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Green electricity start-up wins 2020 QBE AcceliCity Resilience Challenge

Barcelona-based start-up Bioo has developed a unique way of generating electricity from plants’ photosynthesis that doesn’t damage them and is 100 per cent renewable.

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Green electricity start-up Bioo has been named winner of the 2020 QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge.

 

The challenge was hosted by Leading Cities, a global non-profit driving city resiliency and sustainability, in partnership with QBE North America.

 

Electricity from plants

 

The start-up selected as champion, Bioo, has developed a way of generating electricity from plants that doesn’t damage them and is 100 per cent renewable. According to the hosts, the technology has the potential to be utilised in a multitude of functions and across industries.

 

In agriculture, it claims to be developing the first 100 per cent sustainable sensor powered by the land, and eliminating the pollution created by chemical batteries, as well as the cost of replacement.

 

Also underway is the Bioo Panel, a vegetal panel that generates and supplies energy from nature to light up parks and gardens. In the future, Bioo seeks to use its technology as an energy source comparable to solar, hydropower or wind energy.

 

“At the heart of our QBE culture is taking care of people and fostering more resilient and sustainable communities. This charitable sponsorship is no different and we’re pleased to partner with Leading Cities to bring it to life,” said Todd Jones, CEO QBE North America.

 

“We look forward to seeing how [Bioo] advances this innovative technology to benefit both cities and local communities.”

 

Bioo was one of 11 finalists representing urban technology start-ups from among hundreds that applied from 37 countries.

 

After a five-month vetting process, a two-month curriculum and a virtual boot camp, QBE and Leading Cities announced the city solution of the Year in a one-hour production featuring the stories and highlights of the 2020 QBE AcceliCity finalists.

“The success of this programme is generated from the creativity and passion of entrepreneurs around the world who are focusing their talents on tackling some of the greatest challenges and threats to humanity”

Bioo receives a $100,000 prize and will be the feature of the upcoming AcceliGov programme, where cities from around the world compete to win a pre-paid pilot programme of its winning solution.

 

The other finalists in full:

 

Dynamhex (US): provides software that helps cities and companies target climate action with measurable results

Breeze Technologies (Germany): a technology leader for air quality sensors, data and analytics

Carbon Upcycling (Canada): formed to use the pollution of today to build the materials of tomorrow by converting CO2 gas into solid products

Circuit (US): a free, all-electric transportation system working to reduce carbon emissions and urban traffic

Collective Liberty (US): obtains actionable intelligence for law enforcement, equipping them with curated data to arrest and convict human traffickers

Eva (Portugal): develops drone infrastructure for urban areas to make the future of drone applications in our cities more operational, secure and scalable

Lazarillo (Chile): an intelligent platform that helps public and private institutions make their digital and physical services more accessible for citizens with disabilities

Oxygeni (Poland): an air filtration system used with street lighting infrastructure to improve urban air quality

WeavAir (Canada): proactive solution that prevents the spread of contamination and infection, ensuring comprehensive regulation compliance, while reducing operation costs

ZaaK (Germany): stops the depletion of natural sand by upcycling industrial waste by-products into smart sand while improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

 

“The success of this programme is generated from the creativity and passion of entrepreneurs around the world who are focusing their talents on tackling some of the greatest challenges and threats to humanity,” added Mike Lake, president and CEO of Leading Cities.

 

“From energy production and ending human trafficking to clean air and drone infrastructure, these solutions are extending the boundaries of our imagination and redefining the quality of life in urban centres.”

 

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