Intelligent Traffic Systems and V2X Communication – If Cars Could Talk

Cassidy Shell
High-speed, widespread coverage of cellular networks and WiFi along with the proliferation of IoT devices has ushered in a new era of communication: connecting devices with each other and their surrounding infrastructure, or Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication. In the context of transportation, this trend will enable the widespread adoption of Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) and support the development of Level 5 autonomous vehicles.When applied to Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS), M2M communication includes:Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V)Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I)Vehicle-to-network (V2N)Vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) communication.Collectively, these technologies are referred... Read More »

ATEC Biodigesters: A Case Study in Renewable Energy for Rural Farmers

Nakul Sharma
ATEC provides high-quality and pre-fabricated biodigesters to rural farming families. Biodigesters collect and treat manure, human, kitchen and green waste which are converted to biogas that powers the twin cookstove attached. In addition, organic fertilisers are also produced for farming use. ATEC’s recent initiative to launch the world's first PAYGO model for biodigesters will increase access to renewable energy technology for rural farming families by improving the affordability of a biodigester system.To learn more about ATEC Biodigesters, continue reading below... Read More »

Grid Software – Sector Watch 6 September 2019

Louis Brasington
As multi-megawatt flexible distributed energy resources are brought online, there is growing evidence that actively managed distribution software systems can deliver lower-whole system costs to customers and other grid stakeholders. Advancements in AI, edge processing and real-time data control, combined with cloud-based asset management architecture is allowing energy assets to offer increased value onto the grid; such as automated demand response, frequency response and prescriptive control. These advancements are, in turn, creating the rationale for new market participants to enter... Read More »

Energy Disaggregation and NILM – If You Can Measure It, You Can Improve It

Po-Yu Wang
.Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring (NILM), also referred to as Energy Disaggregation, is a technology using either sensor-based or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions to identify granular energy consumption data at appliance-level from whole-home energy data. The Home Energy Management Systems market has been valued at $7.7 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow to $26.9 billion in 2025 with a 23.3% CAGR.AttractivenessNILM’s real-time appliance-level monitoring of energy consumption is extremely beneficial for energy efficiency and demand response. It provides more agile grid... Read More »

Is Profitable Reforestation Possible? Land Life Company Makes the New 50 to Watch List

Jules Besnainou
In the face of the climate crisis, we are seeing a new generation of innovators rising to the task and developing high-impact solutions to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. These entrepreneurs are creating new technologies and business models that could change every aspect of how we live - from what we eat to how we consume, from how we build our homes to our relationship with Nature. After a decade of success with our Global Cleantech 100, we are... Read More »

Bio-fertilizers – the Natural Way to Feed the Planet

Chris Sworder
The fertilizer industry will be unrecognizable in 30 years’ time. Currently, nitrogenous fertilizer production contributes 3% of worldwide GHG emissions and uses 3% of global methane supplies. Global overuse of synthetic nitrogen and extractive phosphate fertilizers have created over 500 environmental deadzones through run-off. To compound this, yields of key crops are stagnating or declining where soil health is degrading, while at the same time the planet requires a 2.2% increase in global yield year-on-year in order to feed its... Read More »

Digitization in Fish Farming – Sector Watch 23 August 2019

Chris Sworder
The global fish farming market is set to grow from $275 billion in 2017 to $376 billion by 2025, with a CAGR of 4.77% during that time frame. The growth will be driven by increasing consumption of fish as a protein source by the rising global population. To meet this demand, there is increased pressure on fish farm production as tonnage of wild-caught fish has stagnated since 1990. This has driven 6.5% year-on-year growth in fish farming, which now accounts... Read More »

Regenerative Agriculture: Agricultural Revolution or Carbon Pricing Capitalism?

Chris Sworder
Regenerative agriculture is about improving soil through better farm practices. The aim is to use farming practices that increase soil health through increased biodiversity, water retention, topsoil protection, and other farming process improvements. One key measure of healthy soil is carbon content. Therefore, a working carbon market for agricultural sequestration of carbon is a powerful lever to promote regenerative agricultural practices. The scale of the opportunity is hard to quantify, as regenerative agriculture practices can be implemented in most agricultural... Read More »

Maritime Shipping – Sector Watch 9 August 2019

Cassidy Shell
Once considered slow-moving and outdated, the maritime shipping industry has experienced a recent influx of digitization and the implementation of new technologies, including autonomous ships, blockchain, drones and geospatial analytics. According to the 2018 Review of Maritime Transport, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) considers technological advances and efforts to curb the industry’s carbon footprint two of the key trends shaping the future of the maritime shipping industry.AttractivenessShips are powered by heavy fuel oil, the most polluting... Read More »

Japan – Asia’s Biggest Energy Market Opportunity in 2019?

Louis Brasington
One of the largest economies in the world and the fourth largest consumer of electricity, Japan has long been a recognized leader in energy technology development. The 2011 earthquake and the subsequent Fukushima nuclear accident triggered a major overhaul of the energy market in Japan. As a result, local and foreign innovators are now looking to capitalize on emerging opportunities.  Start-ups and players with established customer bases are entering the market, seeing the opportunity to capture new value. Over the... Read More »