2019 Hardware finalists
Bloom has developed a ground-breaking solution for the production of sustainable and cost-competitive bio-based materials for the chemical industry. Bloom is the first company able to isolate and selectively break down “lignin”, a largely unexploited constituent of plants and the bio-based fraction that most resembles petroleum.
Every year over 2.5 million tons of PET plastic is discarded, 2 million tons (over 800 million USD) was exported, and over 8 million tons ended up in our oceans. Due to the current recycling technology, only 7 % of recycled PET bottles are remade into new bottles. If we can close the loop of PET recycling, we can save 2000 gallons of gasoline per ton of plastic, and reduce the energy required to produce new plastic by 66 %. At Deploy, we have developed a novel solution allowing the chemical recycling of PET plastic back to its two main components.
Our market ready AI-powered flying drone delivery solution enables SMBs to e-commerce giants to integrate instant, autonomous on-demand drone delivery into their offering. The drones safely fly a small package weighing 500g to any person within a 4km range at 1/10th of the cost of traditional methods. They are easily carried, deploy in seconds thanks to the patented foldable safety cage and deliver a package right to people's hands. Our solution is fully compliant with national regulations.
EH Group Engineering
EH Group (EHG) is focused on becoming a leading global supplier of fuel cell (FC) stacks and systems for a cleaner environment. Our core innovative technology is based on two main approaches. Firstly, a uniquely simplified and re-designed FC stack at the micro level, making it significantly compact and efficient. In addition, the re-designed stack technology allows it to operate regardless of the effects of gravity. Secondly, an innovative manufacturing process with high precision machinery.
Development, production and sales of novel electron diffractometers for research and development (R&D) and quality control in the pharmaceutical, agrochemical, chemical and nano industries as well as for applications in scientific research. Clients: Pharma, Agrochemicals and speciality chemicals. PoC 2018 done at PSI (BIO) and ETHZ (ScopeM); nominated as SCIENCE "Breakthrough of the year 2018".
We aim to provide a disruptive energy storage solution to mobile phone manufacturers which allows charging devices in seconds, extend battery life and use environmentally friendly materials. We are targeting the main 5 mobiles providers and sell a complete battery. The product industrialization will be done in collaboration with an industrial partner. We are planning a pilot project with one potential customer, allowing us to start mass production in 2023 and reach 100 M pieces/year in 2025.
Designing, developing and commercializing nanomaterial-based biosensors for medical diagnostics and life science analysis that require high-sensitive, rapid and real-time protein testing (e.g. rapid testing for influenza, inflammation markers, protein interaction analysis).
More than a billion people live off the grid and spend up to 30% of their income for light and phone charging. To get light, they burn kerosene that is very toxic. In Sub-Saharan Africa, almost 90% of people own a phone, but only 30% of them can charge it at home. To solve this, we developed a consumable based iron battery that generates enough power to light a LED and charge a phone. It is the only solution providing clean, safe, affordable, and on-demand electricity in rural Africa.
At Rigi we’re building technology that enables drone delivery to integrate any existing supply chain, making a whole new range of drone-enabled deliveries possible. Our initial focus on medical diagnostics transport provides a high-value proving ground for our unique technology.
Voliro develops the next generation of autonomous flying robots, an aerial platform with the unique capability to approach, touch, and interact with the environment. This shifts the abilities of service drones from “fly and see” to “fly, see and touch”. Voliro robots are “Hands in the Sky” that can perform work at elevation eliminating the need for expensive and dangerous scaffolds, rope access teams and cranes.