TechInnovation 2021 Virtual Exhibition to Showcase Sustainable Energy, Food and Healthcare Solutions
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Climate change has an impact on cities, creating challenges in terms of infrastructure, carbon footprint, food production and health. It is crucial that we harness technology to transform and overcome the impact of climate change for future generations, and to make cities sustainable and resilient in the face of these challenges.
As such, the IPI presents TechInnovation 2021 as a showcase for today’s innovative technologies that seek to sustainably use the Earth’s resources, improve food production and ensure the health of citizens.
The TechInnovation virtual exhibition will be held from September 28 to 30. More than 160 exhibitors from 20 countries will present more than 400 solutions that address the main challenges that exist today: producing clean energy and reducing environmental waste, tackling excessive food waste, and enabling better healthcare.
Recovery of precious materials from electronic waste
Globally, electronic waste is a major issue. For example, batteries used in electric vehicles could become an environmental hazard. It is estimated that some 2 million metric tonnes of lithium-ion batteries that power these vehicles end up in landfills each year.
New solutions are needed for proper disposal of batteries, so that they do not end up as hazardous waste. There must also be cost effective solutions for recovering useful materials from batteries.
To this end, the NUS Liaison Office will present a solution to produce clean and sustainable lithium through recycling. Thanks to an electrochemical process, lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries can be recycled into its components, iron phosphate and lithium hydroxide. The benefits will translate into cost savings, less wastewater and pollution, and less waste going to landfills.
Italian platform IP Knowledge Share – Netval will showcase an energy and water efficient recycling process that recovers over 90% of indium and high purity glass in liquid crystal display (LCD) panels. The process can be used in existing electronic waste recycling facilities as well as in various industries. It is looking for industrial and research partners to license their technology and co-develop solutions to enable the recycling of photovoltaic panels, such as thin-film solar panels made up of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) cells and screens of smartphone.
Building sustainable food systems
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), we will need to produce 60% more food to feed a world population of 9.3 billion by 2050. However, current agricultural practices do not. will not be able to meet this requirement. Alternative proteins present a solution.
At TechInnovation 2021, visitors can discover various alternative protein solutions. Food technology company Mosa Meat, exhibiting under the Netherlands Innovation Pavilion, is pioneering technology for meat cultivation and is open to licensing its technology throughout the process of production. The National Research and Innovation Agency of Indonesia (BRIN) will present its solution to transform fish waste into protein hydrolyzate, a high-value ingredient that can be transformed into peptone suitable for the microbial growth media industry . As a dietary ingredient, protein hydrolyzate is suitable for consumption by toddlers and the elderly because it is easily digestible.
Humans aren’t the only ones who need to eat. Sustainable insect protein solutions are also being explored for livestock feed and more. An exhibitor, Nutrition Technologies, uses black soldier fly larvae to convert organic waste and by-products into protein, oil and droppings (insect manure). Protein and oil are used as valuable animal feed ingredients. Other uses of the by-products include the purification of the chitin-containing insect cuticle to chitosan, which has a range of applications in the pharmaceutical industry.
Providing health care through smarter systems
According to the World Health Organization, the global economy could create 40 million new jobs in the health sector by 2030. The Workforce 2030 report suggests that there could be a deficit of 9.9 million. doctors, nurses and midwives around the world. Unless there is a major structural and transformational change in the healthcare system, the industry will struggle to be sustainable. One solution could be the applied use of technology.
RetinaRisk will showcase a software solution that could revolutionize eye care for diabetics, for example. Centered on a clinically validated algorithm, the solution accurately calculates the risk of sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy, which is one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. The solution facilitates the early detection of eye disease and enables personalized care to improve clinical patient safety. It can be used by healthcare facilities to improve patient outcomes and optimize the cost of care.
Another exhibitor, AlgoDx aims to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs by providing accurate prediction, diagnosis and treatment support through their machine learning algorithm for autonomous sepsis prediction. intensive care unit (ICU) patients. The solution predicts the onset of sepsis in adult intensive care patients and may alert clinicians to patients at risk of developing sepsis for early clinical intervention.
160 global exhibitors are open to collaboration
TechInnovation 2021 will run 24 hours a day from September 28-30, allowing exhibitors and attendees from all time zones to connect to the conference, explore technologies, and network.
Playing the role of technological matchmaker, IPI, innovation catalyst and organizer of TechInnovation, will facilitate meetings between technology researchers and suppliers seeking open innovation collaborations.
To view international exhibitors and technology offerings available for licensing and commercialization, please visit www.techinnovation.com.sg/website/26009/exhibitors/