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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...
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...
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...
Social networking for green SMEs  
21/10/2014
A new European eco-innovation platform is hoping to create the foundations for what could become an eco social network for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The project, One aim of the project is to build up a database of SME “solutions” that other SMEs can access. These cover a...
CO2-scrubbing innovation offers benefits to brewers
24/02/2014
A Danish company is in the process of patenting an innovative carbon-dioxide scrubbing technology that could produce environmental and financial benefits for the brewing industry. The technology was developed in 2006 by The technology allows CO2 produced during brewing to be captured and...
Project encourages companies to ponder their environmental resilience
14/10/2013
The project is based on the idea that resilience and sustainability will be the two major features of tomorrow's successful companies.  The project has developed a Sustainable and Strategic Eco-innovation Toolkit to help SMEs think about their long-term sustainability. To test the toolkit,...
Let there be light
02/09/2013
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
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...
Waste not, want not
10/12/2012
A Portuguese company has been recognised for its waste management software – an example of how modern technology can make environmental services more efficient. Compta Emerging Business, headquartered in historic Évora in southern-central Portugal, received in September a Green Projects Award...
One eco-innovation enables another
14/04/2012
The scaling-up of sustainable, high-tech dyeing technology is the focus of an ongoing European Commission funded project aimed at strengthening SMEs in the colour textile industry. A consortium of universities, small companies and large players in the energy and transport sectors from five...

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