August, 2021

For 10 years the Nordic Cleantech Open competition has served as an observation tower for the UP AND COMING cleantech innovation trends THAT WILL support the transition to a low carbon reality

The 10th Edition of the Nordic Cleantech Open received 139 applications from all corners of the Nordics and the Baltics, and now the Top 25 most innovative, promising and ready-to-scale companies have been selected and are now announced.

The selected 25 companies that will participate in the next phases use digitalization and AI to solve some of the cleantech sector’s biggest challenges notably in the fields of transportation, energy and water purification. They also bring several innovations to the battery market, ground-breaking technologies to support the hydrogen economy, and ever more ingenious waste-to-value circular solutions.

7Analytics is building a unique ecosystem for sustainable planning of the future. The first product, the FloodCube, utilizes machine learning & AI to increase the speed and accuracy of surface water analyzes. These calculations are central in shaping a sustainable society, ready to meet the climate of tomorrow.

Altris specialises in producing highly sustainable cathode materials for rechargeable sodium batteries. Altris was founded on the idea that in order for a truly sustainable future to be realised, safer, more environmentally friendly and affordable batteries are vital. This is why we produce the world’s first high performing positive electrode material made from completely renewable and low-cost materials.

1/3 of all food is wasted causing a massive carbon footprint and especially detrimental is wasting eatable meat and fish. Still much is thrown due to incorrect freshness and shelf-life estimations. AmiNIC is developing and commercializing  a handheld sensor, an intelligent e-nose, that within seconds determines the correct freshness and expiration dates of meat and fish.

Aquammodate is an impact-driven company founded in 2019 with the mission to accommodate the world’s need for clean water. Nature’s finest water purification is adapted for use in existing membrane separation processes through an ocean-inspired, proprietary stabilization technology spun out of Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Their technology has the potential to mitigate clean water supply and wastewater issues in communities and industries across the globe.

CH-Bioforce Oy offers a sustainable and completely bio-based alternative to oil- and food-based feedstock when producing clothing, food packaging, or cosmetics for example. CH-Bioforce has developed a breakthrough biomass fractionation technology, which enables the full utilization of biomass, the side streams of industrial and agricultural production. This is the world’s only technology that is able to fractionate all constituents of the biomass in one process. The technology produces high-quality biopolymers: high-purity pulp, polymeric hemicellulose, and sulphur-free lignin. Each of these has a wide range of possible applications, especially in replacing fossil-based materials and less environmentally friendly bio-based products such as food-based starch or cotton.

Clewat is a fast growing cleantech company from Finland, focusing on solving the plastic waste, excess biomass, oil spills and other pollution problems of our oceans, seas, rivers and lakes.

Comptek Solutions is a forerunner in compound semiconductor surface engineering. Our breakthrough technology, KontroxTM, boosts the performance and energy efficiency of devices and makes their manufacturing process easier. It has proven to increase performance of e.g. microLED chips by 250%, which translates into an enormous reduction of power consumption. Kontrox is applicable to a wide variety of compound semiconductor applications including displays, communication technology, power electronics and RF applications to name a few.

Enerpoly is building a future where everyone has access to clean energy. With our groundbreaking zinc-ion batteries, Enerpoly will drive a transition to the electric grid of the future – one powered by resilient and renewable energy, that has the flexibility and reliability to support the growth in electric vehicles and offering empowered consumers the choice of supporting clean energy sources. Through our commitment to honest innovation, we deliver the energy storage solutions of tomorrow to everyone.

Heatweed Technologie is a green-tech/clean-tech Norwegian company developing, manufacturing and selling machines for non-chemical weed control in urban and selected agro segments. We do this by the use of hot water and patented sensor-technology. Collecting big data for use in machine learning is our driving force to document our environmental impact and to adhere to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We are a team of about 25 happy nerds who love what we do and who share a vision for global impact on sustainability in all that we do, which is also a driving force in our electrification of the machine portfolio.

HPNow is displacing today’s hazardous and emissions-intensive hydrogen peroxide production and supply chain, with a safe, sustainable, and autonomous on-site generation solution. With the only such technology solution worldwide, HPNow addresses global water treatment needs in market segments ranging from agriculture and aquaculture, to industrial and drinking water treatment, while contributing to a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable future for our planet.

Hycamite produces clean hydrogen for industrial use and solid, sustainable carbon for demanding applications such as Li-ion batteries. The unique processing method is based on thermo-catalytic decomposition of methane and biogas with sustainable catalysts.

Hyperion Robotics was founded in Helsinki in 2019 by a team of passionate academics and professionals in robotics, architecture and engineering. As experts from the construction industry, we are on a mission to bring efficiency and sustainability to the way concrete is being made. Our technology is reinforced concrete 3D printing with recycled materials. We have developed a unique robotic 3D printing system that can automatically produce reinforced concrete structures faster, cheaper and safer than traditional construction methods as well as more sustainably by up-cycling waste materials from different industrial processes.

Kasi Tech is closing the current gap in the automotive market created by favorable legislative environment, lagging EV technology, uneven emission regulations, and market incentives for fuel reduction through to 2030. By introducing NESS, our retrofit solution reducing 20% CO2 emissions on 98% of all new- and existing vehicles in the global market, we are contributing to reaching both EU and UN ESG goals for coming 10 years period, facilitating the shift over to 100% climate neutral mobility.

Kvasir Technologies has developed a patented technology for production of biofuel. Kvasir Technologies are the only company, who through a simple process without use of catalysts can convert and liquify hard non-edible biomass (straw, wood, nutshells etc.) to a stable biofuel. Even the lignin content of the biomass can be converted through application of Kvasir’s technology. The resulting biooil can be used directly as a sustainable low sulfur marine fuel without modifications the vessels engine, fuelling system or tanks. By adopting Kvasir’s biofuel all existing ships can comply with the emissions reductions mandated by IMO in both 2030 and 2050.

Naco Technologies creates specialized nano-coatings and new materials that replace the need for platinum and other expensive materials in the production and usage of green hydrogen at a massive scale.

We have developing anode materials based on specific types of Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) which will increase battery capacity more than 5x times. For example, now the battery in smartphone must be charged almost every day, the same battery produced with our anode material will be charged once in a week. Our anode material can be used in all types of Energy storages like batteries for smart devices, electro cars and many others. We are looking for investment, partners, grants for all possible relations that will help us to make an industrial prototype of complete battery and to move our technology to the market.

NextFuel AB is a clean-tech startup with a new solution to climate change. We can transform fast growing grass into a clean copy of fossil fuel in less than 30 minutes. Many of our projects can even have CO2 negative carbon cycle. NextFuel can profitably replace coal, heating oil and charcoal directly in today’s energy infrastructure at very competitive prices. We are giving the world a clean alternative to burn.

NitroCapt is developing a new radical, fossil-free technology for the fixation of nitrogen from the air to make commercial nitrogen fertilizer. Air, water and electricity are the only inputs and the process has no emissions. As the production of nitrogen fertilizer today causes approx. 2.5 % of the global fossil-based greenhouse gas emissions, our process has potential to strongly contribute to a shift towards sustainable agriculture. The process can be powered by intermittent renewable electricity even without an electric grid and is financially attractive already on a small scale. The development is carried out in collaboration with top researchers at four European universities.

Position Green helps companies collect, analyze and report sustainability data using our online platform. We currently work with over 150 companies who use our platform for internal sustainability data, for ESG evaluations of suppliers and to evaluate investments or company holdings. We focus on reliability and traceability of data while supplying a platform that if both flexible and efficient.

RETEX manufactures construction materials from recycled textile, plastic and used car tire waste. We focus on sustainable building materials, recycling waste and contributing to the circular economy. Our mission is to bring disruptive technologies to the construction industry and engage people to reduce, reuse and recycle. All RETEX products are eco-friendly and recyclable, produce no pollution or waste during manufacturing, have a lower CO2 footprint, and contain no toxic chemicals. The products outperform traditional construction materials at the same price. RETEX has developed a replicable manufacturing process and business model for governments with the clear conversion rate of the investment vs. waste problem solved in tons.

SpinDrive improves the energy efficiency of industrial processes by providing active magnetic bearings to equipment manufacturers in a simple and affordable way. Our solution levitates the rotational part of the equipment completely eliminating friction. It improves process energy efficiency, reduces maintenance costs and provides completely oil-free system reducing customer equipment lifecycle costs by 35%.

Sticky Solar is a Swedish developer and supplier of innovative solar photovoltaic technology solutions. The Tape Solution™ is a novel interconnection and string production technology that enables competitive and high-efficiency solar PV manufacturing in Europe and beyond.

TioTech AS is a Norwegian manufacturer of titanium dioxide (titania) nanomaterials and a developer of titania-based technologies. We develop TitanB, a titanium dioxide based nanomaterial that enables batteries to be charged in 6 minutes, last 5 times longer and operate in arctic conditions. During a thorough development phase, we have created a patented titania nanoparticle which is produced at ton-scale. Our breakthrough technology will enable batteries to be used in hard to electrify sectors of industry and be an important step towards carbon neutrality!

We believe that there is no sustainability without traceability. That is why we are on a mission – to bring transparency to producers who really want to know what they sell, and for consumers who really care what they buy.

UP Catalyst is an Estonian based startup, which produces sustainable carbon nanomaterials directly from CO2 or from waste biomass for a vast range of applications ranging from green advanced battery technologies to biomedicine. UP Catalyst’s mission is to become the first and leading European industrial scale manufacturer of sustainable carbon nanomaterials and graphite thus providing a strong alternative to environmentally harmful materials used today.

Innovations coming to support the transition to a low carbon reality

Press release - 10th Edition of the Nordic Cleantech Open - Top 25


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