The industry of eco-startups or “green start-up companies” is actively developing in the world today. Eco-friendly products and services are becoming more and more popular with people who want to be healthy. This growth is driven by several factors, including increased awareness of environmental issues, and growing consumer and commercial interest in environmentally friendly products. Many companies are also looking to implement environmental initiatives in order to comply with the requirements of the EU taxonomy. You can read more about agriculture and EU taxonomy here.
7 eco-startups that can make the world greener for all of us
People’s interest in saving the planet and eating healthy foods creates great opportunities for green or sustainable start-ups that use advanced technologies to create innovative products and provide services that are good for the environment. Let’s look at some of these eco-startups.
Switzerland-based startup Energy Vault team claims to have developed the world’s only cost-effective gravity-based energy storage system. It does not depend on the features of the terrain above the ground or the geology below the ground. Chemical batteries, which are the most common form of energy storage in the world today, degrade over their lifetime. As a result, these systems are subject to disposal, which can lead to the release of toxic waste into the environment.
A sustainable alternative system created by Energy Vault can last 30-35 years in the field. It delivers 80% to 90% efficiency (competitive with batteries) and costs far less per kilowatt-hour than the hydro accumulators on which the company’s technology is based.
The gravity energy storage system works with cranes that lift, swing, and lower massive concrete weights to store and release energy.
Despite the active creation of alternative battery options, such as the Energy Vault system, batteries will still remain the main way to store energy for some time. Singapore-based startup Green Li-Ion has created the world’s first deep-cleaning technology that completely recycles lithium-ion batteries.
The startup has developed a technology that makes the process of recycling lithium-ion batteries faster. At the same time, this method is less expensive and allows extracting manganese, cobalt, nickel, and other metals from batteries in order to use them in new products. Green Li-Ion technology could make lithium-ion batteries much more practical and environmentally friendly until alternative energy storage solutions are found.
Other companies are also looking to optimize the recycling of various materials. Colorado-based startup AMP Robotics is developing artificial intelligence (AI)-based robotic systems that are focused on the efficient sorting of recyclable materials. The startup idea is successful because its systems are much better at the task than existing technologies.
AMP Robotics uses patented artificial intelligence robots to sort recyclables faster and cheaper than a human can. In addition, robots can be adapted to sort virtually anything that can be recycled, including more complex materials such as mixed plastics and bricks. Moreover, robots can be incorporated into existing recycling center workflows.
Sustainable nutrition is just as important to the environment as sustainable energy and recycling. Startup-Cultured Decadence from Wisconsin, intends to change the seafood industry. The problem is that the ocean’s reserves are being depleted at an unsustainable rate. The startup intends to change that by creating North America’s first cell-grown lobster meat. The meat is raised in a safe, controlled environment in a nutrient-rich solution. (www.atticsandmore.com)
The end product tastes like real meat and is cheaper and more nutritious than supermarket seafood. In addition, this method eliminates the presence of shells, and it does not depend on unsustainable fishing methods. In the future, the startup plans to expand production to other types of shellfish.
Numerous other companies are also entering the organic food market. One is Australian startup Goterra, whose modular, decentralized, automated recycling facilities use larvae to consume food waste at the point of production and process it into useful products.
The decomposition process carried out by Goterra larvae is fully automated and takes place in autonomous capsules. The machines then transport, process, and thermally treat the waste, after which the robots remove the larvae, keeping them alive for further consumption of the waste. The company’s technology turns food waste into protein for use in pet food and animal feed. It also produces high-quality soil fertilizer.
Recycling pods can be placed anywhere where there is enough food waste generated to make their use worthwhile, such as restaurants, farms, hospitals, and hotels.
Thus, the process not only disrupts the logistics of traditional waste disposal but also creates a highly resistant insect protein from material that would otherwise go to a landfill.
Startup iFarm from Finland is the creator of modular automated greenhouses for the urban environment. Vertical farms and greenhouses are planned to be located directly in the urban environment. According to calculations, this will reduce the use of agricultural land, use land resources more efficiently, and reduce the carbon footprint, including due to the lack of delivery service (fresh salads, berries, and vegetables will grow in close proximity to the buyer), and instill more healthy habits to proper nutrition among the population of cities. The result of the farms will be fresh, organic products without pesticides and fertilizers, grown to safety standards and in close proximity to the buyer.
Finnish startup Solar Foods has developed a program to make meat from air, electricity, and CO2. The team claims to have created the purest protein on the planet, from which meat will be produced. “Food of the future” will be created completely plant-based and will not differ in taste from the existing one.
Eco business is not only humane but also profitable. And many advanced businessmen understood this and began to actively decorate their businesses with eco-elements. It is not difficult to distinguish skillful imitators from truly “green” entrepreneurs – the latter strive for a result that brings not only financial benefits but also environmental benefits. However, if you want to track a company’s performance against green targets or strive for alignment with the EU taxonomy, you will need the help of professionals. Celsia provides customers with effective tools for reporting on the compliance of a company’s business with the EU taxonomy.