Energy & Utilities
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Hydro, solar, wind. Using sustainable technologies to connect the world to efficient and renewable resources is the focus of the Pioneers Ecosystem “Energy & Utilities.” Combatting climate change and creating energy with cutting-edge utilities that can even be off the grid. “Download” water, power-up your electric car, use glowing plants and wifi lamps. Creating a low-to-zero carbon footprint for a better tomorrow.
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Exploration & Production
Refinery & Marketing
Infrastructure & Distribution
Waste Management & Recycling
Pioneers Ecosystem expert
Danielle Fong is a writer, inventor, engineer, and scientist. She is cofounder and chief scientist of LightSail Energy, a mentor for the Thiel 20 Under 20 fellowship, and an advisor to several startups in greentech and physical technologies. She has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 as the 2012 standout in the Energy category (as well as making the 2013 list). She is one of our experts for Energy & Utilities Ecosystem and also attended Pioneers Festival 2014.Watch her keynote at PF14
Pioneers of Energy & Utilities
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Energy & Utilities Forum
7 Ecosystems – 7 Sessions
A new format at Pioneers Festival 2016. Follow the pitches of leading startups in each respective session, get informed about Corporate-Startup collaboration and discover new hot topics. The Ecosystem Forum also provides great networking opportunities to build relevant business relationships with participants interested in the respective ecosystem.
Energy & Utilities Forum
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May 24, 2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Recommended for corporates, investors, and startups equally. Startups up to 10M funding please contact our partnership team if you want to pitch and exhibit.
Meet the 500 most promising early-stage tech startups. Check out the 10 finalists from this ecosystem and find the full list here .
Wavetube is developing an innovative solution to produce renewable energy from the motion of ocean waves. The concept behind Wavetube's solution is based on a sealed hull structure that floats on the ocean surface. It consists of three interconnected parallel chambers. Fundamentally, electricity is generated by utilising traditional hydropower plant and control methods. Wave motions are used to excite the device to the incoming waves. These motions cause an inner volume of fresh water to transition between the chambers and through turbines that are located in the middle chamber. A 10 MW wave energy farm will be able to provide about 8,000 households with clean, renewable energy from our oceans. The concept is based on Reliability, Durability and Cost-Efficiency We have a significant potential in reducing the cost for undertaking maintenance. Wavetube aims at a cost-of-energy less than 10 cEUR per kWh, making it competitive to other renewable energy sources, e.g. solar and wind.
BattSwap. Fast and cheap battery swap system for electric cars. Solves both, long charging times and high purchase price of electric cars. BattSwap brings complex solution. It changes the battery within 30 seconds. Removable battery enables initial price drop of the electric car for the customer.
FDX Fluid Dynamix GmbH
The OsciJet nozzle is the all-rounder for your process. Based on fluidic oscillators these small-scale devices emit a spatially oscillating jet at high velocity and frequency. The core innovation of the nozzle is the ability to impart an oscillatory movement to a fluid flow at extremely high frequencies without any moving part. This results in an up to 15x better mixing quality with the surrounding fluid compared to a conventional nozzle. Moreover, the high shear forces, induced by the dynamic effects, allow for very small droplet sizes in spray and atomization applications. Thus, the application of the OsciJet nozzle is an excellent alternative to ensure a superior mixing quality with low supply pressures and without moving parts. And the best is that the device is reliable, durable, and scalable.
Rada Building is a civil engineering startup. We're developing breakthrough sustainable building concept that is: 1. fully solar-powered 2. optimized for mass production 3. rapidly constructed The aim is configurable global product that is simply the result of combining great design, the power of software and best practices from more advanced industries like automotive. We should be building and living in buildings worthy of 21st century. Neither is the case. We want to change and influence it.
Swedish Algae Factory
Swedish Algae Factory develops products and services from cultivation of diatoms. Nutritional wastewater is purified by algae in a carbon dioxide absorbing process. In the process, a renewable oil and a nano-porous silica material that can be used in several different applications is produced as well as recycled organic fertilizer.
vision is to make renewable energy available 24/7 and empower new possibilities everywhere. The VoltStorage battery (size of a small refrigerator) is set up at your home, where the electricity from solar panels is produced and used. With a novel Flow Battery Technology, VoltStorage can achieve the most competitive price with its patent pending production process and set the highest safety standards for electricity storage in the market. The most important characteristic is the high number of cycles (10.000+) with no degradation of power over time. These features qualify the device for further applications: By connecting the single devices over the internet with a server-based platform, a virtual power plant – the VoltCloud – will be formed. The intelligent connection of the devices will help stabilizing the electric grid and allow to offer the VoltStorage at an unmatched price.
Indoor localization for home automation. Crownstone builds indoor localization into power outlets. Our AI combines data from the presence of people with their use of devices to switch lights and devices automatically. You can save energy by just walking out of a room!
Ingenious is a combination of beautifully designed hardware equipped with WiFi, RF and IR, iot service for integration with your existing connected products and a learning algorithm to save up to 15 % energy and one of the best user experience ever designed for a connected home product with features like 'point-to-control' and 'custom remote'
Skysense builds commercial-grade Drone Charging Stations and Turn-Key Solutions, based on proprietary technology, enabling businesses to deploy drones at scale, without human intervention. Skysense partners with enterprises at the forefront of the security, inspection, aerospace and defense markets.
- Bioo -
Creating electricity from plants' photosynthesis. Based on the production of plant pots to charge your phone with the power of a plant, Bioo's further target is focused on one square meter panels from which plants are able to grow producing from 3 to over 40 watts depending on the plant type and cares given. Just imagine the possibilities in farms, greens roofs, gardens and forests. A brand new future is ahead.
Everimpact is on a mission to solve Air Quality issues in Cities, by measuring and monetizing their CO2 emissions. We monitor CO2 emissions in realtime for cities, using an innovative combination of satellites and ground sensors. Our platform gives cities a turn-key solution to get accurate data to see how well their climate plans are working. The benefits for Cities is that they can generate yearly multimillion $ revenues from carbon pricing instruments. We have already seen a lot of interest in Everimpact, and partners include R-20 (Network of Cities and Regions making Everimpact's solution available to its network of Cities), space agencies like the ESA, GEO (Group on Earth Observations), the European Union (FIWARE top 15 startups, Accelerator FI-C3), and Energy companies. Link to a video explanation: https://vimeo.com/148248664
Over 1 billion tons of organic waste is generated annually in Europe alone. This waste is processed through biogas plants ( tanks, where waste is broken down by microorganisms into biogas and fertilizer in the absence of oxygen). Owners of biogas plants annually lose over € 2 billion due to long and incomplete processing and low biogas yield. We developed biomass pretreatment module that is installed as add-on on any biogas plant and improves both: biogas yield and plant throughput for only 5% of total plant cost. What is more, WiseSoil allows processing of previously unrecyclable materials. Module combines five pre-treatment stages in a single, energy-efficient unit: feedstock is dispersed, sterilized and deoxygenated. Combination of all these processes ensures fast & full digestion, and allows customer to get 1-year cashback period. Our customers are European owners and suppliers of biogas plants, overall market size is over €1 billion, and it is growing by 10 % a year.
All Pioneers500 startups will also participate in the Pioneers Challenge, competing to become Pioneer of the year. The hunt for the best is in partnership with: