Business and Investments

Energy efficiency

Recovering power from transport and motion
Capturing kinetic energy, or the energy generated by an object in motion, could prove to be an alternative to energy from traditional sources, such as fossil fuels, in energy efficient systems. Kinetic energy recovery is already used in, for example, Formula 1 motor racing, where the energy...
Investors to assess climate risk in France
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...
Innovation prize boost for bacteria-based eco start-ups
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...
New tool seeks to open up sustainability horizons
An online tool has been developed by three British organisations to help companies think in more long-term and strategic terms about the challenges they face in an increasingly resource-constrained world. The tools has been created by the UK's innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board,...
Dutch architects call for support for recycled island idea
A Dutch architectural practice has drawn up the blueprint for a “recycled island” that will make use of waste recovered from the marine environment to construct floating living spaces. The firm, WHIM Architecture, believes that the concept could be useful in low lying countries – such as the...
Let there be light
A young Belgian company is combining technological innovation with financial innovation to create sustainable benefits from a natural resource that is available to everyone: daylight. EcoNation, established in 2009 in Ghent, has developed the...
Washing whiter without water
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...
Let the train take the strain
The Dutch railway operator is retrofitting its intercity train fleet to make it more efficient. Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the railway operator in the Netherlands, is improving the environmental performance of 50 of its intercity trains through a retrofitting programme that will be completed...
Reducing costs and improving performance of solar cells
Belgian manufacturer NovoPolymers has developed an innovative polymer film which will reduce the energy needed to encapsulate solar panels while also improving their performance. NovoPolymers is developing and manufacturing thermoplastic polymer films which enable module manufacturers to...
Conjuring water out of air
Innovator Dutch Rainmaker has married wind-turbine technology with water production and purification expertise to create a sustainable method for extracting water from air. The idea of collecting water from air is not new. However, Friesland-based Dutch Rainmaker was attracted to the idea of...