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Last year’s edition of Prototypes for Humanity was unprecedented in its depth when it came to climate-tech solutions. With more than half of the show dedicated to climate-related projects, we presented the latest evolving ideas, strategies, and tools in areas including climate data analysis, disaster response, sustainability in farming and construction, clean water access, plastic crisis resolution, air quality improvement, carbon capture, and clean energy production. Together, all the solutions presented aimed to address crucial environmental challenges and promote greater ecological balance.

AlgaeWave

AlgaeWave

Bio-engineering

Imperial College London

Revolutionising biomass production by turning noise into growth

Algreen

Algreen

Alternative materials

Imperial College London

Bio-based polyurethanes to replace harmful petrol-plastics

B-BLOCK

B-BLOCK

Bio-engineering

Universitas Pelita Harapan

Mycelium blocks for temporary architecture solutions and prototyping

BactAir

BactAir

Bio-engineering

Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Bioengineering solution to detect and degrade air pollution

BaTree

BaTree

Energy

Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI)

Leveraging micro-wind patterns to generate electricity from palm trees

BetterE

BetterE

Safe habitats

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)

A system to extend lithium battery life and reduce e-waste

Beyond the Coffee Cup

Beyond the Coffee Cup

Waste management

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Transforming coffee farming waste into eco-products

Bioplastics from Potato Waste

Bioplastics from Potato Waste

Agriculture

Bio and Emerging Technology Institute(BETin)

Transforming potato chip waste into bioplastics and valuable chemicals

Boro Bandhu

Boro Bandhu

Food

National Institute of Design, Andhra Pradesh

Smart irrigation monitoring, reducing water waste in rice cultivation

Carbon Cell

Carbon Cell

Alternative energy

Imperial College London

Replacing harmful polystyrene with a new biodegradable foam

Carbon Neutral Mining

Carbon Neutral Mining

Bio-engineering

University of Cape Town (UCT)

Sustainable fuels from plants, benefiting mining communities

CCSNet.ai

CCSNet.ai

Clean energy

Stanford University

Fast-tracking subsurface simulations for CO2 storage, advancing carbon reduction efforts

Cellulose Beads

Cellulose Beads

New materials

Aalto University

Eco-friendly cellulose microbeads for sustainable personal care products

Climate Modelling Investigation

Climate Modelling Investigation

Safe habitats

University of Calgary

Improving climate models to better predict extreme weather

CompCap Tech

CompCap Tech

Safe habitats

The University of Edinburgh

Carbon capture technology applied to vehicle exhausts

Continuous Cyanobacteria Sensor

Continuous Cyanobacteria Sensor

Bio-engineering

Loughborough University

Eco-friendly carbon removal using modified cyanobacteria and sunlight

Cycleau

Cycleau

Water purification

Parsons School of Design

Retrofitted household greywater treatment system for ageing water infrastructures

Data2Action

Data2Action

Clean air

University of Waterloo

IoT solution to monitor and predict air pollution-related diseases

Digital Twins 4 Tailings Dams

Digital Twins 4 Tailings Dams

Safe habitats

University of Oxford

Using satellite monitoring to prevent tailings storage facility risks

Disinfectants from Waste

Disinfectants from Waste

Waste management

Constructor University

Transforming food waste into sustainable aerosol disinfectants

Ecolattice

Ecolattice

Safe habitats

American University of Sharjah

Novel packed beds for efficient carbon capture

Electric Skin

Electric Skin

Bio-engineering

Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar

Converting air humidity to electricity with innovative biomaterials

Farming Secure Water

Farming Secure Water

Water purification

Yale University

Solar disinfection for household water management

Ferroelectric Electrolyte Batteries

Ferroelectric Electrolyte Batteries

Chemical and Industrial processes

University of Porto

Solid-state batteries maximizing safety and sustainability in energy storage

FlowIO Platform

FlowIO Platform

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Advanced platform for soft robotics, streamlining prototyping with integrated tools

Green Concrete

Green Concrete

Consumption and waste

University of Mining and Geology

Cement-free, eco-friendly binder utilising Vietnam's industrial waste

Healing Materialities

Healing Materialities

Alternative materials

Politecnico di Milano

Unlocking Biodesign’s potential in sustainable transition

Household Defluoridation Prototype

Household Defluoridation Prototype

Water purification

The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology

Capacitive deionisation to combat high fluoride levels in water and reduce health risks

HyaPak

HyaPak

Plastic waste reduction

Turning invasive weeds into eco-friendly bioplastics

IntelliCropPK

IntelliCropPK

Farming

Habib University

Artificial Intelligence solutions to drive sustainable farming

Kloudtrack

Kloudtrack

Community

Bataan Peninsula State University

Real-time weather monitoring solution for vulnerable communities

LixiLab

LixiLab

Water purification

University of Los Andes

Tackling water contamination with biodesign and community engagement