Jose Batista, CEO
Steffen Georg, COO
Aquature offer a technology to produce green chemicals and carbon neutral fuels from wastewater, using a net energy-positive bio-electrochemical process
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BeeX Autonomous Systems
BeeX Autonomous Systems
After dedicating a decade to researching and developing autonomous vehicles, in 2018 Grace Chia and Goh Eng Wei established BeeX Autonomous Systems, a Deeptech Engineering spin-off from the National University of Singapore (NUS). The team of 10, currently based at NUS, has experience across the energy sector, and with self-driving cars.
BeeX is currently developing hovering autonomous underwater vehicles that can be paired with subscription-based software, allowing service providers to spend less time on capturing and processing data before it reaches the asset owners to make quicker, more informed decisions. The autonomy will enable inspections to take place without sending anyone offshore, taking workers out of hazardous environments. The technology can reduce carbon emissions by 50 tonnes a day (per vehicle) by having more flexible deployment options, rather than solely relying on large polluting vessels as is done today. Overall BeeX’s technology enables critical inspections to be undertaken with less resources, in less time.
BeeX’s autonomous vehicles will help ensure that windfarm infrastructure is maintained and inspected on a much more regular cycle as there is no marginal cost.
The company is committed to establishing a supportive network that can offer valuable insights to UK and European markets. Still based in Singapore, which at present does not have any active wind farms, BeeX views their TechX journey as a way to propel them closer to deployment in the UK.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Switching on 93.6GW in new global capacity in 2021, the wind industry had its second-best year ever, but installations still must quadruple by the end of the decade for the sector to contribute to the world reaching a 1.5℃ pathway and net zero by mid-century, according to the Global Wind Energy Council. For the wind industry, this means more turbines and new, advanced technologies to produce more power from the same device.
Brayfoil Technologies’ offering does just that. Founded by Matthew and his father Robert Bray, the start-up is developing a biomimetic shape-changing blade that can reduce excess loadings in gusts and storm conditions, thereby enabling larger and more efficient turbines. The blade acts like an aircraft wing’s flaps and ailerons but without the complexity; it has an intrinsic lifting shape which can actively change using an internal actuator to vary the lift and drag and thereby reduce loadings. As the shape changes, the blade’s angle also shifts relative to the incoming wind for faster adaptation to changing conditions.
With the company based in South Africa, Brayfoil Technologies are keen to utilise TechX’s global network to get closer to potential customers and develop a full understanding of the wind ecosystem. To date, the company has built a number of prototypes and plan to launch their first pilot turbine later this year with 7.5 metre blades and a height of 25 metres.
Alex Hammer, CEO
Ahmed Ismail, CEO and COO
The world’s first self-driving laboratory for electrocatalytic CO2 utilisation, significantly speeding up catalyst discovery.
As the number of offshore installations increases, the ocean economy must scale up the use of subsea robotics to meet growing inspection and maintenance requirements. However, this is constrained by the high cost and carbon footprint associated with the large support vessels required to deploy them.
Pioneering start-up HonuWorx presents a solution with their submersible all-electric motherships. With a high degree of autonomy, the systems allow for the deployment and operation of subsea robots, all controlled and supervised entirely from shore. Acting as an electric alternative to large diesel powered vessels, this innovative solution eliminates the need for a crew in hazardous conditions, while driving down CO2 emissions by up to 30 tonnes per day (per vehicle), and the cost of collecting necessary data required to make informed decisions, addressing customers’ evolving needs. Unaffected by the weather above the surface or seasonal changes, the technology enables a year-round service.
Lucas Wissmann and CEO Lee Wilson founded HonuWorx in June 2020. Their commitment to progress subsea deployment solutions stems from the company’s core values; to support sustainable economic growth, protect the environment and preserve life below water.
With a team of seven, HonuWorx collectively offers decades of experience in marine robotics and autonomy. The company is committed to utilising the expert advice they have received from accessing TechX’s diverse range of mentors, as well as the programme’s customer discovery sessions, which are actively helping them shape their strategic direction.
JET Engineering System Solutions
In 2021, CEO James Thomas founded JET Engineering, presenting a solution in the form of floating 5G mesh network buoys that are able to withstand harsh conditions. This innovative solution makes the likes of telecoms at sea a reality, uniquely utilising 5G to increase the level of bandwidth available. Designed to be deployed individually or as part of a larger network, the 5G floating buoys enable Industry 4.0 capacity data transmission rates for offshore operations, increasing safety and efficiency.
The technology can actively enable the offshore wind industry to have quicker installation and commissioning phases, and greener operations throughout the assets’ lifespan; the likes of drones can be easily deployed rather than relying on pollutive vessels. This will reduce carbon emissions and cut costs, enabling more offshore renewables deployment.
ZEM Fuel Systems
John Irvine, CTO
Shen Jain, COO
An ammonia-based fuel cell to power marine vehicles resulting in zero-carbon transportation.