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2 July 2021 - How the Long Play Works in Venture Capital: The story of Enwise
2 July 2021, Enwise is glad to share an article recently written by Dr. Patrick Berbon, Managing Partner of CM Venture Capital. CM Venture Capital is the angel investor of Enwise, herewith the article:
The venture capitalist’s eye is always on a distant and uncertain future. Many of the now-famous VC-backed companies, such as Google, Tesla, and Starbucks, might be described as “overnight successes ten years in the making.” To the outside observer, they came out of nowhere and suddenly dominated an industry. But to VC insiders, they grew slowly but deliberately, making good decisions after good decisions, on technology, on market entry, on team building, etc… When an investment is a success, it is satisfying to look back and consider how it all came together.
As VCs, we constantly ask “What if?” questions. We observe the world, we identify things that could be done better, and we chase companies that make the better ways into realities. Mostly, the answers lie far in the future. We must make decisions with partial data and anticipate the future. Identifying a startup with an intriguing vision is just the beginning: There are relationships to build, technologies to polish, markets to identify, customers to convince, timing considerations, and often waiting for markets to develop, to move away from the incumbent less-desirable solution.
To illustrate how these factors play out in real life, I offer the example of Enwise, the world leader in onsite generation of energy from organic waste and one of our portfolio companies. It’s a story of entrepreneurial vision and perseverance, of relationship-building, of timing, and of market forces moving in an even more advantageous direction than originally expected.
Based in Shanghai, Enwise produces clean and affordable energy by converting organic waste byproducts into biogas, which can be used to generate electricity, heat, or whatever form of energy most useful to the customer.
One of Enwise’s key innovations is that the energy is produced on-site rather than at a central location. For example, Enwise has a contract with a world-leading maker of potato chips. Sludge, rotten potatoes, and other byproducts of potato chip production are converted using Enwise’s unique dry fermentation technology. The Enwise equipment produces 20 percent of the entire factory’s energy needs. The digestor occupies about 120 square meters and is monitored and controlled remotely through the cloud.
The Enwise process is cheaper than energy produced by wind or solar. Everything is on a short loop: Energy doesn’t have to be sent back through the grid, and the client is spared the cost of shipping waste to a central processing facility, avoiding waste processing fees as well. The produced energy comes completely free for the client. Instead, waste is turned into profits.
With China and other nations making a big push for a carbon-neutral future, and major corporations following suit, the potential market for Enwise is much larger than we imagined when we first became acquainted with the company. Naturally, we’re delighted. But the roots of this win run deep and grew slowly.
I met Stéphane at an alumni meeting in France, and then connected in China in 2013 when Enwise was working on its first pilot project. I followed the project and discussed it informally with Stéphane and Zhuoya for several years, often when meeting at business events in Shanghai. Together we visited the first pilot plant in Haimen in 2016.
The story goes back 10 years, when Dr. Stéphane Vernède, who grew up in France, was in Switzerland, employed in the aluminum industry and working on his Ph.D. at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He became interested in fuel cells. His wife Zhuoya Li (李卓娅) is from China, and they decided to come to Jiangsu and launch their company. When their first effort at biogas technology didn’t work as hoped because of the costs associated with a large, centralized production facility, they stopped for a time. The second iteration of the company began when they realized they could do smaller, onsite energy production.
The relationship: I met Stéphane at an alumni meeting in France, and then connected in China in 2013 when Enwise was working on its first pilot project. I followed the project and discussed it informally with Stéphane and Zhuoya for several years, often when meeting at business events in Shanghai. Together we visited the first pilot plant in Haimen in 2016.
In any venture capital initiative, timing is critical. Investing too early means committing money to unproven concepts, and potentially running out of time and money before the company can succeed. Investing too late means missing out on potential returns as well as the opportunity to nurture the company during the key initial stages. The timing question is especially critical in the hard-tech space, where core research can take years to develop and prove, and the market can be slow to validate the newer better solution.
Because of our background as scientists, my partner and I saw the potential in Enwise’s onsite dry fermentation technology. But it was quite some time before the technology and circumstances converged. Market conditions were changing in favor of environmentally responsible technologies. For example, Shanghai implemented new laws on waste sorting, especially the sorting of organic waste. Letting organic waste rot outside had always been a problem because of the terrible smell it generates. And sending organic waste to an incinerator is similar to trying to burn a watermelon: very energy consuming and clearly a bad idea! Around that time, Enwise landed a worldwide partnership agreement with a big waste-management company that had vetted the technology. In 2018, we knew the timing was right: CM Venture made its investment in Enwise.
Enwise currently has 12 employees and their equipment operates at eight locations in China. Through its work with large multinational corporations that have aggressive carbon-neutral goals, Enwise has the opportunity to expand globally. To prepare for that growth, there will be another fundraising round next year. It’s incredibly exciting to see how the company is positioned, all the more so knowing that the journey started years ago and hasn’t been rushed. We believe its future is very bright.
In business, there is no such thing as a sure thing, and the extremely long play inherent in hard tech is perhaps the most daunting challenge of venture capital. When everything aligns, however, the long play is precisely what makes venture capital so rewarding and satisfying.
11 June 2021 - Enwise Solution has been awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label
11 June 2021，Enwise has been awarded the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution Label ! Enwise's clean energy solution has been added to the 1000Solutions portfolio and it is now published on Solar Impluse Foundation website.
A big thanks to the Solar Impluse for this recognition, we share the same vision: to provide clean, efficient and modern technologies which can allow us to preserve our environment while also bringing economic prosperity and social well-being for all.
Garbage collection, a global problem
The garbage problem has always been the focus of the Solar Impulse Foundation, and we have also introduced a number of related solutions. The world produces more than 2 billion tons of garbage each year, while in China, 200 large and medium-sized cities alone generate more than 200 million tons of domestic garbage a year.
The main problem with garbage is poor management on a global scale-at least 33% of the garbage produced by humans is landfilled or incinerated in the open. In low-income countries, this number may exceed 90%. Improper waste management not only causes economic and social consequences, but also has a great negative impact on the environment, including pollution of land, rivers and oceans, and climate change caused by the release of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. According to the World Bank report, solid waste produced 1.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, accounting for 5% of global emissions. In the food sector, which is closer to people's lives, 1.3 billion tons of food are thrown away every year. According to the description of the Vox Climate Laboratory, if food waste is a country, it will be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States!
Contribute to "carbon neutrality"
Enwise focused on the research and development of organic waste processing technology in the food industry recently, our first food industry EPC project will be completed and put into operation in September this year. The project can process up to 30 tons/day of factory organic waste including sludge, waste potatoes, potato skins, kitchen waste, and convert them into clean electricity, which can replace about 21% of the factory's daily power consumption.
China’s 2060 "carbon neutral" target has been put into place in 2021, Enwise believes in a great opprtunity in this carbon neutral market. In order to achieve this 2060 carbon neutral goal, China needs to produce 24,000 TWh of clean electricity and 19,000 TWh of clean fuel. The team of Enwise will do their best in improving its technology and be part of the carbon neutrality goal.
28 May 2021 - Innovating for a Better World
28 May 2021, Once a year, CCI FRANCE CHINE Shanghai organizes its Gala dinner, a unique occasion to meet the Elites from the French and Chinese business community in the most exclusive atmosphere.
In 2021, CCI decided to put awareness on "Innovating for a Better World".
This edition brought together up to 800 people from all industries within the French and Chinese business community, in presence of Officials, Executives and Media.Under the joint promotion of CCI, every breakthrough innovative technology launched by various companies of the Chamber of Commerce has driven the rapid progress of related industries, and its results have been transformed into actual productivity.
Stéphane Vernède, the founder and CEO of ENWISE was honored to receive the "Sustainable Innovation Trophy" from CCI France. Enwise has developed a high efficiency dry AD system for generating affordable clean energy from organic waste. With this innovative solution, Enwise helps his customers to reduce significantly carbon emission to the earth.
Biogas is a clean and renewable source of energy, generating zero net carbon dioxide emissions. OSCAR extracts methane from organic waste, releasing energy by combusting or oxidizing it into carbon dioxide. Methane is a very potent greenhouse gas, trapping over 20 times as much heat as carbon dioxide. As such, by producing biogas instead of letting the waste degrade in an open environment, we reduce direct methane emissions into the atmosphere. Enwise will always pay attention to the environmental protection of the earth, commit to sustainable development of innovative clean energy technology, and continue to innovate for a better world.
22 April 2021 - A special environmental event in honor of Earth Day
22 April 2021, Nowadays, the awareness of building a #sustainable economy is an urgency as well as a challenge for #large groups and #entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow.
Stéphane Vernède, CEO of ENWISE, was very pleased to be invited as one of four speakers to share ideas and chanllenges seens in waste management secotrs. We shared and discussed with participants the #challenges and opportunities in developing a #green and #responsible #economy, and what are our engagements and how we think about the #evolution of a sustainable development in their sectors.
A big thanks to our speakers, and all the participants who came to this Green Club Event.
19 November 2020 - How does Enwise explore wet waste market opportunities?
19 November 2020, ENWISE was honored to be interviewed by the Chuangjianbang reporter, sharing how Enwise explored market opportunities for wet waste treatment under the influence of environmental protection policies.
# Market hot spot: wet waste
The term wet garbage can be said to have exploded overnight. At the second meeting of the 15th Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress, the “Regulations of Shanghai Municipality on the Management of Domestic Waste” was formally passed and will be implemented on July 1, 2019. The regulations stipulate: If individuals do not separate waste , It will face a fine of up to 200 yuan, and a unit of mixed shipment and mixed transportation will be fined up to 50,000 yuan, which can be called "the most stringent garbage classification measure in history."
But for a wet waste treatment system provider such as Beiqi Energy, it can be said that "spring" is ushered in.
ENWISE was founded in 2012 by Li Zhuoya and Stephane. Li Zhuoya said: “Entrepreneurship is not a very easy task, especially for environmental protection companies like us, which often need to be tied to the policy direction. Before and after the introduction of the waste sorting regulations, the market opportunities for Enwise are completely different.”
The implementation of garbage classification can be said to have brought new vitality to the old tree of "environmental protection industry". Environmental protection, as a typical 3P model industry, has also welcomed many entrants with this new policy. As a startup company, Enwise also faces many difficulties in the past and new strategic plan for the future: how to differenciate Enwise in this market?
At present, the construction of the wet waste disposal system across the country still faces three problems: weak policy supervision, excessive financial burden, and insufficient hardware foundation. Enwise has shown its unique advantages in the latter two aspects.
# How does the market make process selection?
At present, wet waste treatment mainly includes three methods: aerobic, wet anaerobic and dry anaerobic fermentation.
Aerobic fermentation mainly refers to the fermentation of garbage under oxygen-containing conditions. The process is relatively simple, easy to popularize, and the equipment cost is low. But aerobic fermentation also has two major problems: transportation and output utilization.
On the one hand, due to technological reasons, aerobic fermentation must be carried out under open conditions. However, waste fermentation is often emitted into the air with peculiar smell. Although it is not a harmful gas, it seriously affects the residents nearby.
On the other hand, the main product of aerobic fermentation is organic fertilizer, but because the source of the intrant is difficult to control, even if there are garbage classification regulations as a guarantee, the fertilizer will inevitably be mixed in complex elements, especially heavy metals. Compared with the fertilizers produced by traditional fertilizer plants, the use of fertilizers for aerobic fermentation of wet garbage is more risky and the quality is more difficult to guarantee. Under the condition of weak supervision, it is easier to produce a lot of inferior fertilizers. Environmental protection projects that should "turn waste into resources" often become unfinished projects that are difficult to end.
In contrast, in the wet anaerobic fermentation process, in an anaerobic environment, a large amount of liquid is added to reduce the dry matter within 12%, and anaerobic bacteria are used to ferment the wet garbage to achieve the purpose of garbage reduction. The main product of wet anaerobic fermentation is "biogas" (methane), but this process has pain points such as a large amount of by-products (digestate).
Therefore, Enwise chooses to adopt the third method-dry anaerobic fermentation.
Compared with wet anaerobic fermentation, dry anaerobic fermentation has a higher dry matter range from 15% to 35%.
Although the cost of dry anaerobic fermentation is slightly higher than that of aerobic fermentation equipment, Enwise's anaerobic fermentation equipment can help customers reduce costs in many aspescs:
Compared with aerobic fermentation, anaerobic fermentation itself needs to be carried out in an anaerobic environment to avoid contact with air. At the same time, the output of dry anaerobic fermentation is mainly biogas (methane), which can be directly used for the self-circulation as well as supply renewable energy to customers. With Enwise technology, 1 ton of wet waste can converted into 40KG of solid organic fertilizer and 240KWH of electricity, reducing weight by 96%.
Compared with wet anaerobic fermentation, Enwise dry anaerobic fermentation can increase the reduction rate by about 14%, shorten the processing time by about 43%, reduce the operating cost by about 45%, and the amount of digestate is much lower than that of wet anaerobic fermentation.
# Why is Enwise different?
Enwise provides "modular" product design, with flexible expansion on processing capacity and installation. Compared with wet anaerobic fermentation, the landusage of dry anaerobic fermentation equipment is reduced by 66%. The system can handle wet waste from 1 to 100 tons per day.
From Enwise use cases, Shanghai Auchan Supermarket as an example: the supermarket originally produced 2 tons of wet waste per day. Through Enwise dry anaerobic solution, Auchan supermarket with about 19 tons of hot water and 80 kg of solid fertilizer every day by processing 2 tons of wet waste.
Enwise provides a combination of software and hardware that help to solve two major pain points of wet waste disposal.
Due to technical barriers, Enwise has became one of the few domestic companies that can implement this technology to the wet waste treatment solutions.
The original report article posted in this link: https://www.cyzone.cn/article/610052.html
26 October 2020 - Enwise won the 3rd place in China Sihong "Great Lake Talent Cup" Startup competition
26th October 2020, China Sihong "Great Lake Talent Cup" 2020 Startup Competition Finals and Investment Environment Briefing Meeting was held in Sihong County, 15 startup talents from Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Hefei and other places take the stage to promote their own entrepreneurial projects, involving medical technology, solar energy, cloud control intelligence and other fields. During the event, Secretary of the County Party Committee Li Aihua gave a cordial speech and welcomed the arrival of the 15 contestants. Li Aihua said that talents are the first resource and innovation is the first driving force.
In order to attract a group of technological enterprises that are in line with the industrial positioning and development of Sihong County to settle in Sihong, Sihong County Government launched China Sihong in June this year. In the "Great Lakes Talent Cup" semj finals competitions were set up in Shanghai, Hefei, Suzhou and other places.
Two founders of Enwise, Dr. Stephane and Ms. Li Zhuoya, introduced the dry anaerobic fermentation technology and equipment use cases to the juries during the final (photos on the right.). Sihong County, as a large agricultural breeding county, can use this technology in the field of agricultural and animal husbandry to realize the reuse of resources such as animal manure and agricultural waste, and create considerable economic benefits of green energy. At the same time, Enwise technology can also provide full-process solutions for food organic by-products for large food processing companies such as the food processing industry.
After more than 3 hours of roadshow, Enwise won the third prize of the "Great Lakes Cup of Excellence" 2020 Startup Competition. And won the honorary trophy and 2 millions RMB from Sihong governement venture capital fund.
Enwise appreciates a lot the Sihong County Government for the various investment and subvention policies and look forward to creating the future and win-win business opportunities with Sihong County!
16 September 2020 - Cleantech Group Names Enwise a 2020 APAC 25 Company
2020 List Identifies Leading Private Clean Technology Companies in Asia Pacific
16 September 2020, ENWISE has just been included in the 2020 APAC 25 list produced by Cleantech Group, a global provider of research, consulting and events to catalyze opportunities in sustainable innovation.
The APAC 25 is a list of independent companies from the Asia Pacific region engaged in sustainable innovation that are viewed by the market as likely to have significant impact in a five-to-ten-year time frame.
Cleantech Group put together the third annual list of 25 companies through a combination of APAC-related inputs from the annual Global Cleantech 100 process and detailed contributions from an APAC 25 expert panel. The companies on the list had the strongest patterns of agreement across all the input points and were scored the highest.
“We see increasing demand on the environmental protection worldwide, in Asia we see the innovation on the waste disposal technologies as well as the way how people treat the waste. From the traditional landfill or incineration solutions, more voices came out seeking for “cleantech” which reduces the negative environment impact to the world and create clean energy to the social communities.,” said Stephane, CEO of Enwise.
Members of the APAC 25 expert panel play an important role in creating the list. Each provides between three and nine nominations, no more than a third of which can be portfolio companies (in the case of investors). Expert panelists can weight their nominations, and all nominations are blind (no expert sees the other panelists’ nominations). These nominations are then combined with the outcomes from the Global Cleantech 100 process, which benefits from thousands of data points.
The third annual APAC 25 list is made possible by the continuing support of ADB Ventures and Enterprise Singapore .
“The Asia Pacific region will dominate some of the new industries and supply chains that will emerge from global mega-trends such as alternative proteins, electrification and new mobility, to name but three,” said Richard Youngman, CEO of Cleantech Group. “ It will also be a leader in digitalization, given its weight of population and the size of its industrial base. Both dynamics are borne out in our third annual APAC 25 list of rising star innovation companies from around the region.”
The complete list of APAC 25 expert panel members is available at https://i3connect.com/apac25/panelist
07 September 2020 - Enwise has won the 3rd prize in China Innovation competition
07 September, 2020, Enwise has participated in China innoation final competition held in Shanghai Sihang Storehouse. The two founders of Enwise, Dr. Stephane Vernede and Ms. Li Zhuoya, introduced the innovation project from Enwise"Light up your city with organic waste" to the judges. Enwise provides its core dry anaerobic fermentation process, through dry anaerobic fermentation, the biogas produced during the treatment process can be flexibly converted into electricity, hot water and other renewable energy. This green organic waste treatment solution can generate renewable energy which received high scores in the score session.
August 15 2020 - New market, new vision
From August 13th to 15th, 2020, the 21st China Environment Expo (IE Expo) was held in Shanghai New International Expo Center. As the most influential and highest quality environmental technology exchange event in Asia, Enwise presented its dry anaerobic digestion equipment to the exhibition to the visitors. This small containerized dry anaerobic equipment has received extensive attention and recognition from professional audiences during the exhibition.
This year's World Expo has had many twists and turns. Due to the COVID19 situation at the beginning of the year, the exhibition date of the World Expo has been rescheduled twice. From July 1st 2019, Shanghai has officially implemented the National Waste Classification Regulations, a lot of wet waste treatment equipment for waste reduction and resource utilization have poped up in this market. This year, there were more than 30 food waste treatment equipment manufacturers participated in this exhibition.
However, the industry has not yet formed a mainstream process route, and other technical routes different from mainstream aerobic composting equipment have gradually attracted the attention of professional audiences. Enwise has started to process kitchen waste on site since 2016, and flexibly use different energy output solutions (hot water, electricity, biogas) through multiple project sites such as commercial shopping malls, corporate canteens, and technology park restaurants to help customers to create green energy in their sites.
In fact, not only the municipal waste, the agricultural waste such as animals manure, agricultural straw and other agricultural solid waste produced in the agricultural market has huge demands of on-site processing technology. From September 1, 2020, the newly revised "Solid Waste Law" will be officially implemented, clarifying that the prevention and control of solid waste pollution will adhere to the principles of reduction, recycling and harmlessness. Improve the prevention and control system of agricultural solid waste and other environmental pollution.
At the same time, Enwise found that the food industry has also strong demand for on-site solid waste reduction and renewable energy. Enwise has received some customers from the food processing industry during the exhibition, they are also looking for new turn-key solutions for their waste such as organic by-products, sludge and food waste. Enwise can help companies reduce transportation and disposal costs, and provide flexible renewable energy supply devices. From the perspective of sustainable development, it has been favored by many Chinese and foreign food processing companies.
July 31 2020 - Flames on the kitchen stoves powered by biogas
On July 31, 2020, a world leading computer chip manufacturing company located in Shanghai's Zizhu High-tech Zone, recently officially launched anaerobic digestor provided by Enwise. This equipment can process 1 ton of food waste per day in their staff canteen, by reducing 96% of volume on-site, and at the same time generating biogas and providing this biogas to the kitchen stove through gas mixing device with natural gas. With this small digestor, Enwise can help also to produce 3000 tons of hot water per year for back kitchen usage. The biogas energy generated by the equipment saves 1/3 of the natural gas demand in the corporate canteen, and reduces carbon emissions by 700kg/ton, which is a remarkable contribution to the sustainable development of the enterprise and the park.
June 28 2020 - Green Future, Green Shanghai
In June 2020, Enwise newly operated an food waste processing equipment in NeoBay Science and Technology Park in Minhang District, Shanghai. This compact organic waste treatment equipment can process up to 1 ton/day of food waste from the cantines in the technical park. The land usage of the equipment only requires 2 parking lot (around 30m2) and food waste will be reduced by 96% on site and transform them into renewable energy - electricity. This small equipment could generate 260 kwh of electricity every day for park lighting supply and new energy vehicle charging. With this efficient waste management solution, the park not only realizes the conversion of organic waste into green energy, but also prevents wet waste from leaving the community or the park, avoiding the consumption of human, material and financial resources for long-distance transportation and transit.
From July 1 last year, Shanghai officially entered the era of national waste sorting. After the rubbish is sorted, things with recycling value will no longer be contaminated by wet garbage, the cost of incineration of dry garbage is reduced, and wet garbage can be made into fertilizer, biogas, etc. Wet waste treatment is endowed with new connotation and mission, and brings new technological progress and development space. Industry experts pointed out that in order to achieve long-term sustainable development of wet waste resource treatment, a complete industrial chain must be formed.
Faced with the increasing amount of wet garbage disposal, the Shanghai Municipal Government put forward constructive guidance on “wet garbage should not go out of villages, towns and districts as much as possible” to promote the joint efforts of the government, enterprises, markets and residents to cope with the increasing Increasing demand for waste disposal and urban environmental protection.
1 ton of food waste can be converted into 170m3of biogas, and the generated biogas can be flexibly converted into hot water and steam according to demand Or electrical energy. Taking the Neobay project as an example, biogas can be converted into 260kwh electricity by a combined heat and power unit, which can be used for charging new energy vehicles and lighting for public communities. The in-situ reduction rate of wet garbage reaches 96%, and the remaining 4% of biogas residue as solid organic fertilizer can be used for environmental greening or planters. The treated sewage meets the direct discharge requirements of the urban pipe network.
The organic waste management solution provided by Enwise is flexible and can be customized into different processing capacities and module embedding modes according to different application environments, garbage station scale, cost requirements, etc. There is a compact small module combination type that is convenient for transportation and installation, and a onsite construction type that can be filled with concrete structures on site. Each community or park can customize disposal equipment of different specifications according to needs.
June 23 2020 - Future innovation and Integration
On June 23, 2020, Nanjing Paris Partners Innovation Cooperation and the Third China-France Innovation Development Conference was held in Jiangning Development Zone. Beech Energy, as the first batch of members of the China-French (Nanjing) Enterprise Club, was invited to attend the conference and signed a strategic cooperation agreement.
The theme of the conference is "Embrace the Future".
During this special COVID-19 period, the conference has decided to the "cloud up + offline" dual line mode to cross the time and space restrictions of China and France, from the expression of high-level macro thinking, to the communication at specific levels of industry and culture, to the collision communication between the two sides for specific industrial economic projects, and The signing ceremony of specific cooperation has become a good start for Sino-French cooperation in the post-epidemic era.
The conference also carried out a series of important cooperation and projects "sign on the cloud" including
Park cooperation signing,
Innovation platform contract.
The conference signed partnership agreement contract with Enwise to roll-out waste management project in Nanjing.
At the same time, as a French founder's start-up company, Enwise has been invited to become the first batch of members of the Chinese-French (Nanjing) Enterprise Club, to deepen the cultural identity and appreciation between China and France, and promote the innovation mechanism between China and France. The exchanges in this area will further explore the prospects and opportunities for cooperation between China and France, and lay a solid foundation for further cooperation between China and France in Nanjing.
(The picture on the above shows the opening ceremony of the China-French (Nanjing) Enterprise Club,
And the first president of the club Saint-Gobain Group Senior Vice President and CEO of Asia Pacific Javier Gimenno was awarded the presidential letter of appointment. Ms. Li Zhuoya, Co-founder of Enwise, on the top left of the list of members)
January 09 2020 - IoT & Oragnic Waste speech at Swissnex China
Looking back at 2019, it was a fruitful year for Enwise, a year with achievements on the user cases development, competitions, events, fund raising and new self-owned factory openend in Shanghai. Enwise will keep exploring new opportunities in waste management value chain in 2020, and providing a complete service package to our customers.
On January 9th, Stéphane Vernède, CEO at Enwise, was invited by Swissnex China, to share the mechanism and science behind modular digester for organic waste. Specifically, dry anaerobic digestion technology OSCAR, and a real time IoT monitoring and control technology OTTO. Enwise produces modular and connected organic waste digester for the food industry and the food distribution chain. The Oscar module transforms waste into energy and fertilizer. Oscar is installed on the waste production site and is entirely remote managed. By pushing waste treatment on the production site, Enwise allows an on-the-fly sorting and create short loops for energy usage. This dramatically increase the overhaul recycling efficiency. Just recently, Enwise has been awarded first place at the APAC French Founders Startup Tour 2019, beating other finalist startups, NEOMA, Dathena and Smart Global Privacy.
A big thanks to Swissnex China, for providing such great opporutnity and platform to Enwise. Swissnex is the Science Consulate of Switzerland for China, which builds bridges by connecting Switzerland and China in education, research and innovation. By crossing conventional boundaries, we offer a platform to foster collaboration and creativity for inspiring research and ground-breaking innovation. swissnex is the Swiss global network connecting the dots in education, research, and innovation. Its mission is to support the outreach and active engagement of its partners in the international exchange of knowledge, ideas and talent.
January 01 2020 - IoT & Oragnic Waste speech at Swissnex China
The container is planted in the middle of fields and greenhouses. Inside, machines are connected to a 5m3 stainless steel tank, a "kind of big cow stomach", explains Alain Grenet, in charge of engineering and development at the Public Center for Training and Promotion of Horticulture (CFPH) Ecully, on the outskirts of Lyon, which includes a professional high school and an organic urban farm. The metal beast is in fact a micro-methanizer born from the Decisive project, an unprecedented experiment in the management of urban bio-waste.This miniaturized methane production plant is associated with a "vertical farm" where vegetables grow in hydroponics (above-ground cultivation technique supplied with a liquid solution).
These are restaurants that feed him. The Valpré hotel, a neighbor of the CFPH, the Paul-Bocuse Institute, the canteen of the Dardilly high school, two gourmet restaurants in the center of Lyon (the Villa Florentine and the Cour des Loges): all sort their toys to send out cans at the farm. Once the contents of their trash cans are crushed, this makes it possible to produce methane which can be used to heat greenhouses, to make electricity to supply pumps, lighting and ventilation, but also gives a digestate rich in molecules of interest (enzymes , bacteria and bioplastics). This residual “sort of soup” constitutes a “super agricultural fertilizer that smells less than manure”, explains Alain Grenet.
The digestate can be composted with other green waste (from the farm or from landscapers). Associated with substrates (such as some crushed construction waste), it allows to recreate fertile soil. And in liquid form, it can be a targeted biopesticide. The latter two options are being explored in Refarmers' experimental vertical greenhouse for growing tomatoes and salads, loaded with inputs into conventional farming. "We are trying to seek technical, economic and ecological relevance by creating a model integrated into the city and decentralized, with the multiplication of small units", explains Eric Dargent, founder and president of Refarmers.
Proximity is the basis of the Decisive project, which is attached to a radius of 2 km maximum within the perimeter of the metropolis. The objective: to limit imports of foodstuffs and exports of waste, to relocate on the scale of the district, the agglomeration. The conventional treatment of waste, which gives them little value, has become more widespread because "it is the only way for it to be profitable", underlines Alain Grenet. The micro-methanizer installed on the CFPH site produces too little gas for it to be possible to re-inject it into the collective network - the cost of the station required for the interface would be too high for a small structure. "But it's interesting to work on this question of autonomy: with direct treatment by a small unit on site, we lower the carbon impact of a site."
Ultimately, the Decisive container could be installed in the basement of a building, the basement of a factory, a supermarket ... This would prevent organic waste from traveling miles to be recycled or, while they are made up largely of water, ending up incinerated, as is the case in the metropolis of Lyon for those of individuals.
November 25 2019 - "We manage your waste!"
"New Challenge, New Opportunity" , a smart city solid waste management seminar has been jointly held by Suez NWS Group and Aden Group in Shanghai on 25 November. 2019. The seminar has invited representatives from municiap solid waste management policy development and regulatory, municipal research institute, and leading technology experts sharing their insights in solid waste management.
Dr. Stephane Vernede, CEO of Enwise, as an industry expert in the solid waste treatment, was invited to attend this seminar and shared with the guests the latest generation of anaeorbic digestions equipement which is able to turn oragnic waste to energy.
This footprint, plug&play waste mangement equipement, will turn organic waste into clean energy (hot/cold water, steam, electricity or biogas) through dry anaerobic digestion process. And client can gain 4% solid fertilizer with reduction of initial volume up to 96%. Enwise provides customized solid waste management solutions according to the difficulties and requirements encounted in various industries, from concept planning, professional on-site assessment to installation and operation support.
September 17 2019 - Enwise won the championship!
Enwise received 150,000$ worth award for first place
at Final of APAC French Founders Start-Up Tour
July 6 2019 - Enwise had the great honor to launch our product OSCAR and sign several key agreement.
On July 6 2019, Enwise has launched new anaerobic digestion system OSCAR, and signed several key agreements with strategic partners during the product launch ceremony, including:
- The integration of Enwise at the Lingang incubator at Baoshan District in Shanghai
- A strategic cooperation agreement with Suez NWS
- An investment agreement with CM venture
- A strategic cooperation agreement with Guofu Hydrogen Energy
Prestigious guests participated to the product launch: FAN Shaoju, Major of Baoshan; LU Jigang, Head of the commission of reform and development of Baoshan; SHI Yonggen, Head of the Landscaping and city appearance bureau of Baoshan, ZHANG Huibing, Head of the communist party of Gaojing town, LENG Weiwei, Vice major of Gaojing town, Francois JENNY Business line director, municipal and industrial waste, Suez Recycling and Recovery, ZHOU Min, General manager at CM venture, Patrick BERBON, Managing partner at CM venture, François AMMAN, Co-president and co-founder at Aden Services, Nicolas CLEMENT, Member of the Board, CCI France Chine, HUANG jing, Head of the Linggang municipal incubator, SU Qingguo, Vice Head of the Linggang municipal incubator, WANG Kai, Director of Guofu hydrogen, GUO Guangming, Vice head of commercial bureau of Haimen city.
China is entering the era of waste sorting and the need for organic waste processing is stronger as ever. With those strong partners, we offer a complete solution to this new challenge.
We would like to thank all the participants to the ceremony, Enwise team, customers, partners, suppliers and friends for their support. We are building Enwise together.
Enwise deploys efficient organic recycling solutions, leveraging local operations and data insights in order to fullfil the company's vision of making biogas technology a commodity.
March 11 2019 - Enwise and Auchan partnered to host École Polytechnique for a site visit, to discover "The Future of Retail", including tour of Auchan's Waste Management services, provided by Enwise.
OSCAR, Anaerobic Organic Waste Digester with design by internationally exhibited conceptual artist Brian Michael Reed.
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Innovative Start Up - Shanghai International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition
Enwise has received the price for innovative start up from Shanghai Government during the 2017 Shanghai International Innovation and entrepreneurship Competition. This award recognises the most innovative startups with operations in Shanghai.
Shanghai International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition is the largest annual contest for startups in Shanghai. Its gathers the best startup projects in the city