WWF sees business innovations lending a hand against climate change

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Gland, Switzerland  – Apart from the political field  trying to champion the climate change issue, the increasing numbers of  innovative entrepreneurs are also on the urge of working on climate innovation.

Companies which succeed with their technologies were announced by WWF under its Climate Solvers program, acquiring both, opportunity for business and to fight against climate change.

Climate innovations do not specifically only involve mitigation activities.  Infrastructures that are able to provide renewables energy access solutions can also be included within the climate innovations endeavour.

Climate innovations are usually associated with mitigation activities however, infrastructures that are capable of providing renewables and anergy access solutions are also considered as climate change innovation.

The WWF’s Climate Solvers programme has already recognised top climate innovations in key countries.  While innovation work has emerged and implemented in Sweden for the past five years, it has been an widespread method which has expanded to the Europe region as well as Eastern Asia.  India making its step by announcing their initial selection of Climate Solver entrepreneurs in early 2013.

Obtained from the website, “The global market for clean technology manufacturing doubled between 2008 and 2011 to almost reach 200 billion Euros per year. By 2015, the clean tech sector is expected to rival the oil and gas equipment market, when the forecasted market size will be between €240 and 290 billion, says Samantha Smith, WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Initiative leader.”

“What we have experienced and witness this year should be seen as a wake up call on an urgent battle against climate change”.  With the increasing amount of CO2 emissions, we have directly imposed threats to nature  and starting to see the outcome of our actions which is the decimation of our surroundings.  As we are working along with political leaders by urging them to act upon climate change, we are also encouraging and support innovators.  ” says Samanta Smith”

Climate innovation provides a broad range of opportunities such business opportunity and poverty alleviation.  It is also about avoiding wastage and job generation which will radically reduce climate impact towards a better state within our society”, says WWF’s Innovations programme manager Stefan Henningsson.

He added “From a high-fossil-fuel economy to a clean renewable  energy economy requires a whole new of solution and services which will radically reduce climate impact.  There are multiples of solutions for such impact desired, however the question is how to employ them at speed and scale, globally.”

Policy makers would be able to make decisions in increasing ambition on reducing cuts so that innovations can grow and people could have  decent jobs if innovations are good business, says Henningsson.  Those who are playing a key role should take a proactive step in commercialising climate positive solutions presented by entrepreneurs.

Recognised inovations for this year:

  • Waved upfront costs for solar charged vehicles rental
  • Retrofit mortgage  for energy efficiency  in existing building stock;
  • Innovative solar cell manufacturing technology;
  • One stop shop for business/home info on renewable energy investments;
  • Smart storage battery charging;
  • Waste gas reuse for improved steel manufacturing
  • Financial & technologies aid for better access to cooking, lighting and charging in poor countries with the help of easily available renewable energy.

 

LIST OF CLIMATE SOLVER WINNERS BY COUNTRY

(Obtained from the WWF International website)

CHINA
Universal Energy Electrical Co. Ltd: Smart Self-Adaptive Storage Battery Charger
Universal Energy Electrical Co. Ltd: Smart Self-Adaptive Storage Battery Charger Electric cars are more and more a match for their fossil fuel counterparts in terms of comfort and performance. One of the main reasons they aren’t more prevalent is that compared with petrol stations, battery chargers aren’t common and the entire battery charging process can be slow. Universal Energy’s Smart Self-Adaptive Storage Battery Charger improves charging energy efficiency from a conventional 60%-85% up to 97%, which helps makes charging at least twice as fast as with traditional chargers. Further, the charger is only about 1/20th the weight of typical charging solutions with the same power output. Universal Energy’s chargers are currently used by the Chinese military, but with their high-performance characteristics, the company is hopeful they’ll receive strong interest from the private sector.

Wuhan Yunhe Dingyu Refrigeration Science & Technology Co. Ltd: Thermal-Chemical Absorption Refrigeration System
In China, refrigeration, from air conditioning to freezing, is a major consumer of electricity and hence emitter of carbon emissions. Beyond that, the commonly used refrigerants are much worse greenhouse gases than carbon dioxide. Yunhe’s Thermal-Chemical Absorption Refrigeration System replaces electricity as the power source with heat from diesel engine exhaust, industrial steam, or even solar energy. Further, it replaces substances with high global warming potential as the refrigerant with ammonia, and gets rid of electric compressors altogether. You can already find Yunhe technology in the air conditioners, ice makers, and freezers of some fishing boats.

China City Environment Protection Engineering Co. Ltd: LHVG Safe and Clean Power Generation System
China has grown into the world’s largest steel producer. And all that steel making produces vast amounts of chemical gases containing vast amounts of heat, which represents not only great wastage of chemical and thermal energy, but also air pollution. CCEP’s Low Heat Value Gas Safe and Clean Power Generation System can take these otherwise waste gases, combust them to create greater heat, and then drive a gas or steam turbine to produce power for the steelmaker. http://www.ccepc.com

Nanjing Xingfei Cooling Apparatus Co. Ltd: Hydrodynamic Cooling Tower
You’ve seen the huge cooling towers that dot China’s landscape marking a chemical plant, pulp and paper manufacturing, steel industry, power station or any other business that produces a large amount of waste heat. Many of these towers use electric fans to aid in the cooling process, and the electric fans add to power bills, are an added danger for workers, and emit carbon emissions with their power use. Xingfei’s Hydrodynamic Cooling Tower design is able to take full advantage of all the water already circulating in these cooling towers and use it to drive hydrodynamic fans, making electric fans completely unnecessary in the cooling process. http://www.njxingfei.com.cn

NETHERLANDS
Winner of the 3rd Dutch Cleantech Star Award:
Tempress: provides machinery and associated technology for the production of highly efficient solar cells. www.tempress.nl

SWEDEN
Waves4Power – Wave Buoy for Ocean Power –
An IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (2011) estimates a global technical potential of 500 GW for wave energy but this resource remains yet untapped.
www.waves4power.com

Heliospectra AB – L4A Efficient Greenhouse Lighting
An estimated 30 billion m2 of commercial greenhouses are used to produce vegetables, herbs and ornamentals globally. Using supplemental LED-based lighting uses the full spectrum of light, leading to increased yields per m2 in tailored light regimes whilst cutting energy consumption.
www.heliospectra.com

Solelia Greentech AB – Solar Charging for Electrical Vehicles
Today, the upfront investment in renewable energy and energy efficient technologies is often held as a major barrier for governments, companies and consumers to choose them. Solar PV and electrical vehicles are two examples of this. Solelia’s approach is to transform these capital-intensive products into a user friendly service so that customers can rent this without any upfront capital cost. http://www.solelia.se/en 

Emerging Cooking Solutions – Biomass-waste pellets for efficient cookstoves
The strong, global urbanization trend in combination with widespread use of charcoal and weak or absent systems for recycling and waste management is damaging people’s health as well as ecosystems. Efficient cookstoves limit the smoke hazard by reducing its fuel consumption by 40%, or more. By making use of locally available biomass waste and providing pellet-fuelled cookstoves as a subscription-fee service, Emerging Cooking Solutions is an inspiring example of how to address this urban challenge. www.emerging.se

HiNation – HiLight solar light & charging
An estimated 1.3 billion people living in rural areas have no access to electricity. This fact seriously limits the ability for almost a quarter of the world’s population to provide for their basic human needs and rise out of poverty. Nevertheless, 500 million people living off-grid have mobile phones, which offer connectivity and hope for the future. The HiLight Solar Light & Charging is an example of a solution for powering both lighting and communication. www.hination.com 

UNITED KINGDOM
Winners of the WWF UK Green Game Changers Award: 
YouGen: Enabling direct renewable energy and energy efficiency investments
The purpose of YouGen is to make it easy for home and business to learn about, invest in and enjoy the benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Provides Information about renewable energy on the internet answering the really practical questions.http://www.yougen.co.uk 

Whiskers: Refurbishment insulation services for hard-to-treat social housing
WHISCERS™ (Whole House In-Situ Carbon and Energy Reduction Solution) is a process for Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) of hard-to-treat social housing, like tower blocks, that uses laser technology for the first time, enabling residents to continue to live in their homes throughout the refurbishment works. The patented process and eco measures installed in a home have proven to greatly improve energy efficiency and reduced fuel bills by nearly £600 a year whilst carbon emissions have been cut by 77%. http://www.unitedhouse.net/refurbishment/whiscers 

C-Change Retrofit Mortgage: making good energy performance pay off 
Ecology Building Society’s C-Change Retrofit Mortgage is a financial service addressing that most of our houses waste huge amounts of energy… and money! If you want to improve the energy efficiency of your current property, the C-Change retrofit scheme can help shrink the mortgage payments as well as the carbon footprint. For every grade improvement in a home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating, C-Change offers a discount of 0.25% from the standard rate.http://www.ecology.co.uk/mortgages/c-change-retrofit/

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