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26 EIT Community solutions recognised in MI 100 Global High Impact listing

EIT Community MI High Impact list

26 EIT Community supported ventures and projects recognised in the Mission Innovation 100 Global High Impact Solutions.

Each solution was selected for its climate mitigation potential of over 10 megatons or having strategic importance for 1.5C compatible strategies – with the 100 solutions having a combined potential impact of three gigatons. 

The top 100 high-impact climate solutions were presented at the MI-4 Ministerial yesterday in Vancouver, where the 24 Mission Innovation (MI) member states together with the European Commission. High profile MI members such as the World Economic Forum, the Bill Gates Breakthrough Energy Ventures and the World Bank met for their fourth annual gathering.

Together, the 100 solutions and 15 framework explorers have the potential to reduce almost three gigatons of CO2 emissions by 2030. The accumulative climate impact of these start-ups is therefore enormous.

From the 26 EIT Community solutions on the top 100 list, 19 are supported by EIT Climate-KIC, six by EIT InnoEnergy and one by EIT Digital. This shows the breadth and impact of the EIT Community portfolio, illustrating the large, positive impact the solutions can have in a concrete ways. 

19 EIT Climate-KIC supported projects and start-ups

  • Climathon Project Triply (Austria) focuses on dynamically generated mobility solutions and transport concepts for events and locations.
  • Climathon Project Heat Harvest (Austria) addresses the need for cooling in urban hot spots. Heat Harvest intends to cool pavements and building walls which are directly exposed to sunlight with water cooling lines directly enclosed in concrete or asphalt.
  • Climathon Project AiM (Austria) wants to reduce business trips through a virtual information assistant, who informs about saved money, time and CO2 emissions when avoiding or optimising trips.
  • Climathon Project Homeway (Austria) is built around an app that identifies which flat to rent to minimise travel.
  • Desert Control’s (Norway) patented mixing process, Liquid NanoClay (LNC) combines clay and water and is then spread onto sandy soil. It enables the soil to retain water, turning desert into fertile soil. 
  • Donkey Republic (Denmark) developed a bike sharing platform that connects rentable bikes with users by utilizing a mobile app and an electronic ring lock placed on the bike.
  • Ecoligo (Germany) provides a fully financed solar-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for businesses in emerging markets. By providing a digital platform for financing and delivering solar projects, ecoligo aims to remove the barriers that prevent such projects from being realised. 
  • Green Urban Data (Spain) produces software that monitors and measures temperature at neighbourhood level, locating the most vulnerable areas and offering recommendations for action to stabilize the temperature in those areas. 
  • Heliac’s (Denmark) innovative solar collectors and panels generate heat using lenses that focus on sunlight in the same way as a magnifying glass. Their solution produces utility-scale heat, with a 2 MV solar field already in operation in Denmark.
  • Hexafly (United Kingdom) are developing new material sources for the aqua feed, chitin and plant nutrition industries from the sustainable farming of insects. Their aim is to bring an insect farming revolution to the world and find smart ways to feed the planet. 
  • Matter (Denmark, former Penstable) is a fintech-start-up specialising in sustainable investments in the pension industry. Their product is based on a digital platform that allows users, to track financial aspects, as well as the positive impact their pension savings can have on the environment.
  • NÜWIEL (Germany) has developed and built an electric bicycle trailer that automatically follows the movement of the bicycle without the cyclist feeling the load of the trailer or the cargo.
  • Q-Bot (United Kingdom) have developed what they claim is the first affordable and fully accredited solution for the retrofit of insulation to suspended floors. The solution works by using a robotic vehicle to insulate the underside of suspended timber floors in-situ. 
  • Refurbed (Germany) is a marketplace for refurbished electronics. Their aim is to make sustainable living affordable to all members of society by allowing consumers to easily buy refurbished equipment.
  • Solatom (Spain) is a solar concentrator designed for generating high temperature heat (steam, hot water or thermal oil) in industrial processes. Solatom’s modules are formed by rows of mirrors that track the sun, reflecting the sunlight on a vacuum tube. 
  • SpindDrive (Finland) provides design and prototyping of high-speed electrical drive trains and serial production of active magnetic bearings. Their solution increases process efficiency by up to 10 per cent.
  • TotalCtrl (Norway) developed a software based on automatic data harvesting for the grocery industry to reduce food waste at the retail and consumer levels.
  • Twingz (Germany) detects potential fire and/or water damage before it occurs and provides a fully transparent picture of energy consumption by monitoring individual appliances based on the end-user’s electricity and water meters.
  • Zeleros's (Spain) Hyperloop system is a new means of ground transportation that can carry passengers and cargo at speeds up to 1 000 km/h inside low-pressure tubes. 

These novel companies represent a new business norm including both a high contribution to the green transition and a global scalable market opportunity. A lot of the companies are already very successful in the markets, while others are entering and changing the markets as we speak.

Mikkel Trym, Entrepreneurship Lead, EIT Climate-KIC

Six EIT InnoEnergy supported start-ups 

  • Eco-Tech Ceram (France) has produced ceramic materials with great thermal properties. The materials have been used to develop a new heat recovery method–EcoStock. Eco-Stock is a turnkey eco-efficient thermal storage solution for high-temperature thermal applications.
  • EP Tender (France) is a company providing services relevant in the area of electrical mobility. They produce light trailer, which carries a range extender for electric vehicles. 
  • Ferroamp (Sweden)  have developed a flexible inverter called ‘EnergyHUb’ that enables a flexible integration of photo voltaic systems, energy storage, small-scale wind and electric car charging. 
  • Meva Energy provides modularised and pre-manufactured turn-key gasification systems to generate renewable industrial gas or power based on small fraction fuels.  The technology converts solid biomass to renewable biogas or to combined heat and power (CHP). 
  • Phoenix Biopower's (Sweden) technology has a completely different thermodynamic process, than the established technology for bio power. The fuel is gasified under high pressure together with steam. The gas formed then drives a gas turbine where steam is used to optimise combustion. 
  • SolarWorX (Germany) has developed a modular solar solution for households and small businesses in off-grid areas. Each system can accommodate a 80Wh or 160 Wh battery and two 50W solar panels. 

EIT Digital Mobile Backhaul Innovation Activity

  • BT (United Kingdom) developed a methodology to quantify the carbon benefits associated with super-fast broadband (fibre-optic residential internet access), which is driving the uptake of digital distribution of goods and services. This also includes reduction in personal travel by moving to online transactions. The avoided carbon emissions include: the reduction in embodied carbon from the dematerialisation of CDs, DVDs, games, books, newspapers and mail and transport emissions savings from personal travel reductions associated with shopping. 

About Mission Innovation

MI is a global initiative consisting of 24 countries and the European Commission. The initiative was launched at the Paris Climate Conference  COP21 in 2015, where world leaders came together and committed to the ambitious targets set out in the Paris Agreement.

MI member states represent 60 per cent of the world’s population, 70 per cent of GDP and 80 per cent of government investment in clean energy research.

For a full list of the 100 high-impact solutions and their descriptions, visit the MI 100 Solutions website.