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Some exciting green Technology Pioneers of 2021

Published: 17th Jun 2021 5:57 pm

The 2021 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers list has been announced, featuring a diverse and inclusive line-up. While the innovators and entrepreneurs that make up the Technology Pioneers list are focussed on a wide selection of technology, there is a strong representation from those pursuing positive environmental changes. Finding new technology solutions is essential to helping the environment. Read on some of the most exciting green solutions….

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High-end recycled plastic

In India, Banyan Nation has launched a recycling system to tackle the problems caused by plastic pollution. Its process for recycling involves a high degree of cleaning and refining, which results in a high-grade recycled plastic suitable for use in many applications. The firm is creating jobs for locals, and says it recovers all the water used in its recycling processes.

Zero-emissions flight

Taking its name from the American brothers who pioneered powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, the Wright 1 is an electric aircraft designed to fly at distances approaching 1300 km. The company behind the plane, Wright, say their design will bring “zero-emissions flight down to the same cost as running a fossil-fueled fleet”. They forecast it will be commercially active by 2030.

Lab-grown fish

Overfishing damages fish populations and can cause long-term harm to delicately balanced environments like coral reefs. A start-up from Hong Kong, Avant Meats, is offering lab-grown fillets of fish as an alternative. Fish stem cells are fed on nutrients and grow edible fillets in less time than it takes for a fish to grow to an edible size. Unlike farmed fish, the lab-grown alternative is free of pollutants or disease.

Food coating you can eat

Plastic pollution is a well-documented problem. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that plastic also plays a vital role in keeping medical equipment sterile and helping food last longer. Boston-based Mori is developing a plastic-wrap alternative for the food supply chain, based on naturally derived silk protein. Unlike plastic, Mori’s silk-based wrap is added as an invisible coating during the washing process foods go through prior to being shipped to stores. Not only is it all-natural, it is edible too.

AI helps verify offsetting

Pachama is a Silicon Valley technology company using AI and satellite data to take carbon offsetting to a new level. Its platform allows organizations that are working toward net-zero or carbon neutrality to confidently support a variety of carbon sequestration projects. From reforestation to habitat conservation projects, Pachama is able to validate projects’ effectiveness by automatically analyzing satellite images.


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