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Global Startup Heat Map: 5 Top Renewable Energy Solutions
The 5 startups you will explore below are chosen based on our data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. This analysis is based on the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering over 1.3 million startups & scaleups globally.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights the 5 startups & scaleups our Innovation Researchers curated for this report. Moreover, you get insights into regions that observe a high startup activity and the global geographic distribution of the 182 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Solarize Renewables – Solar Engineering
Efforts towards net-zero carbon emission targets drive governments to decarbonize the railway industry. Therefore, startups develop renewable energy solutions to help governments and companies generate clean electricity for the rail infrastructure. In particular, rail operators use solar power solutions to efficiently power trains and train stations.
Indian startup Solarize Renewables offers solar photovoltaic (PV) systems engineering, design, and construction on various surfaces. The startup provides rooftop plant design and installation for railway stations. Solarize Renewables’ solutions help decarbonize the rail industry, reducing the cost of energy production and transportation.
PolarPanel – Refrigerated Railcars
The increasing emission regulations put an additional financial burden on the operation of refrigerated transportation units (RTUs). Startups develop solar-powered solutions that allow RTUs to use clean energy for refrigeration. Such solutions increase the sustainability of the railway industry and save compliance costs for RTU owners.
US-based startup PolarPanel utilizes solar refrigeration technology to retrofit RTUs. Currently, most refrigerated railcars use diesel generators to maintain the low temperatures. The startup’s technology establishes a connection between solar panels and a refrigeration unit, enabling the use of excess energy to maintain the necessary temperature. The startup offers a clean, reliable, and cost-effective solution for cold chain logistics.
Ryse Energy – Renewable Energy Corridors
Renewable energy corridors allow energy transmission to remote areas. When built along a railroad network, an energy corridor also helps power any type of rail transport. Startups assist governments and companies in developing renewable energy corridor solutions to provide rail infrastructure with clean energy.
British startup Ryse Energy specializes in wind energy solutions, securing access to energy for individuals, communities, and companies. The startup provides renewable energy services for energy corridor construction in railway and road networks. Additionally, Ryse Energy develops solar and battery storage systems for microgrids.
Enerthing – Indoor Navigation
The cost and frequent need for maintenance of indoor navigation systems make train station operators less likely to install them. Therefore, startups develop photovoltaic film solutions that are efficient for indoor illumination settings. Such indoor solutions power the Internet of Things (IoT) navigation devices, minimizing the need for battery maintenance.
German startup Enerthing offers battery-free light-powered Bluetooth beacons for public space navigation. The startup provides such facilities as train stations, airports, and hospitals with a high-performance, renewable energy system. Enerthing’s IoT solutions allow train station operators to reduce maintenance costs on passenger navigation.
SUPRASYS – Superconducting Power
The power losses resulting from the transmission of electricity through a line, and subsequent voltage drops, negatively affect electric railways. To reduce the power losses from renewable energy sources, startups develop superconducting solutions. The solutions increase the efficiency of electricity use and reduce carbon emissions.
Spanish startup SUPRASYS develops power links capable of high current transport capacity. The power links take up less space, allowing distributed renewable energy sources to deliver energy to railways’ electrical grid. The startup offers superconducting link solutions for efficient electric train charging and regenerative braking. SUPRASYS’ voltage drop reduction solution allows the efficient transmission and use of renewable energy.
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