The 15 CCU Challenge finalists have been announced!

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The CCU Challenge Rotterdam partners have spoken. 15 startups from around the world – from
Canada to Estonia – will be invited to the Dealmaking Day of this challenge!

CCU Challenge Rotterdam finalists

The Greater Rotterdam The Hague area is working with startups and scaleups to become leading in the domain of carbon capture and utilisation (CCU).

The 15 finalists

These 15 founders from 10 countries showed their impact-driven solutions:

  • Arkeon‘s one-step fermentation process produces all the amino acids humans need in one go. Their solution converts CO² with the help of archaea into complete and versatile protein ingredients such as amino acids and peptides – without the use of land, animals, or large quantities of water.
  • Solar Food grows hydrogen-oxidizing bacteria using gas fermentation and CO² and renewable electricity. This means that food is harvested without use of soil and water. The end product is a protein rich powder that can be used as a food ingredient.
  • Novonutrients: Their workhorse organism C. Necator ferments carbon dioxide and hydrogen into nutritionally complete protein in their proprietary looping bioreactors. The process requires minimal media containing ammonia and oxygen. Microbes are optimized to grow in specific mixtures of emissions gasses through guided laboratory evolution, and can be genetically altered to produce high value biochemicals such as carotenoids.
  • Colipi patented a unique and innovative gas fermentation bioreactor that safely handles O² and H² at scale and maximizes gas-transfer rates. This bioreactor is equipped with a CO²-growing bacteria that acts as a CO²-sink and feeds to their high performance yeast strain that turns the bacterial biomass into oils, proteins, and vitamins.
  • Up Catalyst uses CO² as a feedstock to make sustainable carbon nanomaterials and graphite for the EV battery industry. These carbon nanomaterials are valuable additives in energy storage and production devices for better performance through energy density management
  • Carbon Upcycling Technologies solution helps decarbonise waste and CO², unlocking a new frontier of circular materials. Their solution combines CO² with local industrial byproducts and natural materials to improve the performance of low-emission cement and plastics.
  • Blue Planet: Their solution aims to convert captured CO² into carbon negative synthetic limestone construction aggregates. This permanent form of carbon sequestration is intended to be used as a construction aggregate to help male concrete and the built environment, carbon negative.
  • CarbiCrete creates concrete makers and enables the production of cement-free, carbon-negative concrete. The process uses steel slag, a waste product – to replace cement in concrete products. The CO² is injected into the concrete to provide strength, while permanently sequestering CO² within the resulting products.
  • O.C.O Technologies permanently captures carbon dioxide. The solution utilizes carbon dioxide gas as a resource to treat and valorise a wide range of thermal wastes including APCr.
  • Carbon Recycling International: They produce renewable methanol from carbon dioxide and hydrogen to create more sustainable fuels, chemicals, and products. By working with the industry around the world, they develop transformative projects creating valuable products from waste gasses and renewable energy.
  • Ineratech produces sustainable fuels and chemical products manufactured in modular chemical plants using the Power-to-X or Gas-to-X process. Hydrogen produced from renewable electricity is converted with greenhouse gasses such as CO² into e-kerosene, CO²-neutral diesel, synthetic waxes, methanol or SNG.
  • Econic Technologies pioneers the utilization of carbon dioxide as a valuable raw material. They license and sell innovative catalyst and processes technology for the manufacture of CO² containing polymers used in essential everyday products.
  • Methanology engineers a new carbon capturing and power-to-liquid and decentralized energy-storage system for renewable energy producers and PV owners of all sizes. This technology converts CO² into e-methanol by a carbon neutral enzyme catalyzed process.
  • RenewCO2 modular electrocatalytic carbon utilization technology (eCUT) efficiently converts waste CO² into carbon negative mono ethylene glycol (MEG). The modules integrate perfectly with existing MEG facilities as they emit a concentrated stream of pure CO².
  • RealCarbonTech: their solution uses renewable power to produce methanol, which represents a stable way of storing low-carbon energy for easy transportation with already existing storage and distribution infrastructure. By synfueling from CO² emissions and hydrogen without syngas step, energy usage is reduced by 30%, 10-30% less capex and zero CO² emissions.

January 26th. Matchmaking day.

For this day Startups and organisations are being matched by Unknown Group, based on the preferences of the startups and organisatons. During matchmaking day, the startups and organisations can discuss potential collaboration more in depth.


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