Ecological battery, thermal battery … Ten new innovations that are reinventing the world of tomorrow

Ecological battery, thermal battery ... Ten new innovations that are reinventing the world of tomorrow

The EDF Pulse start-up prizes reward start-ups who rely on new technologies to make our world more energy efficient and increase our well-being. The awards ceremony took place on December 1st and awarded ten start-ups. Focus on these well-deserved awards.

As every year since 2014, the EDF Pulse 2020 start-up prizes reward European start-ups who are inventing the world of tomorrow thanks to new technologies. Twelve finalists were in contention in the following three categories: “Sustainable Lifestyles”, “CO2 Neutral Territories” and “Resilient Infrastructures”, and five other finalists competed for the Special Sport & Innovation Prize.

Ten prizes were awarded during the Prize Giving which took place on December 1 as part of the Electric Days. In addition to the five laureates, five special mentions were awarded. The winners win a financial endowment of € 30,000 to € 80,000 depending on the Prize, and a dedicated communication campaign to boost their visibility. Back to these winning start-ups.

1st Jury Prize: BeFC

The first prize goes to the young BeFC growth for its ecological battery based on paper and enzymes. These miniature recyclable batteries, made from layers of cellulose, use enzymes and a biocatalysis system (oxygen and glucose) to generate electricity. Metal and lithium free, these batteries are thin and flexible. They can be integrated with low-power electronics, such as a disposable pregnancy test, or in a package to track the package. A technology resulting from 10 years of laboratory research.

2nd Jury Prize: InBolt

The factory 4.0 without human beings and full of robots is a pure fantasy: many processes cannot be robotized! This does not mean that they cannot be optimized, however. The start-up InBolt has designed a small box equipped with 3D optical sensors to digitize manual industrial processes. The module, which can be attached to any tool, guides the operator in real time and records the various tasks (drilling, screwing, welding). Quality control is thus carried out by the operator himself and the risk of error or accident is reduced.

3rd Jury Prize: Water Horizon

Water Horizon recovers waste heat from industries to use it in the form of heat or cold where it is needed. Its thermal and mobile battery fits in a truck and can transport waste heat from industrial processes to distant consumers, such as data centers, industries or even local heating networks. Enough to recover part of the 930 TWh of industrial heat lost each year, or the equivalent of 100 nuclear reactors.

Audience Award: Earthwake

Earthwake turns plastic into fuel, thanks to a machine called Chrysalis. Plastic waste is melted by pyrolysis up to 450 ° C and then distilled into gasoline, diesel and gas. In Puget-Théniers (Alpes-Maritimes), the garbage trucks that bring the plastic leave with a full tank of fuel! As the equipment is mobile, it can be installed close to sources of waste. An excellent example of circular economy!

Special Sport & Innovation Prize

New in 2020, EDF launched the EDF Pulse Sport & Innovation Special Prize in collaboration with Paris 2024. Find out on the link below the winner of this Special Prize, as well as the two special mentions awarded by the Jury.

Three special mentions

In addition to the five winners of the competition, the Jury decided to award special mentions to projects that have a positive impact on our society.

Le Chemin des Mûres: Social Responsibility mention

Eight out of ten agricultural products are transported by the farmers themselves to the place of consumption. The Chemin des Mûres helps small producers to transport their products by pooling their journeys, with the key to optimizing the filling of delivery vehicles, and therefore less CO2 emissions and fewer vehicles on the roads. Producers plan their order schedule and gain costs and flexibility. By dispensing with commercial intermediaries, Chemin des Mûres is part of a collaborative and local approach by promoting short circuits.

Transition-One: Ecological Transition mention

In 2040, the sale of combustion vehicles will be banned in France. But in the meantime, the fleet still relies heavily on old polluting cars, and despite the premiums, few consumers are ready to buy a new electric vehicle. Thanks to the “retrofit”, Transition-One converts these thermal cars into electric ones in just four hours. A small diesel or petrol car of the Fiat 500 type thus benefits from 100 kilometers of range at a cost of 5,000 euros, aid deducted.

Reciclalia: environmental impact mention

Reciclalia is tackling a crucial problem in renewable energies: the recycling of wind turbine blades with a lifespan of around 30 years. Reciclalia shreds the blades directly on site, which reduces transport and therefore CO2 emissions, and extracts the glass and carbon fibers for resale to the energy, transport or construction sectors. “In one hour, we process the fiber carcasses which would have taken nearly 1,000 years to decompose in nature”, welcomes the Spanish start-up, which is part of a circular economy approach.

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