UK Innovations

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The UK has always been innovoative, with world-leading universities, businesses and social enterprises developing new approaches to local and global issues.

Fastank

The FASTANK was initially designed for use by major Aid Agencies in developing countries to meet the needs of the UN Decade of Water & Sanitation. Since then FASTANK® has quickly become the tank of choice for Oil and Chemical spill clean-up, fire fighting, fish-farming and animal rescue.

 

HSBC

HSBC are using blockchain to enable businesses to trade across borders and speed up paperwork, processes and tracking of goods being imported and exported.

www.hsbc.com

De Montfort University

A team at DMU has developed a process which turns old plastics into both prosthetic limb sockets and construction bricks. The cost of producing a prosthetic socket this way is just £10, compared to the current industry average of around £5,000 each and the plastic bricks are 10 times more effective at insulation when compared to a conventional clay brick.

www.dmu.ac.uk

University of Sheffield

Factory 2050 is the first building to be completed on the The University of Sheffield's new Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. The building is home to the AMRC’s Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG). IMG's work is developing the use of robotics and automation, integrated large volume metrology, digitally assisted assembly and manufacturing informatics.

www.amrc.co.uk/facilities/factory-2050

CUANTEC

This Scottish team are opening the potential of the sea and helping eradicate the more than 8.8 million tonnes of plastic that end up in our oceans each year.

Their revolutionary process transforms the waste from the fisheries industry into a flexible anti-microbial and compostable type of food packaging that extends the shelf life of fresh food.

www.cuantec.com/

Surple

The Newport-based company has developed energy management software to help organisations make smarter energy decisions. They have built a platform that imports energy data, visualises it and derives insights from it. As a result, organisations can more accurately assess their energy usage and make changes for the future.

surple.co.uk/

Innovationrca

InnovationRCA is the Royal College of Art’s award-winning centre for entrepreneurship, incubation and acceleration, with unique design-led methodologies.

Established in 2004, it helps staff, students and alumni transform compelling ideas into successful businesses. With global access to seed funding, angel investing and venture capital, InnovationRCA has an exceptional track record, helping to build over 70 companies creating jobs, exports and profits.

McKinsey assessed it as "world-class" and one of the UK’s most successful university-based units of its kind, with a 71% 5-year-survival rate for its start-up companies, compared to the UK average of 16% for university start-ups.

InnovationRCA operates its own angel investor network with programmes aimed at entrepreneurs, start-ups and organisations looking for advisory and consultancy support for nascent innovation and entrepreneurship activities.

Linking together a number of InnovationRCA’s companies is an innovative approach to creating solutions to the ongoing problems associated with the crises in biodiversity, climate, and unsustainable consumption.

Through the application of rigorous research and design thinking, InnovationRCA’s community is building towards a vision of an environmentally sound and socially equitable future which will resonate with the people who will use their products and services.

The tyre collective

The Tyre Collective is a clean-tech company spearheading the capture and monitoring of tyre wear, accelerating the shift towards zero-emission mobility.

Piñatex by ananas anam

Piñatex by Ananas Anam is an innovative material made from pineapple leaf fibre that is increasingly used as an alternative to leather. Finding a use for the waste leaves delivers positive environmental and social impacts: it prevents them from being burnt, and represents a supplementary income stream for pineapple farming communities.

BUFFALOGRID

BuffaloGrid’s mission is to remove internet adoption barriers through the BuffaloGrid Hub, a solar-powered device that can charge 10 portable electronic devices simultaneously and provide access to digital services to connect the ‘next billion’.

ZELP

Zelp is a methane-reduction device and certification system that aims to reduce the environmental impact of methane emissions from the livestock industry.

Knitregen

Knitregen produces wearable tech to aid rehabilitation in stroke sufferers.

deploy tech

Deploy Tech creates easy to deploy concrete water tanks, providing affordable and sustainable water storage infrastructure to rural areas.

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