Winners edition 2022

The ten finalists of the 2022 edition of the New Energy Challenge were coached to prepare for a pitch before a professional jury. The winners were announced in November. More about the winners here.

Winners 2022

  • CyanoCapture

    Winner — CyanoCapture harnesses the power of genetically modified cyanobacteria to deliver affordable carbon sequestration for high-emitting industries.

  • RepAir

    Winner — RepAir develops an affordable, sustainable, and scalable DAC system that consumes only one-third of the energy required by alternative DAC technologies. RepAir’s solution is based on an electrochemical device that utilises electrical current to separate CO₂ molecules from the air.

  • Barton Blakeley Technologies

    People's Choice Award

    Winner — Barton Blakeley designs, develops & manufactures advanced carbon conversion systems and products of carbon capture. Based on technologies developed by the founder, BBT intends to revolutionise the availability and performance of green energy and materials for everyday products.

  • CarbonSpace

    Energy Transition Campus Amsterdam membership

    Winner — CarbonSpace is developing a satellite-powered platform offering an accurate and cost-effective tool for remote tracking of emissions and sequestrations in the land sector. It aims to bring a new level of transparency and unleash the potential of nature-based carbon removal projects.

Finalists 2022

  • Qaptis

    Finalist — Qaptis, a spin-off from the EPFL in Switzerland, offers a Plug-and-Play solution to capture 90% of carbon emissions from the exhausts of heavy-duty vehicles. The Qaptis CO2 capture kit is simple, low-cost and can be installed on existing vehicles, offering operators the opportunity to start decarbonising now with a de-risked approach.

  • Carbominer

    Finalist — Carbominer develops a new Direct Air Capture technology to capture CO₂ locally from the ambient air. Their competitive advantages are use of a mix of dry and wet capture, use of electrochemistry for CO₂ regeneration, and ability to harness the intermittent renewable energy.

  • energy4future

    Finalist — energy4future is producing biochar on an industrial scale and using it as soil fertiliser for agriculture applications. In all applications, the CO2 captured by the photosynthesis of the used plants will be stored in the soil or the buildings for hundreds of years.

  • NovoCarbo

    Finalist — NovoCarbo operates various pyrolysis sites in Germany, where it transforms biomass/residuals into biochar. It then sells the biochar as fertiliser or additive for material use, as well as the green energy produced during the process and the carbon credits created through the application of the biochar.


    Finalist — PYREG GmbH is a world-leading German manufacturer of machines for carbonising organic waste (biomass, sewage sludge) into EBC-certified biochar while generating renewable energy. By the end of 2022, all PYREG’s 50+ plants commissioned worldwide will remove a total of 30,000 tons of CO2 per year.

  • Airovation Technologies

    Finalist — Airovation has developed a technology to convert CO2 emissions into valuable minerals. Those minerals in turn enable a circular economy, as they can be used as raw materials in the food and feed, agriculture, and glass industries, among others.

Other participants 2022

  • Carbonade

    Participant — In the quest to develop techniques for CO2 utilisation and mitigate climate change, Carbonade is developing an electro-chemical CO2 reduction solution. Its patented electrolyser, which uses renewable electricity, offers a potential route to implement large-scale economic conversion of CO2 into value-added carbon-based products, such as fuel, plastic, and chemicals.

  • ClimateCrop

    Participant — ClimateCrop technologies enable plants to store more carbon and energy to produce higher yields in the forms of biomass or other products. It increases the grain supply from agronomic crops, the productivity in facility agriculture, and the output of industrial plants, while increasing their carbon sequestration rates.

  • D-CRBN

    Participant — D-CRBN, a cleantech spin-off company from the University of Antwerp, has developed a technology that enables the recycling of CO2. This innovative process uses plasma to split CO2 molecules into their original building blocks. These building blocks can be re-used to create valuable products, such as e-fuels, chemicals, or polymers to ultimately achieve a more circular and sustainable economy.

  • NeoCarbon

    Participant — NeoCarbon captures carbon at scale by cutting the costs of Direct Air Capture by leveraging cooling towers around Europe. By retrofitting existing infrastructure without impacting its original function, the time and cost needed to set up a carbon capture system is improved by up to 10 times.

  • RealCarbonTech

    Participant — RealCarbonTech builds container-sized modular solutions for green methanol synthesis to decarbonise industrial facilities. The unique direct synthesis method allows the traditional syngas stage to be skipped and achieves over 95% process efficiency in a single pass.

  • Cambridge Carbon Capture

    Participant — Carbon Capture is developing electrochemical processes which safely, securely, and profitably captures CO2 from the combustion of hydrocarbons as solid carbonate materials. It produces several valuable by-products including critical metals, silica, and construction materials.

  • Green Independence

    Participant — Green Independence is a climate tech start-up that aims to change the energy production paradigm and democratise access to renewable energy. Its main technology is the New Artificial Leaf technology (NAL), which will enable the decentralisation of green energy production and storage through green hydrogen.

  • Carbonauten

    Participant — Carbonauten has developed a system for industry, companies, and municipalities that immediately and effectively reduces CO2 emissions and costs. It includes the production of an innovative material category NET Materials® consisting of a combination of CO2-lowering biocarbons with different binders.


    Participant — RESET is a cleantech engineering and manufacturing company, it provides clients with innovative solutions for sustainable biomass processing and profitable valorisation, reducing disposal costs and environmental impacts.

  • Standard Carbon

    Participant — Standard Carbon recycles exhaust into RNG and is the key to creating a highly profitable, self-sufficient, renewable energy infrastructure. Its zero-CO2 emitting process is powered by abundant renewable energy, and cycles captured carbon molecules between hydrocarbon fuel and CO2.


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