Skytree wins Environment category at the Hello Tomorrow Challenge

Skytree, a fast growing startup at Amsterdam Science Park, is proud to have won the ‘Environment’ category at the Hello Tomorrow Challenge held in Paris last week. Next to receiving the €15.000 track prize they also had the chance to present Skytree to the entire summit audience during its closing session. Séverin Fischer, Head of environment and extra financial accounting at BNP Paribas presented the award.

Skytree uses space-technology to concentrate carbon dioxide from the air for use in everyday applications such as growing produce or managing water quality. By harnessing CO2 from the air and providing it on-site, Skytree removes the need for frequently having to replace high-pressure, bulky CO2 cylinders. A Skytree unit provides carbon-neutral CO2 as it is sourced directly from the air.

Skytree was founded in 2010 and initially won funding from the European Space Agency Business Incubation Program (ESA-BIC). This year, Skytree has been involved in multiple prototype development collaborations with industry including companies from the greenhouse, automotive, aquarium and fuel sectors. The last was partially funded by the European Commission to develop an atmospheric CO2 supply system for residential energy production under the umbrella of the EU’s SME2 program and named the ‘Willpower’ project.

Their current research activities encompass theoretical modeling of adsorption processes in collaboration with TU Delft as well as investigations of sorbent stability together with researchers at UvA. They are looking for further collaborations in the area of novel sorbent material design and CO2 to fuel applications.

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