Another, Zeleros from Spain, designs and develops new technologies that will allow electric hyperloop transportation to travel at 1000 km/h using renewable energy. While Glowee, from France, is using bioluminescence to produce light using certain living organisms such as fireflies, glow-worms, and marine organisms.

Many of the other innovations being showcased by the SET100 aim to bring clean energy solutions to some of the most remote and poorest communities in Africa and Asia.

Acacia Innovations in Kenya has created biomass briquettes, an alternative to firewood made of sugarcane waste, while Divine Bamboo based in Uganda, provides charcoal briquettes produced from local bamboo. Coolar, based in Germany, is working on a 100 per cent electricity-free and solar heat powered, water-based refrigerator to cool vaccines in remote hospitals that are off the grid.

The SET awards are presented by the German Energy Agency,dena, in co-operation with the World Energy Council and are part of Berlin’s annual Tech Festival.

Sponsored by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the innovation hub at the World Energy Congress 2019 is dedicated to showing the SET100 products and services and the business models behind them.

Other impressive start-ups in the SET100 include DCX of Poland, which delivers liquid cooling solutions for IT and telco infrastructure, helping to reduce the power needed for cooling by roughly 50 per cent. Laava Tech, from USA, has developed a combination of software and hardware that enables significant energy decrease for indoor farming.

Nanvio of Sweden is a cleantech start-up with a patent-pending nanotechnology which can purify wastewater to enable household water recycling to save energy. Pyro-E, from USA, has an electromechanical device that can extract energy from low-frequency, intermittent vibrations befitting of buildings, train rails, oil/gas pipelines, and more.

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