New Zealand will virtually present five breakthrough clean tech companies to potential international investors at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) running from January 15 to 19.

New Zealand is one of 10 country delegations participating in ADSW and the companies will feature during the conference running alongside Masdar City’s Innovate Initiative held during the event.

The five New Zealand companies were selected because of their potential to help countries and companies reach their net-zero goals offering solutions in clean energy, water management, circular economy, carbon offsetting and green hydrogen.

Kevin McKenna, New Zealand’s Consul General to Dubai and Northern Emirates and Trade Commissioner to the GCC, said: “As a nation of innovators who care for people and place, New Zealand has a strong vision for a cleaner and greener future. Guided by the indigenous Māori environmental ethos of kaitiakitanga – the inextricable connection and responsibility between people and the natural world - New Zealanders believe we have a duty to leave the world in a better place for future generations.

“This guiding principle drives our innovation and creativity and sees us combine nature and technology as a force for good. We are very proud of the New Zealand companies selected to join Masdar City’s Innovate Initiative during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. It’s the biggest representation New Zealand has had to date at this important international event and we’re excited to see what the response will be.”

As well as showcasing world-leading CleanTech innovations in electricity, e-waste and wastewater recycling, decarbonization and green hydrogen, each of the five selected New Zealand companies presenting at ADSW will demonstrate how they are preserving resources for future generations.

For Emrod, the world’s first commercially viable long-range, high-power, wireless power transmission, this means overcoming the limitations of existing copper line technology. Emord’s technology works by utilising electromagnetic waves to safely and efficiently transmit energy wirelessly over vast distances, creating a huge range of potential applications.

CarbonClick is another New Zealand company making it easy for people and businesses to help fight climate change. It has taken the concept of purchasing carbon offsets—common on airline websites—and applied it to online shopping.

Another company gaining international recognition is Mint Innovation for its low-cost, low-impact technological process that converts e-waste into gold. The company uses microorganisms to selectively, rapidly and cost-effectively recover precious metals from any waste material containing these elements, including circuit boards, catalytic converters and lithium-ion batteries.

Aquafortus has developed and patented a non-thermal technology to treat high salinity industrial wastewater and brine. Its technology crystallizes out all salts commonly found in high salinity industrial brines and recovers up to 98% of the clean water.

AFCryo has developed a Green Hydrogen Production System to provide a cheaper and more reliable way of generating green hydrogen from renewable sources for refuelling transport, generating power and industrial use.

With Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week considered and important platform for advancing the UAE’s commitment to the Global Sustainable Development Goals, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise will also use the opportunity to connect its CleanTech delegation to potential investors and government stakeholders at several invite-only events at the New Zealand pavilion later this year.

“We are facing a global resource scarcity with demand for energy, food and water rapidly increasing while there is a limited supply of resources. There are already more resources being consumed than the planet can regenerate,” added McKenna.

“The importance of global collaboration and investments in CleanTech innovation is critical to help fight climate change, to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and to ensure we reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Through our Expo Business Leverage Programme our aim is to accelerate the potential for New Zealand CleanTech innovations to solve some of these global challenges.” – TradeArabia News Service