The Irish ClimateLaunchpad Finalists

The Irish ClimateLaunchpad Finalists

Three of my climate launchpad babies are going to the Climate Change Olympics or the Eurovision of climate change start ups. They will be up against 90 rivals at the prestigious event in Tallinn, Estonia, on October 7th & 8th.

 The three Irish finalists are:

 Senergy: Next generation Solar Thermal Panels to transform the energy industry.

Senergy have developed a 100% polymer plastic solar thermal panel that is 50% less expensive to manufacture and install than any panels that currently exist.  The Senergy panel benefits from the advantages of the polymer materials and incorporate carbon nanotube materials that enhance the thermal performance and mechanical strength. Senergy will transform the energy industry by using a renewable energy technology, that is already 70% efficient, that is cheaper, enhanced modular design and overall has a lower environmental footprint. The CEO is Christine Boyle.

SmartTrace Software Ltd.: The Internet of Waste

Using a SAAS software platform, SmartTrace is building a big data platform that will support the intelligent use of waste materials. Poor material management contributes to over 42% of world pollution and is driving the need to have a circular economy. The manufacturing industry is embracing the concept of this new economy, as they are spending increasing amounts of money to comply with waste legislation, when they could actually turn their waste into a valuable commodity. SmartTrace is turning the challenge into an opportunity, through linking up availability waste resources. TheInternet of Waste, a circular economy platform, supports the transformation of waste management theories to action and the perception of waste from problem to product. The co-founders are Marcin Kulik and Steve Cassidy.

Small Farms: An alternative source of protein for human consumption in the form of farmed crickets.  

With the world’s population increasing to nearly 10 billion people by 2050, alternative, sustainable protein sources need to be adopted into our Western diets. Current livestock contributes massively to environmental damage, producing 18% of the world's greenhouse gases (GHG) and consuming huge amounts of resources. Crickets provide a sustainable source of protein and nutrients, with minimal GHG emission by comparison to traditional sources of protein. The global edible insect market size is poised to exceed $522 million by 2023, and Small Farms will foster this growth through developing “farming systems” that will allow people breed crickets at home for their own consumption. The founder is Johnathon Harris and co-founder Éire Smith

Want to help?

We will have a month to get them ready to compete (and for one of them to win). If you want to chip in, drop me a line.



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