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Green electricity start-up Bioo will provide education kits to 10 high schools in the German city to educate students on its technology, which generates electricity from soil and plants.
Hamburg has been selected for a pre-paid renewable energy pilot through the Leading Cities’ AcceliGOV competition.
Green electricity start-up Bioo, the winner of the 2020 QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge, will provide education kits to 10 high schools in Hamburg to educate students on its revolutionary technology, which generates electricity from soil and plants.
In a separate announcement, Leading Cities has chosen 50 semi-finalist start-ups and solutions for this year’s QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge, which is among the largest smart city programmes of its kind globally.
Hamburg was selected from seven finalists, including Athens, Stockholm and Torino, for the second round of Leading Cities’ AcceliGOV competition, which offered municipalities around the world the chance to compete for the pilot.
“Bioo’s innovative technology represents the future of renewable energy supplied 24 hours a day, every day,” said Mike Lake, president and CEO of Leading Cities. “Providing the Bioo Education STEM module to youth in Hamburg, will not only teach a new generation about the importance of using renewable energy and the science behind this revolutionary solution, it also serves as an inspiration for students to explore their own ingenuity, understand entrepreneurship, and pursue their own dreams for global impact.”
Bioo leverages the electricity produced as a result of the decomposition of organic substances within soil by bacteria, rainwater and irrigation. During the molecular break down process, electrons are freed. Bioo technology captures these electrons effectively generating electricity from nature.
“Bioo’s innovative technology represents the future of renewable energy supplied 24 hours a day, every day”
With the Bioo Education kit, students can learn first-hand how to generate electricity from nature with a materials kit, pedagogical plan and digital platform. They will see biological batteries as new sources of energy generation, diving into the practical knowledge of key contents of biology, geology, physics, chemistry and technology.
Hamburg students in the 9th to 13th grade are tasked with building these bio-batteries. The material they need for this can be found in the experimental sets.
“I am particularly convinced that these scientific experiments will inspire young scientists, further fuelling their interest in sustainability and arousing their interest in studying science,” said Kerstin Kuchta, vice president of teaching at TU Hamburg.
The 50 start-ups going through to the next round of this year’s QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge applicants represent 24 different verticals including Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and machine learning, mobility and transportation, urban agriculture, smart health, smart water, security, environment, clean energy and building technologies.
This year more than 500 companies representing 44 countries applied to be part of the programme. It aims to lower the cost and risk of innovation for start-ups as well as cities and corporations by streamlining the innovation and sales cycles for smart city solutions.
“Each year the quality of solutions continues to increase, demonstrating the growing maturity of the smart and resilient city industry,” said Lake. “Being selected as a semi-finalist in the QBE AcceliCITY programme, among such impressive competitors, is already an outstanding achievement and worthy of the attention that cities around the world will now give each semi-finalist.”
“Each year the quality of solutions continues to increase, demonstrating the growing maturity of the smart and resilient city industry”
Each semi-finalist will work with Leading Cities and industry mentors throughout the rest of the competition. Mentors will guide them to the proper channels, networks, people, and knowledge to do business with cities worldwide and to help them achieve their goals, increase the value they can offer, and help them grow.
With the application process behind them, these companies will also participate in a two-month, web-based curriculum featuring smart city leaders from around the world. Companies that are selected as finalists will participate the QBE AcceliCITY Boot Camp, where they will have the chance to connect with potential clients and investors.
To find out more about the semi-finalists, go to about the QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge 2021.
Leading Cities is a non-profit organisation that aims to connect cities across the globe with innovations and insights by delivering advanced research, emerging trends, and new technologies that improve the quality of life in urban centres.
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