FBICRC & Climate Launchpad Green Business Ideas Comp Finals!

20th August 2020

As part of the Future Battery Industry CRCs partnership with ClimateLaunchpad, we’re pleased to invite you to the ClimateLaunchpad Australian National Final, to be held online via Zoom on Wednesday the 26th of August at 5.00-6.30pm AEST. Get your tickets today and be part of this incredible event. Tickets are free of charge, and once you’ve registered you’ll be able to get access to the Zoom link 24 hours prior to the event going live.

Climate Launchpad is the world’s largest green business ideas competition. After several weeks of rigorous training, intense coaching and regional pitch finals, our ClimateLaunchpad teams have finally reached the Australian National Finals. This is where it all comes together and you get to witness the country’s most viable green start-ups battle it out for a spot in the global finals. 

Their goal? Global climate impact. And winning a spot to compete against 50+ countries at the global final of course. 

Be part of this green wave and join us for our first completely digital ClimateLaunchpad National Final. We expect a wide range of attendees, including leaders of innovation, government, research and industry. The top three teams from Australia will be selected by our judging panel to progress to the South-East Asian Regional finals, to be hosted by Indonesia in September.

Get your tickets today.

About the teams:

Economical Energy (SA): Our energy storage technology improves on pumped hydroelectricity – without any geographical requirements, meaning it can be built close by to renewable supply or demand. It makes use of and builds upon existing, well understood technologies, and based on our calculations, we expect it to be cheaper than pumped hydro. A provisional patent application was filed in November 2019.

Elevenstore (VIC): Current battery storage relies on unsustainable mining of global reserves of lithium and cobalt that could potentially become constrained and expensive. In addition, current battery technologies have safety issues particularly at elevated temperatures. The proposed technology is composed of safe, sustainable, environmentally-friendly, earth-abundant and cheap raw materials. These properties make our technology an excellent candidate for many high volume mobility applications, in particular in high density populations where lower driving range but affordable EVs, electric bikes and scooters are in high demand, and where weather conditions require a more stable technology than is currently available.

Geo-Fly (WA): This project involves the development of a circular-economy industrial process to create geopolymer cement from Collie fly-ash and integrate it with construction and demolition wastes (CDW) existing in Perth landfill sites (etc.) to produce an environmentally friendly and sustainable concrete product. This product aims to offset the GHG emissions produced by the conventional concrete industry (which globally accounts for ≈7% of the world’s CO2 emissions).

Localcycle (NSW): Localcycle is a local organic waste management available for cafes, restaurants, offices and councils to divert their organic waste from entering landfill and simultaneously turn it into added value products such as high-quality mushrooms, design furniture, compost, organic fertiliser sold back to local businesses and the community.

Recyslag (WA): The global demand for cobalt is high and increasing with possible supply deficit due to technology advancements coupled with rapid depletion of ore reserves leading to cobalt being labelled as a ‘critical’ element. Approximately 35 million tons of copper slag waste is produced annually worldwide with high residual content of cobalt and copper metals. The environmental risks associated with copper slag waste have been a rising concern particularly the release of potentially toxic elements to the environment which may lead to human health challenges and loss of biodiversity. Thus, recycling of copper slag waste has dual benefits of increasing supply of as well as reduce the impact on climate for a sustainable cobalt for clean energy storage society.

Seed 2 Diesel (QLD): Fuel for agriculture is too expensive. Farmers can grow their own oilseed crops, but to expect every farmer to buy, maintain, and run the equipment for a week every year to make a consistent quality fuel that meets engine standards is unreasonable. We provide equipment through a shared facility, and apply engineering expertise to make consistent quality fuel, and a central place from which to on-sell the meal.