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In this week’s round up of sustainability tech and technologies focused on the UN SDGs, you’ll find AI applied to renewable energies, machine learning (ML) that predicts the most likely time for heart attacks, a prediction that technologies focused on the UN SDGs will be worth $12 trillion by 2030, food waste investment and a water saving IoT startup launches a partnership to save millions of gallons of water.

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5 AI Startups Focused on Renewable Energy

The use of AI in renewable energy has skyrocketed in the last 15 months, here are some of the startups making a difference in that space. Read more here.

AI Predicts Heart Attack Rates

A new machine learning algorithm uses time of year and weather, amongst other data sources to create a model to predict a rise in cardiac arrests. Before I share this with you, I should give you all the disclaimers that this is not medical advice and to consult your physician etc etc, but if you already know you are in a risk category, then you might want to be extra vigilant on Sundays and Mondays and public holidays during sharp drops in temperature. Read more here.

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Nigeria Invests in Animal Biotech

Nigera have allocated almost half of the nation’s GDP to the science and technology ecosystem. In a recent speech, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, said the government is committed to deploying Science and Technology to advance animal biotechnology in the country. Read more here.

Making GIS More Available for Sustainable Tech

Esri announced that it is taking part in a new global collaborative initiative through the Geospatial Information Virtual Centers of Excellence to provide greater access to SDG Data Centers to nations in need. Read more here.

Swiss Tech Reduces Micropollutants from water

Microplastics and micropollutants are everywhere, and each of us is likely to be unwittingly contributing to the problem. Switzerland have been leading the way in managing the issue, and in 2016 put into motion a 20-year commitment to upgrade approximately 130 of the wastewater treatment plants across the country with the necessary technology to remove 80 percent of micropollutants. The Altenrhein Wastewater Treatment Plant is now the first in the world to combined ozonation and granular activated carbon (GAC) to remove micropollutants. Read more here.

Sustainability Tech, $12 Trillion

As you might have spotted already, I am passionate about helping purpose driven technology companies achieve their impact ambitions and help deliver to the UN SDGs. If you had any wonder, this market is estimated to be worth $12 trillion by 2030. If you are a tech leader aiming for this, please do get in touch and I’d love to help. Read more here.

Ireland Tackles Food Waste with Tech Investment

Ireland generates over 1 million tonnes of food waste each year, and this week announced funding for initiatives aimed at reducing food waste generated by food businesses, retailer/wholesalers, or suppliers, also commenting that these funds would help with the department’s additional goals of’ energising the rural economy by encouraging innovative job creation and sustainable enterprise development’. Read more here.

FinTech is Sustainable Too

FinTech waves the ‘I’m sustainable, too’ flag as ARK’s Fintech Innovation ETF talks about how blockchain can be used to help create services that make finance more broadly avaialbe. It’s work noting that the broader remit of the ETF is ‘to profit from advancements in energy, automation, manufacturing, materials and transportation’ Read more here.

IoT Encourages Hotel Guests to Limit Shower Time

IOT water saving companvy, Hyrdao partners with LoRaWAN company, Kerlink, to provide IOT showers for hotels. The showerheads includes sensors that measure temperature, flow and water volume and display consumption data via a series of red, amber and green LEDs. Hydrao predict this could save 1 million gallons of water a year at a large hotel. Read more here.


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