Six Energy Innovations That Will Help #Makethefuture

Entrepreneurs find inspiration in unlikely places

Written by LNTV Staff • December 13, 2016

What if the dregs of your morning coffee held the secret to unlocking the next breakthrough in renewable energy? You wouldn’t just be reading tea leaves.

Live Nation TV is collaborating with Shell on the #makethefuture campaign to highlight standout entrepreneurs creating inspiring new ways to help generate more, cleaner energy in the world right now—by using unexpected items like coffee ground waste or leftover cooking oil.

Here are a few of the groundbreaking innovators and their cleaner energy solutions leading the charge:

Arthur Kay | bio-bean While studying architecture in 2012, Arthur Kay noticed the sheer volume of waste produced by London coffee shops—spent grounds that still seemed to retain a high oil content. Kay realized that more than just a productive morning could be powered by coffee. He went on to create bio-bean, the world’s first company to upcycle waste grounds into advanced biofuels.

Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves | GravityLight These London-based designers were looking for a safer and more efficient alternative to the costly kerosene lamps used for light in developing nations. While they thought they’d find a solution in solar, their breakthrough insight was weightier. GravityLight harnesses the falling power of a bag of rocks to generate enough clean energy to illuminate a room.

Shutong Liu | MotionECO Food safety and pollution—two seemingly unrelated issues facing China throughout its rapid growth—were joined in the mind of startup founder Shutong Liu when he realized that they could be tackled together: MotionECO transforms used cooking oil into sustainable biofuel, thereby incentivizing restaurants to 1) stop re-using their cooking oil, and 2) supply the area with locally made renewable diesel fuel. The idea has the potential to help significantly reduce greenhouse emissions from transport.

Laurence Kemball-Cook | Pavegen The idea of harvesting power from footsteps came to Kemball-Cook while still in school. He believed that the next breakthrough in cleaner energy could be powered by people. Soon after, The result? He started Pavegen, which designs indoor-outdoor tiles that convert the kinetic energy from steps into renewable electricity. Pavegen’s technology has already been put into action, both in Nigeria and Brazil, where the tiles have been installed under football pitches to help power their floodlights.

Henrique Drumond | Insolar Rio de Janeiro startup Insolar, led by company CEO Drumond, is invested in spreading green technology to communities in need of more reliable power—including the nearly 1.5 million people who live in Rio’s favelas. Insolar is changing the game with a pilot project in Santa Marta, where they have installed solar panels on community buildings. The installation is expected to generate 185,000 days of free, clean power over the lifetime of the solar panels.

Sanwal Muneer | Capture Mobility As he stood on the side of a Malaysian racetrack, the inspiration for a new kind of wind power came to Capture Mobility leader Muneer. Feeling the turbulence of cars speeding by, he realized that the millions of vehicles driving the world’s roads every day are an untapped resource. He soon created a prototype of the Capture Mobility wind turbine—a device mounted on the side of highways that when turned by the wakes of passing cars is capable of generating up to seven kilowatts per day – enough to support an average-sized home for 24 hours.

Shell’s #makethefuture movement aims to inspire today’s creators to help answer tomorrow’s energy challenges. Learn more about the project here.

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