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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Sustainable Chemicals Manufacturing Solutions out of 333
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 333 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 328 sustainable chemicals manufacturing solutions, get in touch.
H2Pro provides Green Hydrogen
Electrolysis offers an efficient way to produce hydrogen fuel. When the process utilizes energy from renewable sources, green hydrogen is a zero-carbon fuel. However, it is much more expensive compared to hydrogen production from fossil fuels due to the high costs involved in electrolyzer design. Startups are developing innovative solutions to make green hydrogen production more affordable and sustainable.
Israeli startup H2Pro develops a water-splitting technology to provide hydrogen fuel. The startup’s Electrochemical, Thermally Activated Chemical (E-TAC) technology uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen in separate steps. It also develops membrane-free electrolytic reactors that enable scalable, cost-efficient, and high-pressure production of green hydrogen.
Enkochem offers Sustainable Agrochemicals
The manufacturing and usage of traditional agrochemicals lead to pollution of freshwater sources. The production of fertilizers and pesticides also requires significant amounts of energy and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. This is why startups leverage advances in biotechnology to sustainably manufacture agrochemicals.
Enkochem is a US-based startup offering sustainable agrochemicals. The startup’s platform applies the principles from drug discovery to search the chemical space for novel insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides. The solution minimizes wastage of resources by performing early safety assessments and targeted screening. In this way, the startup provides farmers with sustainable tools to improve crop health.
Holiferm produces Biosurfactants
Surfactants are used widely as cleaning or foaming agents, in domestic products, as well as in scientific research. Current manufacturing practices also generally utilize fossil-based raw materials to produce these. Moreover, through wastewater streams, these often end up in rivers where they hurt biodiversity. To address this, startups and companies are working on sustainable manufacturing solutions for bio-based alternatives.
British startup Holiferm produces biosurfactants from renewable feedstocks. The startup develops HoneySurf LF, a low-foaming biosurfactant using a yeast species found in honey and a natural fermentation process. It finds applications in hard surface cleaners, face creams, shampoos, and conditioners. Holiferm also offers a high-foaming biosurfactant, HoneySurf HF, by adding a chemical modification step after the fermentation process.
Chromologics develops Sustainable Colorants
Natural food colors are derived from high-value raw materials like fruits and vegetables. After extracting the pigment, the rest of the food becomes waste. This, like all food waste, is unsustainable due to the massive emissions involved in agriculture and food processing. Biotech startups provide solutions that manufacture the pigments sustainably in cellular factories.
Danish startup Chromologics develops fungal fermentation solutions to produce natural food colorants. The startup’s proprietary fermentation process offers a sustainable, scalable, and cost-efficient way to produce food colorants. It uses non-GMO fungal strains, producing pigments that are compatible with most dietary preferences. ChromoRed, the startup’s first product, is a sustainable alternative to colorants like carmine and betanin.
Recall produces Cellulose from Waste
Manufacturing waste is a challenge for companies as it requires time and money to get rid of. Even then, the waste mostly ends up in landfills where it gradually emits greenhouse gases. Solutions that channel this waste into manufacturing new products enable both sustainable manufacturing and circular economy practices. It allows manufacturers to derive value from waste, adding revenue streams.
Recell is a Dutch startup that manufactures cellulose from waste. It utilizes a variety of waste streams such as industrial waste, household waste, sewage, papers, and recycled trash. Recell’s eponymous platform converts these into additives, feedstock materials, bioplastics, and other sustainable chemicals. It allows chemical manufacturers to reduce operational costs and lower carbon emissions.
Discover more Sustainable Manufacturing Startups
Startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on artificial intelligence, sensors, the Internet of Things as well as advanced analytics. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing sustainability, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more sustainable technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download one of our free Manufacturing Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.