CES 2020 Offers Solutions to Complex Environmental Challenges
This year's CES, we've seen this commitment filter down to consumer tech with a number of interesting products showcased that reduce our environmental impact.
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Innovation in cleantech has traditionally struggled to secure funding due to longer development time and challenges to scale. Over the last few years, things have started to shift as more investors look to see how technology can reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality and reduce water wastage.
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Last year Clean Energy Ventures announced that it raised $110 million for its first fund, This year's CES, we've seen this commitment filter down to consumer tech with a number of interesting products showcased that reduce our environmental impact. Let's take a look:
The Hydraloop is residential water recycle system that recycles 85% of all domestic water used. It cleans and disinfects shower, bath and washing machine water it so it can be reused for toilet flushing, the washing machine, garden or pool.
The unit is self-cleaning and does not need regular cleaning or servicing and is monitored remotely. The producers assert the system reduces:
- Water consumption by 45%.
- Sewage emission with 45%.
- Carbon footprint with 6%.
- Energy consumption by 600kWh* (in countries with cooler winter climates/*on basis of a four-person family).
The Hydraloop was the winner of the best innovation of the Sustainability, Eco-Design and Smart Energy category at CES.
Skoon Energy is a startup from the Netherlands offering the world's first battery sharing platform. It enables battery owners to rent out batteries when they are not in use, increasing their return on investment. Users are typically site-specific: the batteries can help power film-sets, construction sites, parties, festivals, and even ships.
BeFC (Bioenzymatic Fuel Cells)
Connectivity in disposable medical and wearable medical devices has become increasingly important; however, the button or coin cell power sources used are difficult to recycle, toxic or dangerous to the environment. The development of safe and ecological devices is often a barrier to the progression of single-use and single-patient devices.
In comes BeFC from France, who have reinvented disposable electronics. They have created eco-friendly paper-based biofuel cell systems that use biological catalysts instead of chemical or expensive noble metal catalysts to convert natural substrates such as glucose and oxygen into electricity.
Solar GENNY is a unique water from an air generator, providing high-quality drinking water using solar panels as a power source. It eliminates dependency on water sources, plastic jugs and allows constant access to safe clean drinking water to communities in any location in the world.
The unit is independent of electricity and operates solely by connecting to 23ft. (7-meter) solar panels. The unit is simple to operate and maintain by simply connecting the unit to the solar panels, switch to on and within a few hours water is produced. Solar GENNY is ideally suitable for remote sites, rural villages, parks and green residential premises where electricity is a challenge.
Airbitat Compact Cooler
As an Australian, the idea of an outdoor air cooler is like something out of a fairy tale. Airbitat, based in Singapore, create coolers to provide relief from urban heat even in the most challenging environments from tropical to arid climates. Airbitat technology transforms every space with its powerful cooling and sets the new standard for outdoor cooling.
The Airbitat Compact Cooler delivers industrial-strength cooling in a compact size with no energy-hungry compressors and zero waste heat generation to the environment. It also does not use chemical refrigerants, CFCs, or emit harmful chemicals. It's aimed at outdoor commercial and residential spaces such as alfresco dining areas, home patios, and garages.
The Cooler was created and designed in Singapore by Innosparks, an ST Engineering Open Lab. The coolers are powered Airbitat's innovative ReevacTM Deep Cooling Technology and deliver a cooling performance that is 50% more effective versus conventional coolers.
It also reduces electricity use by up to 80 percent compared to comparative air-conditioning units. I'd still prefer tree planting and considered urban design to mitigate the effects of heat islands, especially in the desert and urban areas, but if ever there was a sector in need of disruption, it's airconditioning.
Airbitat Compact Cooler was the winner of the CES 2020 Climate Change Innovator Award.
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