Published Papers Increase (2000 - 2013): 8 times more
Patents issuance increase (2012-2013): 27%
By 2030 Bioinspiration is projected to generate: USD 425B of US. GDP / USD 1.6T of global GDP
New York-based Ecovative Design is a materials science company developing a new class of home-compostable biomaterials based on mycelium, an organism akin to a living polymer. Ecovative’s high-performance products serve as environmentally responsible alternatives to traditional foam packaging, insulation, and other plastic-based materials. In November 2013, Ecovative raised over $14 million in equity financing from existing and new investors, e.g. the 3M Company.
Interface from Atlanta, Georgia is the world's largest manufacturer of modular carpet for commercial and residential applications. The publicly traded company with revenues of over 1 billion dollars in 2012, attributed 40% of its US revenues and its ability to retain market share in this sector, to innovation based on nature’s strategies.
REALice® from Malmoe, Sweden developed an easy-install water treatment device for ice arenas to remove micro-air bubbles from water that is used when laying and resurfacing the ice. This high precision de-aeration is inspired by nature’s Vortex effect and allows to flood the ice with cold/ambient instead of hot water to create hard and resilient ice. This results in energy cost savings for each arena of more than USD 1000/month. REALice® is already in use in over 300 ice arenas worldwide.
Sharklet from Aurora, Colorado, created the world’s first technology to inhibit bacterial growth through pattern alone. The Sharklet surface - inspired by the dermal denticles of sharkskin - is comprised of millions of microscopic features arranged in a distinct diamond pattern. Sharklet generated over USD 1 million in sales in 2012 and is co-developing furniture, medical devices, and other consumer products with companies like LG International, Cook Medical, and Steelcase.
Ampard AG from Zurich, Switzerland created an energy management system to operate solar storage systems intelligently and to increase the share of self-produced electricity. The storage systems are inspired by bird swarm intelligence, and aggregated to a virtual power plant. Together they stabilize the grid systems and generate reoccurring income for participating owners who allow their storage systems to be used to ensure grid stability. In December 2013 Ampard entered into a collaboration with the Swiss utility BKW and the Zurich Cantonal Bank.
The Kalundborg Eco-Industrial Park in Denmark is the first full realization of industrial symbiosis. Adjacent industrial facilities exchange resources and energy by-products so that one plant’s waste becomes a feedstock for others. The system currently includes a power plant, oil refinery, gypsum board manufacturer, biofuel producer, pharmaceutical companies, fish and pig farms, fertilizer companies, cement companies, the largest waste water treatment plant in Northern Europe, and more. Each year, Kalundbord’s system avoids the emission of 240,000 tons of CO2 and the use of 800 million gallons of water, saving an estimated USD 15 million.