Sustainability Live 2015 announces edie Innovation Zone finalists
Sustainability Live is delighted to announce the industry-changing technologies that will be on show in the edie Innovation Zone at the event next month (April 21-23 at the NEC, Birmingham). The edie Innovation Zone, supported by the Knowledge Transfer Network, is an exciting new feature at this year’s Sustainability Live which will showcase the newest emerging technologies in the trial stages of development.
The selected technologies - which range from generating energy from ‘rubbish’ plastic bags to mass-market rainwater harvesters - were selected by an independent steering committee and will be presented in a dedicated area of the exhibition.
Amanda Barnes, chief executive at Sustainability Live organiser Faversham House, said: “We are delighted to recognise and showcase some of the truly cutting-edge technologies that are about to enter the sustainability market. These pre-commercialised products are the result of countless hours of research and development from teams across the country and we believe this shortlist has true potential to change the industry. The Innovation Zone is just one of a wide range of educational and free-to-attend show features that visitors can access at the event this April.”
The Innovation Zone short-list
Warwick FBR: Solving the waste plastic crisis
47 million tons of plastic waste is produced in the EU every year – of which only 14% is recovered and only 19% burned to recover its energy. An enormous plastic waste legacy now exists in our oceans and landfills. Recycling Technologies Ltd has developed Warwick FBR, a solution for the mixed plastic waste crisis, which transforms plastic into an energy-rich hydrocarbon commodity called Plaxx. The process reduces it to the molecular level and removes additives and contaminants, to produce a clean pure hydrocarbon to replace virgin crude oil and gas supplies.
iViTi AdrON: Balancing stress to the grid during peak energy periods
Energy security and affordability are key challenges on the horizon. ViTi AdrON is a green, undisruptive solution to grid energy smoothing and balancing issues during peak demand times. The AdrON is an LED light that can detect excessive pressure on a grid in real time and then automatically and undetectably switch to its own internal batteries. The frequency monitoring technology allows the light to revert back to mains power when a grid gets back to ‘normal’. The batteries then also recharge, mopping up excess energy during times of grid surplus.
Hydromentum Systems: Cost-effective rainwater harvesting and flood prevention
All businesses are exposed to the impacts of extreme weather brought on by climate change. Yet the steps to mitigate the risks are often costly in terms of carbon, energy and time. Hydromentum Systems offers a cost-effective, mass-market rainwater harvesting system ready for large-scale adoption by water utilities, housing developers and property owners. It allows the long distance transport of rainwater from large roofs to storage and features a zero energy water treatment system, so rainwater is automatically cleaned for reuse.
TurboClaw: Capturing the energy in steam
Steam is produced in a wide range of industrial processes, from potato-chip frying to paper manufacturing. Unless there is a ready requirement for the low-grade steam after it has been produced, it is usually discarded, despite still containing vast quantities of energy. The TurboClaw steam compressor, produced by Dynamic Boosting Systems, allows low-grade waste steam to be recompressed up to a useful temperature and pressure. It uses up to 12 times less energy than the production of 'fresh' steam using a boiler.
P Sensor: Preventing phosphate pollution episodes and enabling phosphorus resource recovery
Demand for phosphorus has reached unsustainable levels and it’s predicted that world reserves could become exhausted in the next 150 years. Very little is known about the phosphorous life cycle, with most discharged in the oceans at such a diluted level that is impractical to recover and re-use. At the moment phosphorous detection is expensive and time consuming. This new technology will bring to market a phosphate sensor that can replace existing laborious and complex methodologies.
Topolytics: Mapping the power of waste
Companies are increasingly being challenged and regulated to improve the way they measure waste, emissions and resource use and are having to become more accountable about their performance. Topolytics is a unique software platform that brings together technologies used in the geo-spatial industry and data analytics, applying them to environmental monitoring, management and reporting.
Novagg: Creating building supplies from landfill
Novagg is the world's greenest lightweight aggregate. A versatile building material used in construction, particularly lightweight concrete, it is made from 98% waste diverted from landfill. The waste materials are mixed, pelletised and transformed into a new, safe to use and fully recyclable product. Novagg straddles the supply chain offering solutions to waste producers, collectors and re-processors, as well as to construction material manufacturers and their customers.