Just this month, Google has announced that they will be powered by 100% renewable energy by the end of the year. The green industry is accelerating rapidly and major corporations are taking major notice. But let’s not forget about the small guys. Here is my list of the Top 5 Green-Tech start-up companies of 2017.
Impossible Foods Inc. develops plant-based meat and dairy products made without animals. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, the company aims to give people the taste and nutritional benefits of meat without the negative health and environmental impacts of livestock products. The company researches animal products at the molecular level, then selects specific proteins and nutrients from plants to recreate the experience of meats and dairy products from animals.
Their groundbreaking release, the Impossible Burger, according to the company, “looks, cooks, smells, sizzles and taste like conventional ground beef but is made entirely from plants.” The burger uses 95% less land and 74% less water, and it emits about 87% less greenhouse gases than a burger from cows. In addition, the plant-based patty has more protein, less total fat and fewer calories than a similar-sized hamburger patty made with beef. Give it a try!
How big a problem is food waste? Recent USDA reports have found that each year we waste more than 25 billion pounds of post-harvest fruits and vegetables domestically, worth some $30 billion in value. Hazel Technology is here to change that, developing biotechnology for reducing waste in the agricultural supply chain. This clean tech company is based in Chicago, and has developed packaging inserts that, through the magic of basic chemistry, can ward off fungus and mold and slow the spoilage of fruits and vegetables.
Hydrogen is considered as an excellent synthetic energy vector, but until now storing it has involved major technical constraints that have slowed its widespread use. Thanks to its unique liquid vector, HySiLabs can benefit from hydrogen’s energy advantages with no storage issues. It consists of a hydrogen-based liquid fuel system that releases hydrogen on-demand and consumes it directly for a wide range of applications.
By using renewable energy sources to produce the fuel and centralizing its synthesis, HySiLabs introduces a unique and efficient power-to-liquid solution and a means for long-term renewable energy storage. The fuel is then distributed and hydrogen is produced on-site with no energy input required, drastically reducing the installation and operating costs.
Elevate creates profitable real estate by elevating portable, aesthetically pleasing and eco-friendly structures. Their vision is to “elevate lives, communities & cities through technologically advanced nature inspired structures.” The company is based in Honolulu.
The team consists of engineers & architects who are all connected by a passion for nature inspired design and a desire to help make a positive impact in the world.
Ferroamp offers a new technology to improve the benefits of your local energy production. With headquarters in Sweden, the brain of the system is the EnergyHub, gathering relevant information to optimize the energy flow between solar panels, energy storage, the grid, using advanced algorithms. The system comprises products for integrating solar cells, energy storage and electric vehicle-charging in a local DC nanogrid within a building.
The company aims to accommodate for the rapid development in the energy industry by creating future proof systems that can easily adapt to fast changing requirements and integrates them in a cost effective way.