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Countdown to Davos: Ecovative Design

As a countdown to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos, we’re profiling all 30 of our fellow 2011 Tech Pioneer award winners. Check our full profile series to learn more.

Ecovative Design

What they do:

Ecovative creates products that are like plastic–except better. Ecovative’s EcoCradle packing product, for example, is just like Styrofoam, except it doesn’t require any oil or gas to produce, and it won’t sit in a landfill forever. Instead, EcoCradle is made from seed husks and mushroom roots and will naturally break down when you’re done with it. You can compost it, or, if that’s too crunchy-granola for you, just throw it out. Packing peanuts made of mushrooms? What a wonderful world this is.

Why it’s cool:

Did we mention that they make mushroom-plastic? But seriously, think about how many products use Styrofoam (the fancy name for it is epanded polystyrene or EPS foams). Hint: it’s a lot–$100 billion dollars worth in the U.S. alone. Making those foams depletes fossil fuels (which are already running out)–and once the products are made, they never go away. Hello, large and unsightly landfills. Ecovative’s products eliminate the need for these environmental enemies–and give you one less reason to feel guilty about the online shopping purchases piled at your front door.

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Countdown to Davos: Quintas Renewable Energy Solutions

As a countdown to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos, we’re profiling all 30 of our fellow 2011 Tech Pioneer award winners. Check our full profile series to learn more.

Quintas Renewable Energy Solutions

What they do:

In Nigeria, due to low power generation, an overloaded power system, and fluctuating voltage, there are frequent brownouts and blackouts throughout the country. These outages result not only in inefficiency and inconvenience but also in injury and even death. Quintas Renewable Energy Solutions is addressing this problem by making inverters that work on a variety of power sources (including solar, wind, and battery). The company was founded by a doctor who was dismayed by the deaths caused during power outages during childbirth and surgeries. Today, Quintas’ inverters are used in hospitals, clinics, and residential homes. Plus, Quintas is also committed to using Nigeria’s natural resources–wind, solar, dam brooks, gas resources, and biogas–to increase the country’s power supply.

Why it’s cool:

A power outage might not seem like a big deal–in fact, when it happens once a year, it might even seem kind of fun (board games by candlelight, anyone?) But regular power outages not only disrupt the flow of business–they can cost lives. Quintas’ inverters help stabilize life in Nigeria by preventing against these outages. What’s more, the company’s commitment to developing and using natural resources to improve power generation is good for the environment–and for Nigeria.

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Countdown to Davos: TaKaDu

As a countdown to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos, we’re profiling all 30 of our fellow 2011 Tech Pioneer award winners. Check our full profile series to learn more.

TaKadu

What they do:

We need water to survive. But there’s not enough clean drinking water to go around, and a lot of what we do have is lost in the process of distribution. Aging water networks leak 25-30% of water–4.5 billion gallons per day in the U.S., to be specific. TaKaDu’s software alerts utility companies in real-time to quickly detect and repair leaks, bursts, inefficiencies, and more. As soon as there’s a problem, TaKaDu will let utility personnel know.

Why it’s cool:

We like water. In fact, we would die without it. TaKaDu gets that–which is why they’re so set on improving the efficiency of water consumption. Thanks to their efforts, a lot less water is being lost. Plus, their work also reduces energy use–always a plus!

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