Green so­lu­tions to press­ing is­sues

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WA­TER-sav­ing taps, lar­vae that turn or­ganic waste into an­i­mal food and plas­tic car parts made from agri­cul­tural waste are among the in­no­va­tions by en­trepreneurs who have reached the fi­nal round in the Global Clean­tech In­no­va­tion Pro­gramme for SMEs in South Africa (GCIP-SA).

The 11 fi­nal­ists were cho­sen for their clean-tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tions that pro­vide so­lu­tions to se­ri­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal challenges. The cat­e­gories in­clude en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, re­new­able en­ergy, waste ben­e­fi­ci­a­tion, wa­ter ef­fi­ciency, and green build­ings and green trans­porta­tion.

“The se­lec­tion of the top per­form­ers for 2017 was based on key busi­ness as­pects such as prod­uct/mar­ket fit, busi­ness model, fi­nanc­ing strat­egy, man­age­ment team and sus­tain­abil­ity,” said GCIP-SA na­tional project man­ager Ger­swynn McKuur.

Part of a global ini­tia­tive, the GCIP-SA is a com­pe­ti­tion-based busi­ness ac­cel­er­a­tor of­fer­ing par­tic­i­pants ex­ten­sive train­ing and men­tor­ing to help them get their prod­ucts in­vest­ment-ready, and con­nect them to net­works of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional peers as well as po­ten­tial part­ners and fun­ders.

The win­ners and two run­ners-up will be an­nounced at an event on Novem­ber 3, with Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy min­is­ter Naledi Pan­dor as the key­note speaker.

The win­ner will re­ceive R120 000 and a trip to the Clean­tech Open Global Fo­rum in Cal­i­for­nia, US, to com­pete against the win­ners of other GCIP pro­grammes from across the globe. The two run­ners-up will each re­ceive R60 000.

Awards will also be given to the most promis­ing fe­male and youth teams, and for the in­no­va­tion with the largest so­cial im­pact. The 11 fi­nal­ists are: Stephanie Pons (Beau­ti­ful-U) – TouchTap, a spe­cial valve de­signed to con­trol wa­ter flow from any tap.

Al­bin Baecker – Bio­trans Pole Sleeves, a flex­i­ble, im­pen­e­tra­ble sleeve that cov­ers the bot­tom of wooden poles, pro­tect­ing the wood from de­cay­ing and in­creas­ing the life­span of the poles.

Euo­dia Naanyane-Bouwer (Gra­cious Nu­bian), who de­vel­oped wash­able, re-us­able and bio-degrad­able san­i­tary pads.

David John Price (Green Iron Tech), who de­vel­oped an iron-bear­ing ma­te­rial con­ver­sion tech­nol­ogy, an eco-friendly, low­cost way of turn­ing dis­carded iron bear­ings into a sell­able prod­uct.

Ge­orge Oliver (IceEn­ergy) – a ther­mal bat­tery that ef­fi­ciently stores en­ergy in the form of la­tent heat in ice.

Bandile Dla­bantu (Khepri Bio­science) – Mo­bile Fly Farms, which use black sol­dier fly lar­vae to con­vert or­ganic waste into an­i­mal feed. This tech­nol­ogy is aimed at emerg­ing farm­ers.

Mar­ius van der Merwe (NewCar­bon), who pro­duces biochar to feed poul­try or sheep. Biochar re­duces car­bon emis­sions by us­ing biomass, and im­proves the health of poul­try and live­stock.

Sara An­dreotti’s Shark­safe bar­rier is an eco-friendly phys­i­cal bar­rier that pro­tects beach­go­ers from sharks, without harm­ing sharks and other sea an­i­mals.

Linda Lin­gan­iso (Unizulu) de­vel­oped a process that uses agri­cul­tural waste to make plas­tic car parts.

Cle­ment Mokoenene’s ve­hi­cle en­ergy har­vest­ing sys­tem uses a spe­cial road over­lay to har­vest pres­sure as ve­hi­cles drive over it, to gen­er­ate re­new­able en­ergy.

Pontsho Mo­let­sane (Yel­low Beast) de­vel­oped Nosets, an au­to­mated ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem that en­hances the ef­fi­ciency of the ir­ri­ga­tion of shal­low-root agri­cul­tural crops.

The GCIP-SA is part of a global ini­tia­tive that aims to ad­dress the most press­ing en­ergy, en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­nomic challenges through pro­mot­ing clean tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion and sup­port­ing small and medium-size en­ter­prises (SMEs) and start-ups.

The GCIP-SA is im­ple­mented by the UN In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Unido), with fund­ing by the Global En­vi­ron­ment Fa­cil­ity.

In South Africa, Unido has part­nered with the Tech­nol­ogy In­no­va­tion Agency as the ex­e­cu­tion and host­ing in­sti­tu­tion for the GCIP, while US-based Clean­tech Open serves as the main knowl­edge part­ner of the global pro­gramme.

Meet the fi­nal­ists at http:// southafrica.clean­te­chopen.org/ fi­nal­ists-2017/

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