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Global Startup Heat Map: 5 Top Land Utilization Solutions
The 5 land utilization solutions 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 203 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
HPNow enables Sustainable Land Use
Agricultural activities represent one of the largest avenues of land utilization. However, conventional practices in the industry are highly unsustainable, particularly in terms of water use. Startups are therefore working on sustainable solutions that minimize water use or generate water on-site. These solutions also enable sustainable land use for a circular economy.
Danish startup HPNow develops solutions for on-site hydrogen peroxide generation. The startup’s fully autonomous generators produce ultra-high pure hydrogen peroxide in a cost-effective manner. The solution purifies water, increases oxygenation, and maintains irrigation lines and drippers. By replacing toxic chemicals in agriculture, HPNow’s solution leads to more sustainable land use.
reNature offers Regenerative Farming Solutions
Regenerative agroforestry is a hybrid system that combines agriculture with planting trees. This enhances the resilience of biodiversity while it also increases the productivity and profitability of agriculture. Unlike monoculture, this approach presents a sustainable and eco-friendly method of land utilization in agriculture. It also increases the profitability of the land, while enabling a circular economy of the soil.
Dutch startup reNature offers regenerative farming solutions. The startup helps farmers set up agroforestry model farms to make farming more sustainable. It supports the production of a wide range of commodities, such as cotton, timber, or rubber. The startup’s solutions also incorporate biofuel plants, as well as plants that produce essential products for the pharma and cosmetics industries.
Oxara produces Sustainable Concrete
Landfilling is a major method for waste disposal in many countries. Solutions that convert waste from landfills into valuable materials free up land for other applications, as well as help in recycling to reach a circular economy. To this end, startups are working on a range of technologies to either mine landfills or convert landfill waste into valuable materials.
Oxara is a Swiss startup developing sustainable concrete from landfill waste. Oxacrete, the startup’s solution, is a non-toxic and non-hazardous admixture consisting of mineral-based chemicals. When mixed with excavation materials or sludge, it turns them into Cleancrete, a cement-free concrete. Oxara’s product reduces the waste in landfills while providing a sustainable alternative for the construction sector.
Insectta develops Insect Farming Solutions
Insect farming requires far less water and land as compared to traditional agriculture. This makes it particularly beneficial for use cases where land is at a premium, for instance in urban farming. Insects also convert agricultural and food waste into proteins and other biomaterials. That is why startups are developing various insect farming solutions to enable circular economy applications.
Insectta, a Singaporean startup, rears soldier flies to produce animal feed, biofertilizers, and biomaterials. It uses a proprietary extraction process to develop soldier fly chitosan that is purer than conventional chitosan. Insetta’s products are sustainable while requiring far less land compared to conventional feed and fertilizers.
Renovare Fuels generates Energy from Waste
Landfills produce large amounts of biogas that is unutilized. Tapping into this biogas offers a source of clean and renewable energy. It also generates additional income from landfills, which are generally expensive to maintain. Startups are developing waste to energy technologies that collect this biogas.
British CleanTech startup Renovare Fuels develops liquid fuel from biogas. The startup’s process converts biogas produced from landfills and sewage treatment facilities into either diesel or jet fuel. The liquid fuel is virtually identical to fossil-derived analogs, thus acting as their direct replacement.
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