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Aussie innovators compete for the climate on the world stage

Date: 26-Oct-17
Author: Josh Cole

Jaine and Ashleigh Morris from the Circular Experiment pitching their app for the ClimateLaunchpad competition © Circular Experiment

Jaine and Ashleigh Morris from the Circular Experiment pitching their app for the ClimateLaunchpad competition

Sustainable electricity, apps for power-hungry restaurants and biofuels made from seaweed were all innovative Australian ideas presented at this year’s ClimateLaunchpad in Cyprus. 

ClimateLaunchpad is one of the world’s largest competitions for sustainable business innovators, with a particular focus on new technologies and business models which address climate change.

Each year entrepreneurs and start-ups without funding pitch their ideas first at a national level and then, if chosen, internationally. The winner gets €10,000 and, on the way, proves that their concepts have commercial and environmental benefits. 

This year’s winner out of the 105 entrants was the Kenyan team behind Alkanol Gel Fuel, a bio-fuel made from superheated fruit and vegetable peelings as well as egg shells. Aside from eliminating methane-producing waste it also works as an alternative to petroleum-based fuels.

The Australian entrants were:

Capricorn Power

Capricorn’s goal is to commercialise a process that uses various waste heat sources, such as burning green council waste or using the heat from industrial exhaust, to generate power on a localised scale.

Power facilities can be built on or near waste collection facilities keeping costs down and employing locals in the communities they serve.

Circular Experiment

The Circular Experiment is a trial program running on the Sunshine Coast with the goal of helping small businesses become more sustainable and save money.

Their entry ‘My Impact’ is a tool designed to help restaurant owners both understand and cut down on their electricity costs. Creators Jaine and Ashleigh Morris chose restauranteurs as they’re faced with unique challenges – such as the high energy use of cooking and refrigeration equipment and their inability as tenants to install renewable energy sources.

Tide 2 Tank

The group of engineers behind Tide 2 Tank hopes to grow kelp on a widespread basis for use as a biofuel. It would also serve as a carbon storage mechanism and help to rehabilitate fisheries in polluted waters. 

Australians who want to register for 2018 should follow the Climate-KIC Australia page. Click on the links below for more information on the competition, winners and the Australian entries.

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Josh                                              Cole
Author: Josh Cole

Josh comes to Planet Ark after a stint in legal communication and from a background in print journalism. He studied Communications and Media as a mature age student in Wollongong where he re-discovered his love for the natural environment.

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