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What mobilizing innovation for COVID-19 can teach us about catalyzing climate tech


What mobilizing innovation for COVID-19 can teach us about catalyzing climate tech

Heather Clancy explores some leading clean tech companies are lending their shoulder to the wheel to Attack the catastrophe that is coronavirus

By now, I expect you have discovered that the uplifting narrative  of an Italian 3-D printing startup, Isinnova, which stepped in produce respirator valves for a hospital in Lombardy following the regular supplier was not able to supply them.

Isinnova was also recruited to help by FabLab, another Italian company which specializes in manufacturing technology, as it’s near the hospital site. It took about six hours for engineers at the two firms to come up with a layout that worked — even a redo of a snorkel mask that it was generating – and to begin printing the valves out.

Another group – inspired by an organization in Ireland and brought together on Facebook – convened 300 engineers, medical professionals and researchers to come up with an open source layout for a ventilator in about a week.

It needs to be accepted by the regulatory planet, but it’s another step in the right direction.

There are heaps tales of innovation that is instant emerging, as companies reassure their own workforces and grapple with how to stabilize their own surgeries, while acting meaningfully to give assistance and supplies to fight the outbreak.

Require Bloom Energy – the fuel cell maker. California Gov. Gavin Newsom requested the company’s CEO on Friday in case it might repurpose old ventilators to receive them back into working order – crucial for its most endangered coronavirus patients and in very short supply.

Bloom Energy figured out how to refurbish old ventilators in under five hours / Credit: Bloom Energy
Bloom Energy figured out just how to pay old ventilators in under 5 hours Credit: Bloom Energy

The producer said it could take a month; Bloom figured out just how to make it take place in under five hours. It estimates it could redivert its manufacturing lines in California and Newark, Delaware, to produce”hundreds” each week throughout the catastrophe. (Ford, General Motors and Tesla are evaluating their ability to perform anything such as, but it’s uncertain  how fast they will be able to react.) 

Given the need for diagnostics capacity and testing, the masters of artificial intelligence and cloud computing are jumping in with resources. 

Amazon’s cloud division a week committed $20m to hasten research. Startups, businesses and at least 35 global research associations are included. (Here are the details.)

Elsewhere, IBM on the weekend launched a consortium with more than a dozen well-known institutions including the Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Argonne, NASA, MIT and Rensselaer Polytechnic to foster research collaboration that can help surface potential drug treatments. (It has worked with Oak Ridge laboratory to screen more than 8,000 compounds, differentiating 77 that is going to be experimentally tested.)

And IBM tweaked the attention of its yearly Call for Code alternatives hackathon, focused extensively on hunting climate tech and disaster response applications, to”take on COVID-19.” It is letting inventors use its open source applications to build technology which could help with diagnostics, treatments and (one hopes to its future) prevention. Last year the winner was Prometeo, which created a wise device for improving firefighter safety by quantifying air quality. The inventors? A nurse and a firefighter.

One of my most important takeaways from reading about these and other inspiring creation initiatives is this: When people confront an existential challeng – a person which knows no borders – that the instinct among most people is to put other petty, partisan concerns to seek ways to defeat that common enemy.

The climate action dialogue is understandably more muted at the moment, but I expect the corporate novelty community is taking notes on how quickly the perfect resources could be deployed by the private industry when it issues and how fast people can come up with some pretty creative thoughts – after the challenge will be started to a varied cast of unusual suspects.

I took comfort in an open letter issued Tuesday by Clean Energy Ventures and more than two dozen fans of early climate technology investments reaffirming their dedication to financing solutions that address climate change. 

“If you’re seeking investment, we’re committed to continuing to invest actively now and in the coming months,” they wrote. “We are moving forward in full force to seek out and invest in promising organizations that can make a meaningful difference in creating a more sustainable planet and way of life.”

Now is exactly the right time to plan for the hopefully-not-so-distant day if COVID-19 is currently dominating headlines. It is our duty to station this spirit of innovation on behalf of an even existential threat, the climate catastrophe.

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