Together, the cleantech cluster members of the International Cleantech Network represent all areas of cleantech. The provided technologies contribute to creating environmental, social and economical solutions to many of the challenges we are facing today. ICN has proven to be a leading solutions provider within the following sectors: Environmental Technologies, Sustainable Energy & Energy Efficiency, and Smart City.
Water is a vital resource for many types of industries by often being the carrier for energy and being used as a cooling agent. Thereby, it is important to deal with water quality aspects in relation to water treatment, production, management and recycling. The ICN clusters who have a focus in these areas include Green Cape, Research Triangle and Écotech Québec.
Industries continue to develop and produce products that our global systems require. An increasing political focus on reducing the impacts of industry on the environment has led to innovations in the design, materials and equipment, as well as technologies in monitoring and compliance. The ICN clusters who have a focus in these areas include Sustainable Business Hub, CleantechAlps and Green Tech Cluster.
Population growth and a growing concern on the way we produce our food supplies is increasingly the need for innovations in agricultural processes. Innovations include developments in natural fertilizers and pesticides, sustainable forestry, animal farming, and aquaculture. The ICN clusters who have a focus in these areas are Écotech Québec and the Sustainable Business Hub.
At the heart of sustainability is the production of energy by the cleanest means as possible. Clean energy technologies are advancing rapidly with vast improvements in wind, solar, biofuels, and waste to energy solutions to help feed our appetite for energy. The ICN clusters who have a focus in these areas include CleantechAlps, GreenCape, Tenerrdis, Green Tech Cluster, TWEED.
Energy efficiency is seen as one of the main sustainable pillars in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through innovative and cost-effective ways. Reducing energy use and energy waste through various technologies in green buildings, collaborative consumptions, cogeneration and the use of smart grids is stimulating the cleantech markets within this area. The ICN clusters who have a focus in these areas include Clean Tech Delta, CleantechAlps, Tenerrdis, TWEED and Flux50.
Energy storage has the potential for unlocking the needed flexibility for the mass implementation of renewable energy. Further innovations are expected in this expanding cleantech market with developments in thermal storage, hydrogen storage and different forms of batteries playing an increasingly important role in our energy systems. The ICN clusters who have a focus in these areas include Green Tech Cluster, tenerrdis, TWEED.
Many of the elements needed for a more sustainable society are readily available, however, there is need to develop the intelligent layer to innovatively manage our assets such as energy, water, and storage technologies in an interactive, integrated, and seamless way. The ICN clusters who have a focus in these areas include CLEAN, Tenerrdis and Nordic Edge.
There has been a shift away from a manufacturing focus within transportation towards broader concepts of mobility and community innovation. Cleantech has rapidly accelerated innovation and developments in electrical vehicles, fuels, infrastructures, and the use of big data in transport management. The ICN clusters who have a focus in these areas include Green Cape, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and TWEED.