Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for Smart Cities. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising Climate Resilience solutions.
Heat Map: 5 Top Climate Resilience Startups
For our 5 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 362 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Rewild – Environmental Planning
Environmental planning in smart cities deals with attaining the best use of available space given the sustainability challenges of preserving urban ecosystems, finite resources, and biodiversity. In order to achieve this goal, city managers apply environmental management systems (EMS), GIS-aided land-use planning, biodiversity mapping, and environmental risks forecasting, etc. Estonian-based Rewild develops ecological urban landscape planning solutions, focused on balancing the human impact on the environment and natural threats to human lives. The company’s solution, WildAr, provides wildlife mapping and data processing tools to save time on conventional environmental assessment and create frameworks for establishing human-made structures with minimal harm to nature and animals.
Junglefy – Green Infrastructure Systems
Green infrastructure systems address some of the main water and energy management issues in smart cities in a close-to-nature way. In other words, by possessing some designated properties, greeneries perform natural rainwater absorption, energy conservation, additional insulation, heat mitigation, air filtering, and carbon management, in order to replace some costly water-energy facilities, save resources and cultivate natural habitats. Junglefy from Australia produces a “Breathing Wall” green infrastructure solution to accelerate the removal of air contaminants, alleviate urban heat island issues and ensure natural sound insulation. It consists of linear, recyclable and low-density polyethylene modules, containing coconut fiber-rich growing medium, favorable for plants and active ventilation.
Suncast – Sustainable Energy Production
Sustainable energy generation aims at tackling an eco-sufficiency problem in modern smart cities through establishing solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, and biomass energy facilities, etc. Mediated by artificial intelligence (AI) and real-time notifications, not only they produce practically inexhaustible energy, but also provide smart data on how to handle and optimize their operation. Suncast from Chile specializes in the optimization and online forecasting for solar power production. Based on AI and machine learning, the solution analyzes historical data from the solar plants, links it with real-time monitoring of weather conditions, and, in total, creates predictions for energy generation as well as for solar panels cleaning regularities.
PegEx – Hazardous Materials Treatment
The resilience of modern cities is being severely undermined by hazardous waste dump into air, water, soil, as well as habitats of humans and animals. Hazardous materials (hazmat) management involves specific chemical, thermal, biological and physical processes treatment, capable of reducing, recycling, and disposing of the amount of dangerous waste that surrounds urban environment and increasing life safety. PegEx from the USA creates the PegEx platform and PegEx portal software to organize hazardous waste management and customer service at one place in the cloud. Besides, the company arranges hazmat transportation and recycling as well as applies patented treatment solutions to generators, haulers, and disposal sites.
Weather Cloud – Weather Intelligence & Early Warning
Smart urban resilience also includes enhancing conventional weather forecasts with environmental sensing, historical data, and early warning to create reliable weather intelligence. It helps to prepare for and offset the risks of climate change / perilous climate events, and, as a result, increase sustainability capacity. US-based Fathym establishes a solution called Weather Cloud, in order to provide real-time ground weather intelligence. It focuses on the lower altitudes that weather radars do not cover. WeatherCloud uses vehicles as sensors, collects their data, combines it with stationary ground predictions and creates forecasts through machine learning algorithms to ensure early warning.
What About The Other 357 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 startups showcased above are promising examples out of 362 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.