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Company turns insect-based biorefining into reality
10/10/2016
A French company that farms insects has gone from incubation in 2011 to the construction of a full-scale demonstration biorefinery in late 2015. On the way, the company, Ynsect, has collected a number of eco-innovation awards and serious financial backing, including a €2 million investment from...
Investors to assess climate risk in France
30/05/2016
Large companies are increasingly required to report on their greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. But a new law – an amendment to France's Energy Transition Law – makes France the first country to introduce mandatory climate reporting for investors, though similar ideas have...
Clean power from underwater kites
18/05/2016
A company with its origins in Swedish aerospace and automobile company Saab is moving towards installation of an underwater power plant that it claims will produce energy cost effectively and with minimal environmental impact. The company, Minesto, has developed what looks like an underwater kite...
Pan-European project tests and values water technologies
09/03/2016
A project to test eco-innovative technologies that conserve and improve water resources is underway at five sites across Europe. In its second phase, the DESSIN project (“Demonstrate Ecosystem Services Enabling Innovation in the Water Sector”) will also calculate the additional economic value that...
Innovation prize boost for bacteria-based eco start-ups
23/02/2016
A French start-up that plans to use natural bioluminescence in street lighting and shop-front displays has scooped an eco-innovation prize from the city of Paris Innovation Grand Prix. The award, which was handed out at a ceremony in Paris in December 2015, earned the small company, Glowee, a prize...
Austrian procurement of wastewater system earns praise
09/02/2016
Austria's Federal Procurement Agency has gained Europe-wide recognition for innovation-friendly use of public procurement. In October 2015, the agency picked up a Public Procurement of Innovation award from the Procurement of Innovation Platform. By using their purchasing power to choose...
Croatian project promises reusable water from textiles manufacturing
26/01/2016
A wastewater treatment facility on the site of a Croatian textiles factory could be the first in the European Union to have the capability to recover and reuse up to 100% of the water that the plant consumes. The facility was inaugurated in November 2015. The factory, at Osijek in northeastern...
Innovative filtration media promises cleaner treated water
11/02/2014
A circular-economy initiative just outside the Scottish capital of Edinburgh is making waves in water filtration by producing a highly efficient filtration media from recycled glass. The Active Filter Media (AFM), made by the company Dryden Aqua, has been so successful that its production now uses...
German start-up offers eco-efficient urban container farming
11/02/2014
A small German eco-innovation company is attracting attention after winning a most-promising start-up award in the "agriculture, water and waste" category at the Cleantech Open Global Forum, a major cleantech innovation event held in Silicon Valley, California, in November 2013. The company,...
Washing whiter without water
28/01/2013
The future of laundry could be cleaning with plastic beads, rather than with water, according to Xeros, a small company based in the northern English town of Rotherham. Their bead cleaning technology was developed at Leeds University and Xeros is currently working to commercialise it. According...

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