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Using IP.com to Uncover Sustainable Solutions for Your Company

An important pillar of modern business is a commitment to greener, more sustainable practices. New opportunities to green-ify your business model appear in the marketplace daily. As an innovative company, you’re in a prime position to lead the way to a greener future. AI-powered innovation workflows can help you do so, allowing you to formulate and investigate new ways to be both innovative and sustainable.

New sustainable technologies range from the incremental to the highly disruptive, from more efficient batteries to autonomous vehicles. Both serve a role in the coming green revolution, led by the private sector.

BMW’s High-tech Factories and Automotives

For technology, supply chain, or manufacturing companies looking to make their processes more sustainable, BMW’s parent company BMW Group, creator of consumer cars and manufacturing solutions, is setting laudable examples. Its Landshut plant in Bavaria is an industry 4.0 hub, with 5G and IoT connectivity, cloud-based robotics, and autonomous hostlers and forklifts.

This technology array serves a dual purpose, both to improve the efficiency and sustainability of BMW Group’s manufacturing and logistics processes, as well as develop technologies that can be applied to the entire manufacturing center. BMW has also released their all-electric heavy duty semis that will transport car parts to and from Munich, Germany.

Manufacturing companies can use IP.com’s IQ Ideas Plus™ to brainstorm potential solutions to sustainability problems like trucks with excessive emissions and inefficient communication systems.

Maersk’s Methanol-powered Cargo Ships

Sticking with the theme of logistics, Danish shipping company Maersk is taking to the water for its sustainability initiatives, having recently unveiled a fleet of eight ships operating on carbon-neutral methanol. The company reports that replacing the outdated fleet with the updated vessels will eliminate 1 million tons of emissions annually.

Methanol engines promise to revolutionize maritime commerce. Evolving technologies in the methanol space include methanol reforming, ethanol injection, and alternating high- and low-load systems. The future of methanol engines may include stationary and land-based vehicles.

Companies like Maersk might use IP.com’s innovation suite to explore technology partnerships with companies owning active and enforceable patents. Innovative companies are already working on ways to apply methanol technology to land-based energy needs.

Meta Materials’ Nanoporous Lithium-Ion Battery

Batteries serve key functions in the green revolution. They are the core technology in many energy-producing and energy-dependent technologies; therefore their sustainability is key. To make them smaller, cheaper, and more easily chargeable, a set of technologies has emerged. Meta’s nanocomposite materials include a nanoporous ceramic separator for improved battery safety as well as an electro-coated separator for reduced manufacturing cost and improved longevity.

Nanocomposite materials show remarkable potential for significantly improved battery performance, life, and safety. Affordably manufactured technologies like Meta Materials’ nanoporous battery linings will be critical in incentivizing the upscaling of nanocomposites through the battery-manufacturing sector and beyond.

Meta could use IQ Ideas Plus to assess the novelty of a nanoporous material system for sodium battery alternatives.

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