Presenting the Five Winners of the SET Award 2023

The SET Award Ceremony has been the climax of the SET Tech Festival in Berlin since 2017. The international award for innovative business ideas for energy transition and climate protection was presented yesterday for the seventh time, awarded across five high-impact and industry relevant categories: “Clean Energy & Storage“, “Mobility & Transportation“, “Industry“, “Buildings & Construction” and “Quality Energy Access & SDG-7“. The participants at the award ceremony included not only international start-ups, investors and scientists, but also prominent guests from the world of politics such as Anja Hajduk, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, Jennifer Morgan, State Secretary and Special Representative for International Climate Policy at the Federal Foreign Office, and Mark Van Stiphout, Deputy Head of the Unit for Research, Innovation, Competitiveness and Digitalisation at the European Commission.

Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO of dena says: “Start-ups and their innovations are indispensable for achieving the ambitious goal of climate neutrality. The SET Award 2023 shows everything that distinguishes the international start-up landscape in energy transition and climate protection: strong visions, forward-looking technologies and progressive commitment. All finalists should be proud of their achievements. I extend my warmest congratulations to the winners.”

SET Award Ceremony Winners
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The winners of the SET Award 2023

The 15 SET finalists, selected from over 400 applications and 63 countries in spring 2023, presented their ideas to an international jury of experts at the SET Tech Festival. The five winning start-ups each received €10,000 in prize money and were announced live from the WECC at the SET Award Ceremony, held as part of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue’s (BETD) official Evening Reception on 28 March. The following day, the winners will be part of the SET panel at this year’s BETD on 29 March, from 17:00-18:00 CET. The winners of the 2023 Start Up Energy Transition Award are:

Clean Energy & Storage

Energy Dome S.p.A., Italy, 

Unlocking utility-scale, long-duration energy storage: Energy Dome’s CObattery enables dispatchable renewable electricity to make the net zero energy transition possible. The battery is based on a thermodynamic process that uses COto store electricity cost-effectively.

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Mobility & Transportation

Navalt Solar & Electric Boats Pvt Ltd., India, 

Navalt is an ecological marine tech company that specialises in the manufacturing of solar electric vessels. The start-up is already an industry leader in the global solar market. With its innovation, the young company is helping to accelerate the complete electrification of shipping.

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Heatrix GmbH, Germany, 

Heatrix’s wants to competitively replace fossil fuels in energy-intensive industries by converting renewable electricity into storable, high-temperature process heat. No carbon-neutral, cost-competitive and easy-to-integrate solution currently exists. Heatrix’s solution has the potential to decarbonize the majority of high-emission industries.

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Buildings & Construction

Hyperion Robotics Oy, Finland, 

Hyperion Robotics designs, engineers and manufactures sustainable concrete structures, helping clients save time, money and embodied carbon. By bringing together 3D printing technology, automation and circular economy principles, Hyperion enables material usage savings of 75 percent and cuts construction’s carbon footprint by up to 90 percent.

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Quality Access & SDG-7

Oorja Development Solutions India Ltd., India, 

Oorja is pioneering a community-based, inclusive Pay-Per-Use model to deliver solar farming services to smallholder farmers, in turn helping them transition durably away from fossil fuels.

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