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Finalists announced for Cleantech Innovate 2017

* Cleantech-Innovate.jpgThe 36 leading innovating companies in the low-carbon tech sector selected as the finalists for Cleantech Innovate 2017, the showcase for the commercial low-carbon stars of the future, were announced yesterday - and intelligent warm air hand dryer manufacturer Savortex as well as a number of recycling and waste-to-energy innovators are amongst them.

Cleantech Innovate showcases the very best in clean, green, low-carbon technology and will take place at the Royal Institution in London's Mayfair next week, on 27th April.

Now in its fifth year, it offers the 36 handpicked presenting companies that are seeking funding, partnerships, publicity or support in developing their ideas, the opportunity to pitch and connect to a 300+ strong audience consisting of active funders, family offices, corporates, support agencies and media from around the world.

The technologies on show from the finalists will cover the full gamut of the low-carbon economy, from agri-informatics and hydrogen fuel cells through to waste recycling and electric trucking. The list of finalists includes companies from all parts of the UK and the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, and Brazil, and the event will be structured according to the categories of the awards: biotechnology, renewable energy, low-carbon transport, waste, and energy efficiency. The full list of finalists can be found here.

Cleantech Innovate is being supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Keynote addresses will be delivered by: a BEIS representative; Chris Huhne, co-chair of ET Index Research; and Chris Holmes, managing director and head of waste and bioenergy at the Green Investment Bank. The full agenda for the event can be found here.

Low-carbon investors recently welcomed the £270 million investment into the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund announced by the Chancellor Phillip Hammond in the 2017 Spring Budget, which is expected to foster innovation in clean technologies, in particular electric vehicles and offshore wind.

"It's vitally important that we as a country continue to invest in the green technologies that we absolutely need to reduce our carbon emissions and support the economy," says Charlotte Morton, chief executive of event organiser We Are Orchard.

"Cleantech Innovate will showcase the most cutting-edge innovations coming out of the cleantech sector today and give those attending the chance to find opportunities for investment in the low-carbon economy. It promises to be an exciting event!"

Speaking on his excitement and reasons for presenting at Cleantech Innovate 2017, finalist Syed Ahmed, CEO at Savortex and ex-BBC/Lord Alan Sugar's The Apprentice , says:

"We are thrilled to have been chosen from hundreds of applicants. Our hand dryers have been designed to transform the washroom market by delivering unrivalled levels of sustainability, energy savings and operational resource savings. We look forward to showcasing them to people who share our vision and values for a sustainable future."

Alan Archer, managing director at Alert Technology, adds:

"Alert Technology is thrilled to be a finalist at this year's Cleantech Innovate with an opportunity to introduce our patented technology to the cleantech community. The 'Asbestos Alert' is the world's first real-time warning device for airborne asbestos fibres - offering a risk reduction tool for the many companies who come up against asbestos as a problem in their projects.

"Whether asbestos is disturbed during the upgrade and improvement to the fabric of buildings, boilers or mechanical services; or during the disposal of waste, remediation of land or in the decommissioning of power stations etc., the 'Asbestos Alert' provides a vital first line of defence to help prevent prolonged exposure to this airborne carcinogen.

"We welcome the prospect of meeting potential future commercial partners, suppliers and prospective investors who might become a part of our future commercialisation."

W: www.cleantechinnovate.com

20th April 2017

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