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4 Top Advanced Waste-To-Energy Startups Impacting The Energy Industry

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Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the energy industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 4 promising Advanced Waste-to-Energy Solutions.

Heat Map: 4 Top Advanced Waste-to-Energy Solutions

For our 4 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 4 interesting examples out of 108 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.

Agilyx – Plastic-To-Crude Oil

Converting waste plastics into raw materials has numerous benefits. Through a combination of technical expertise, operating know-how, technology platform, and partnerships with industry, USA-based Agilyx, an alternative energy company, converts plastic waste into refinery-ready crude oil with proprietary and patented technology. They are committed to a more environmentally responsible reality for plastics and polymers. Liquified waste plastic can be a substitute for crude oil, with further opportunity to be upgraded to fuels, chemicals and even new types of plastics.

Frontline BioEnergy – Waste Gasification

Although the recycling rate of waste has increased over the last few years, so has the overall waste volume in landfills. Another way to decrease those high numbers in landfill trash is to use waste gasification. Using Pressurized Bubbling Fluidized Bed (PBFB) air-blown and enriched oxygen-blown gasification, followed by gas cooling and water condensation to produce a fuel gas that is free of particulate and has low tar and moisture levels. Gasification not only helps waste management, but it also displaces conventional fossil fuels while producing cleaner energy. Frontline BioEnergy from the USA designs custom systems for waste, more specifically for biomass gasification.

Other startups that we analyzed for this article include Renewlogy and Rays Enserv.


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Matt Chester on Aug 7, 2019

What sort of metrics to you look for when determining a waste-to-energy startup that you think has the potential to be a 'next big thing,' David?

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David Prasser on Aug 20, 2019

Hi, that’s a good question! First, we’re looking at the general trends in a specific field, in this case, waste-to-energy. This helps us to determine which startups we will be looking at in more in-depth. For the startups that we showcase in this article, the most important factor is how relevant their technology/solution is for the field. To come to more specific results we can also factor in metrics such as founding year, location, number of employees, etc. It’s important to say, however, that the startups showcased above are just examples out of all relevant startups/companies we’ve identified for this field. Does that answer your question?

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Matt Chester on Aug 20, 2019

It does, thanks David. The root of my question, which perhaps I could have included initially, was whether you're looking more at the companies that are close to making an impact or if you're also considering those who are in the early early stages but have the potential to make a huge impact if (and oftentimes, that's a big if) successful. It sounds like you're looking more at the former-- the companies on the precipice of making a difference. 

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Gary Hilberg on Aug 13, 2019

David - this is an interesting analysis, seems like all three of the four are plastics to feedstock or energy.  It seems like we are not making additional progress with physical recycling so chemical conversion should help.  Will you be making more of the report public?


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David Prasser on Aug 20, 2019

Hi Gary, thanks for the great feedback! We’ll definitely be looking more into physical recycling as well and will share this report here too. On our blog (StartUs Insights Innovator’s Guide) you can find this article in full-length as well as many others we’ve looked into for the energy industry. Is there a specific topic you’re interested in?

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