We are very happy to announce the top 10 list with the best startups in the cleantech sector in the Nordics. These companies have been carefully chosen as the ones with best potential for success by the very competent Nordic Cleantech Open Jury. Previous years top 25 companies have shown great track record and have included several of today brightest upcoming cleantech stars. This years top 10 will for sure be at least as successful as the predecessors. Read more in the press release in English or Swedish. Seldom has there been so much potential in such a short list!

And the top 10 companies are:

Againity has developed a cost-effective heat-to-electricity solution for renewable, yet weather independent, electricity production. The heat source can be anything from a garbage or wood chip boiler or incinerated landfill gas, to hot water from solar panels or industrial waste heat. The system is based on a refined technology based on the Organic Rankine Cycle and thanks to innovative components and materials, the system has a long lifetime, low operating costs and a quick payback time.

Ascatron develop next generation SiC based power semiconductors that radically reduce losses in electrical transformers. These can be up to 20% using conventional silicon devices. To make the most efficient and reliable SiC power devices is Ascatron using a unique material technology based on 3D epitaxy enabling us to increase the doping level to reduce the resistance in the device 3DSiC®.

Desert Control
Desert Control converts deserts into fertile land in a process that only takes 7 hours. They mix clay and water in a patented mixing process and apply it to the land using traditional irrigation methods. Once an area has been treated, percolation is almost stopped and evaporation is greatly reduced, so only ½ to 1/3 of the irrigation water is needed, compared to untreated areas.

Fresh.Land digitize the food supply chain. The B2B platform connects farmers and retailers, cutting out the middlemen and reducing CO2 emissions and chemical use. The solution uses technology to make the food supply chain efficient and transparent. With Fresh.Land, farmers, retailers, and logistical partners can interact in one platform. They all get better prices and drastically reduce the searching and transaction costs. Only the middlemen lose out.

LunaLEC develops thin and flexible light sources that will require less energy in manufacturing and will be made without metals and thus can be recycled like plastic when disposed. The intended use is not yet general lighting, but rather functional lighting. Typical applications are medtech patches, where light patches are used for treatment of a number of symptoms.

The Ngenic system adapt to the thermodynamic individual household and increase the efficiency of the heating system. At the same time as it achieves a better, more even, indoor climate the system enables a collaborative demand response and easier inclusion of renewable energy sources into the grid. The hardware are compatible with most existing heating systems.

SBT Aqua
SBT Aqua is developing a real-time bacteria sensor that significantly improves quality control of drinking water. The sensor can detect bacteria and non-organic particles in real-time and increases the sampling frequency from weeks to minutes ensuring that contamination events are discovered by the utility and not by ill and dissatisfied citizens.

Toroidion has developed an innovative electric powertrain with a new type of electric motor. The new lightweight direct drive electric motors are significantly safer and more service friendly than current alternatives. The technology is also extremely energy efficient and robust and allows for easy battery upgrades.

Trifilon develops and produces the lightest, most rugged biocomposites for high performance applications. Our optimized biocomposites are purpose engineered for conventional injection moulding and compression moulding equipment.  Cut weight, improve sound absorption and minimize your product’s environmental impact without changing equipment or tooling.

TRINE aims at providing the 1.3 billion people living in energy poverty with access to solar energy. This will be done using local solar entrepreneurs and financed using their crowdinvesting platform. Combining crowdinvesting with commodity solar PV components and novel financing structures creates an innovative business model with massive potential.