Sustainability innovation competition reveals a show of strength
Ten pioneering technologies are vying to gain access to investors in the annual edie Innovation Competition.
The emerging technologies show British and Irish designers are leading the field when it comes to tackling sustainability head on, and presenting ground-breaking products with real commercial potential. Entries range from vehicle design to building composites; energy storage to retail solutions.
The winner will be announced on May 17 at the UK’s largest energy, sustainability and resource efficiency event, edie Live, where finalists will be given the opportunity to present in the dedicated Innovation Zone to an invited audience of investors, venture capitalists and edie Live visitors.
The winner will receive a £6,000 support package courtesy of edie Live’s innovation partners CLT and Penningtons Manches. The competition is also supported by KTN and Forum for the Future.
The shortlist of 10 includes Flint Engineering’s replacement shelf for use in retail refrigeration and display cabinets, which could reduce running costs by more than 35%, and allows open-front display cabinets to meet running levels currently only achieved with closed-front units.
Meanwhile, Revaluetech’s innovative technology recycles mixed plastic waste to manufacture composites in place of concrete, wood and metal. The resulting inert composite products are virtually unbreakable and offer 60% weight saving compared with concrete counterparts.
Others include: Upside Energy’s ‘virtual energy store’ that enables the sale of balancing services to grid and distribution network operators and energy suppliers; Hevasure’s remote condition monitoring for heating and cooling systems; and a hybrid anaerobic digestion and microbial fuel cell system developed by Lindhurst Engineering.
edie content director Will Parsons said: “Innovation is vital to the survival and success of UK plc and the planet. Radical and disruptive change is needed in the way that materials and resources are used, and in how organisations do business. Innovation and emerging technologies are an essential building block for that sustainable future.
“The Innovation Zone showcases inventive emerging technologies which are pre-commercialisation but in the trial stages of development. The level of competition this year was fierce and left the judges with a tough task – whittling down the entries to a list that not only had a technology or solution with the potential to make a big impact, but also had a viable business case. We are really looking forward to announcing the winner at edie Live in Birmingham on May 17.”
The edie Live show at the NEC in Birmingham from 17-18 May, showcases the best in energy, sustainability, and resource efficiency technologies and practice. Visitors have free access to the exhibition hall, which houses an extensive collection of sustainability service and product providers. They can also book advice clinics, attend technology showcases, and benefit from a comprehensive seminar programme covering everything from renewable energy and behaviour change sessions, to case studies on funding and building asset value.
Full shortlist: Aceleron, Extreme Low Energy, Flint Engineering ltd, Hevasure Limited, Lindhurst Engineering Ltd, NVP Energy Ltd, Revalutech, Samad Power Ltd, Tevva Motors, Upside Energy.
Formerly known as Sustainability Live, edie Live takes place from 17-18 May at the NEC in Birmingham. For more information, visit: exhibition.edie.net