ClimateLaunchpad 2019: open call for Ukrainian Innovators!

You have a green business idea and want to take it to the next level? Perfect, then enter ClimateLaunchpad 2019 competition and battle your way to global impact! Apply now and go through the national competition and Ukrainian final. Two winners from Ukraine will compete at the Global Grand Final to get 10,000 euro and get a chance to participate in the Climate-KIC Accelerator.

There are seven reasons why you should apply now

Any doubts about whether or not you should join this competition? We’ll help you to make the right decision:

  1. Your green idea deserves business success. Get the knowledge and skills during our national boot camp.
  2. Your idea stays yours. 100%. We help you train, compete & launch.
  3. Work with the best trainers on the planet, Ukrainian and foreign experts.
  4. Prepare for global impact. You can change the world.
  5. Believe in your idea. Take risks. Learn from failure, grow big.
  6. Connect with investors & corporates. Join the global cleantech community.
  7. It’s not just about winning. Finding your first customer, that’s even the bigger prize.

After you convince our jury, it would be easier for you to convince any client or investor!

How to apply

To apply for ClimateLaunchpad 2019, all you have to do is fill out the application form.

Before you apply, make sure that you:

  • have not yet started a business or you started it less than one year ago;
  • have no substantial revenue;
  • you have attracted no more than 200,000 euro in investment;
  • you have not yet sold products, solutions, or prototypes on commercial terms.

If you don’t have full answers to all of the questions in the form, feel free to give rough estimates. The important thing is to get your form submitted before the 2nd of July. Ukrainian national boot camp will take place in Kyiv, 23-24 of July. National Final will take place in Ivano-Frankivsk, September. Two winners of the Ukrainian Final will go to the Global Grand Final, which will take place this fall in Baku.  

Meet all these requirements? Apply now and tell all your green friends and colleagues about this competition!

Ukraine at ClimateLaunchpad

Ukrainian teams have been participating in the world’s largest green business idea competition since 2016, thanks to Greencubator — NGO behind organizing national final stage. And we have developed a good tradition of green achievements:

  • In 2017 Ukrainian start-up Go To-U became one of the TOP-10 world’s best green startups. This team is extending its network to deliver the best charging service for EV together with other companies, who own the charging stations. This team joined the Climate-KIC Accelerator.
  • In 2018 Ukrainian team Stock-Factory won a theme award for «Decision metrics & Finance» and 5,000 euro. It is a smart platform for manufacturers and retailers, and it helps to sell the unsold stock of quality goods or to pass it on to the charity.

The winner takes it all!

The Top-10 competitors in the Global Grand Final will get direct access to the Climate-KIC Accelerator, the renowned business school where great ideas grow into great businesses. On top of that, there is prize money. The overall winner of the Global Grand Final receives 10,000 euro, the runner up gets 5,000 euro, and the idea that comes in third place wins 2,500 euro.

All other National and Regional Finalists who made it to the Global Grand Final get a chance to pitch their idea to the review board of Climate-KIC Accelerator.

Apply now and spread the word to all your friends with green business ideas!

Green storytelling and entrepreneurial culture — what was the cleantech discussion held by Greencubator about

On the 10th of April, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Delegation of European Union to Ukraine and Greencubator announced the winners of the 5th stage of Climate Innovation Vouchers program. A panel discussion on financing for climate innovations in Ukraine proceeded the award ceremony. Roman Zinchenko, Greencubator co-founder, was a panel moderator.

The panelists pointed out that cleantech developers face the same issues when looking for funding, as most tech startups. However, as Andriy Sorokhan, Venture Lead U.Ventures/ Western NIS Enterprise Fund noticed, there are not enough experts familiar with climate innovations, benefits, and risks of green investing.

Sergiy Maslichenko, Associate Director at the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Team at EBRD, said: “During the first phase of the Climate Innovation Vouchers program 31 companies got grants to develop their green projects. We’ve been working effectively during the last two years with Ukrainian businesses, and we can see great potential and significant opportunities, but also the need for ecosystem development of startups in the early stages.”

Svitlana Kolomiets, an environmental policy expert, co-founder at ReThink NGO, emphasized that the Ukrainian business market should pay more attention to the entrepreneurial culture. It is crucial for forming the green business industry and ecosystem. She also stated we need to develop human resources and work more intense with personnel.

Roman Kravchenko, the founder at accelerator laboratory IoT Hub, who has invested in several Ukrainian cleantech products, specified the lack of team-building relationships in startups’ culture. Judging from his own experience, he noted that this issue can be solved by the storytelling from real Ukrainian companies. That will help share knowledge and experience.

Summing up the discussion, Roman Zinchenko pointed out that the development of entrepreneurial culture and the formation of the ecosystem is one of the main tasks of Greencubator. By the efforts of the team, Ukraine became the first country within EBRD operation area, to launch the Climate Innovation Vouchers program. Recall that earlier we announced winners of the final stage, and a list of all companies that have received grant funding from the EBRD and the EU for green development is available on the program’s website.

Climate Innovation Vouchers: Welcome the winners of Ukraine’s largest grant program for green innovators

On the 10th of April, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Delegation of European Union to Ukraine and Greencubator announced the winners of the 5th stage of Climate Innovation Vouchers program. A panel discussion on financing for climate innovations in Ukraine proceeded the award ceremony.

5 Ukrainian companies became the winners and received funding for the development of their green business solutions worth EUR 100 000:

  • Delfast — electric bikes certification and patenting, technical and usability improvements.
  • Integro-SD — control and automation system for the proprietary organic fertilizers production line; certification.
  • Integral Complex Systems — Low-power long-range wireless solution for energy systems control and data exchange.
  • IOT TRADE — control system and web-interface for company’s central hub for smart-home devices (thermostats and sensors).
  • Obolon Oil — industrial scaling for serial production of mobile waste plastic-to-fuel processing complex.

This stage completes the first phase of Ukraine’s largest grant program for cleantech and low-carbon technology developers. During the five waves of the program, 31 beneficiaries received funding for the development of their green business solutions worth a total of 1 million euro.

Climate Innovation Vouchers program is launched as a part of the EBRD program “Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change” (FINTECC), funded by the European Union. Ukraine became the first country within EBRD operation area, to launch such a  program. The program is implemented by the NGO Greencubator. During the five stages 31 Ukrainian companies have received climate vouchers worth approximately 1 mln euro. Read more about the program and its winners on the

Climate Innovation Vouchers: summing up Ukraine’s largest grant program for green innovators

On the 10th of April, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Delegation of European Union to Ukraine and Greencubator will announce the winners of the 5th stage of Climate Innovation Vouchers program. An award ceremony will combine the announcement of 5 companies, receiving grants to support the development of climate friendly innovations, with a panel discussion on financing for climate innovations in Ukraine.

This stage completes the first phase of Ukraine’s largest grant program for cleantech and low-carbon technology developers. During the five waves of the program, 30 beneficiaries received funding for the development of their green business solutions worth a total of 1 million euro.

The award ceremony will be chaired by:

  • Gianpiero Nacci, Deputy Head of the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Team at EBRD
  • Johannes Baur, First Counselor, Head of the Operations Section at the EU Delegation to Ukraine

The  panel discussion on financing cleantech business development will precede the award ceremony. The panelists will be:

  • Sergiy Maslichenko, Associate Director at the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Team at EBRD
  • Svitlana Kolomiets, Co-founder at ReThink NGO
  • Roman Kravchenko, Founder at IoT Hub
  • Andriy Sorokhan, Venture Lead at U.Ventures

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Climate Innovation Vouchers program is launched as a part of the EBRD program “Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change” (FINTECC), funded by the European Union. Ukraine became the first country within EBRD operation area, to launch such a  program. The program is implemented by the NGO Greencubator. During the five stages 30 Ukrainian companies have received climate vouchers worth approximately 1 mln euro. Read more about the program and its winners on the

PowerUp! InnoEnergy

PowerUp! is a climate startup competition organized by leading European cleantech accelerator InnoEnergy carried out in 24 countries. The winners get access to one of the best acceleration programs Innoenergy Highway with 150 000 euro total prize fund and 30 000 euro first prize.

InnoEnergy is the innovation engine for sustainable energy across Europe supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

“Startup City” Book

We have translated and published in Ukrainian one of the leading methodologies for entrepreneurial ecosystem development — the book “Startup City” from the founders of StartupAmsterdam. For hundreds of Ukrainian mayors and local government stakeholders it became a hands-on guide to making their cities and towns startup-friendly.

Ukraine is a rising green growth point in Central and Eastern Europe, — Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze

Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euroatlantic Integration of Ukraine, in her speech at the Forum “Ecoinnovations and green entrepreneurship: made in Ukraine” promised full-scale support to the companies, building green economy in Ukraine, and exporting their cleantech products to the countries of European Union. Here is a summary of her key points:

Why building green economy is important

Eco-innovations mean much more than clean water and air in big industrial cities, revitalization of small and big Ukrainian rivers, health and wellbeing of citizens; it is more than energy independence. They  also bring about new hi-tech jobs, science-driven products, innovative companies and green startups. It is a transformation of big companies and new possibilities for small and medium businesses.

— Participants of this Forum can consider themselves pioneers of a new green vector of Ukraine’s development. As well as Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement has more than 800 pages of solemn text after its Preamble, in our movement towards green climate-friendly economy we have a long way yet to go after declaring our will. On our way we have to create new tools, products and ideas to achieve our goals.

Support for the first innovators

Ukrainian government provides support for those Ukrainian companies which break through a way for green economy. Ukraine was among the first countries to ratify the Paris Agreement, but there are many tasks to be solved yet in order to become a real leader in a battle with climate change. That includes business, scientific, governmental as well as legislative initiatives.

— I would like to express my deepest respect and gratefulness to those who lead us on this eco-innovative road: companies, conquering the green market; scientists, working at laboratories; engineers, doing their researches etc. It is crucial for a further movement to have a team of leaders, those who can open the new doors and create new possibilities for the rest of us. All of them, who breaks through a new way for green economy, will be supported by government, and by me, personally.

European Union cooperation

Ukrainian green export on the rise, among other things, thank to the european partners’ support. Ukraine is the first EBRD operation countries implementing the “Climate Innovation Vouchers” programme. It is the biggest grant programme in Ukraine, created to support companies with green climate-friendly innovative products. This programme is launched as a part of the EBRD program “Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change” (FINTECC), funded by the European Union. 26 Ukrainian innovation companies won a grant under it already — and most of these products are export-oriented.

— I am very grateful to European Union for all that support Ukrainian sustainable and green business gets from EU partners. A lot of Ukrainian green innovators, some of them are here today, have gotten support and grants under the Horizon 2020, InnoEnergy initiatives, Climate KIC programmes, etc.

Read about the winners of the IV stage of Climate Innovations Vouchers programme

Media support

Deputy Prime Minister’s office set “Eurointegration — the power of possibilities” informational campaign, aimed at sharing information about successful Ukrainian businesses, supported by EU programmes. This campaign provides coverage of the new technologies, created in Ukraine and have been exported to the EU countries in accordance with Ukraine–European Union Association Agreement.

— We have to talk loudly about all successful stories of Ukrainian companies, to make our country more prosperous. In a month three Ukrainian eco-startups will take part in a Global Grand Final of the world’s largest green business ideas competition ClimateLaunchpad, organized by Climate KIC from the European Institute for Technology and Innovations network. I know, that some of them are here today — I wish you all good luck in Edinburgh!

Green way for Ukraine

To build a truly green economy we need coordinated efforts of all the participants: business, public authorities, decision makers. They all have to work together, support and implement eco-innovations to provide economic growth.

— I see Ukraine as a next biggest green growth point in Central and Eastern Europe. Development is impossible without innovations. And I wish good luck to all of us, transforming Ukrainian products, as well as eco-initiatives into global innovations.

DENA’s CEO Andreas Kuhlmann: “EcoInnovations need a steady regulatory support for its growth”

Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO of DENA, joined the speakers of the Forum “EcoInnovations and green entrepreneurship: made in Ukraine” via video conference a week before launching new round of Startup Energy Transition (SET) startup contest. SET is one of the major global competition for energy innovators, that attracted the talents from 86 countries in the previous round. Greencubator is proud to be SET’s local partner in Ukraine for three years.

DENA is Germany’s centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. As the “Agency for the Applied Energy Transition” it contributes to the attainment of energy and climate policy objectives. We asked Mr. Kuhlmann to share his view on building effective partnerships between business, state regulators and policy for cleantech development. Here is the summary of his key points.

Creating green growth points: Attracting eco innovators on a global scale

Infrastructure excellence: It’s the ecosystem, stupid!

When there is a supportive environment any technology will grow faster and make a greater impact on the whole ecosystem. And green innovations are no exception. To persuade innovators join ecosystem and attract more newcomers, it is vital to demonstrate the benefits of a bigger green complex, including access to resources, communication, ideas sharing, convenient data storage, and so on.

To develop a successful ecosystem, one must take into account all the characteristic features of the existing infrastructure, understand the challenges that face new business models, etc.

There are three necessary emphasises to follow:

  • creating,
  • promoting,
  • capitalizing

for innovators and their cleantech products.

Technology is moving forward, but won’t make it alone

Cleantech industry develops quickly, but nevertheless it needs support: a regulatory accompaniment and sufficient political will for development. As tech innovations appear faster than updates for the regulatory base, it is necessary to cooperate with legislators and advocate quicker regulatory changes. Without proper explanations about the crucial role of green innovations for society, its development is slowing down due to outdated regulation.

Strong political will once given, needs to be (continuously) reconfirmed

To support cleantech changes and its development it is not enough to implement new laws for once — legislative support should continue and constantly make progress. Since politicians have too many issues on the agenda, it’s our task to remind them of cleantech importance and introduce eco innovations to the decision makers. The constantly supportive loyalty of politicians will create better conditions for business development.


Green light for green innovations — another six Ukrainian companies received funding for cleantech technologies

At the Forum “Ecoinnovations and green entrepreneurship: made in Ukraine”, the winners of the fourth wave of the Climate Innovation Vouchers program were awarded. This is the largest grant program for climate and low-carbon technology companies provided in Ukraine. It is launched as a part of the EBRD program “Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change” (FINTECC), funded by the European Union. In Ukraine, the program is implemented by the NGO Greencubator. The winners are: AGK Ukraine, Istrim, V.A.Solution, BIOsens, Charge Group, Meest Express. What kind of technologies are to form Ukrainian green exports with the European partners’ support — find out in this article.

International support for Ukrainian cleantech

Six Ukrainian companies, which got granting for green technologies, represent a wide variety of industries, from pharmaceutics and diagnostics of agricultural crops, to postal logistics and indoor ventilation systems. Electric mobility products couldn’t stay behind — these innovations take part in every wave of the Climate Innovation Vouchers program and that’s a good sign. The rising number of companies, creating EV-charging stations and other products indicates Ukrainian movement towards cleaner personal transport.

However, winners of this program receive more than just financial support. As the Ukrainian entrepreneurs point out, cooperation with the international institution proves their trustworthiness for Ukrainian and foreign investors. In addition, participating in EBRD programs helps to promote Ukrainian cleantech on the global market. As Ukraine became the first country among those where EBRD operates, in which the Climate Innovation Vouchers program was launched, European partners have been monitoring its implementation thoroughly. And the fact that Sergiy Maslichenko, Associate Director, EBRD Ukraine, have announced the fifth wave of the program is the best evidence of effective cooperation between Ukrainian companies and European partners.

Winners of the fourth wave

According to the Principal Economist, Martin Pospisil, EBRD (London), Ukrainian green exports is estimated at $350 million and growing, at the same time green imports is already $700 million. The expert noted that Ukraine does not use the full potential for increasing green exports, although the country has many more opportunities. So who are these Ukrainian companies which have received international experts’ support for the development of their climate technologies in Ukraine as well as around the world?

IV wave winners

AGK Ukraine and its spray-pack for medicines, to store it safely without a refrigerator

AGK Ukraine has developed a new packaging for medicines that allows to store it safely without a refrigerator during transportation, at a drugstore or at a customer’s home. The package is intended for those medications, the substances in which can be stored for a long time in a dry undiluted condition, but have a short term of use after mixing with the liquid. In this format, the dry active substance is separated from the liquid and the patient can independently mix the drug right before injection. To deliver and store drugs in this new packaging no fridges required. The reduce of refrigerators’ use also reduces the carbon footprint of the pharmaceutical industry.

The Climate Innovation Voucher will allow developers to get a proper technological consulting, provide testing of the prototype model, which meets the requirements and good manufacture practice (GMP).

Prototype of AGK Ukraine product

Istrim and its micro controllers with a sensor for air control

The company Istrim received a Climate Innovation Voucher to develop its URBAN smart window micro controller that defines basic air parameters. The product is mobile compatible, has a warning system on critical air pollution features, is able to collect data and inform state and public authorities through open data systems. URBAN device will allow you to control the indoor air quality and receive statistics on its status. In addition, this device can be integrated into the network and collect data for further analysis. Developers also plan that in a long term URBAN micro controllers will allow to implement administrative actions to reduce air pollution in a certain region.

With a Climate Innovation Voucher company will complete MVP and move forward to a production stage.

Scheme of the URBAN gadget built in

V.A.Solution and its real estate energy efficiency monitoring for companies with an extensive branch network

V.A.Solution develops software for the automation of real estate management, and now the company is working on an energy efficiency management module for already existing products. There are only highly-specialized products on the market nowadays, so companies either use several products which is inconvenient or do not implement energy efficiency management of real estate objects at all, precisely because of its hard integration into existing business processes. The V.A.Solution product allows complex automation of energy efficiency management: to collect the information on energy consumption, to form equipment register, to analyze and control levels of energy consumption according to the basic indicators, as well as to form and make payments automatically, choose investment priorities, etc. According to preliminary estimates, this product will save 10-15% on the consumption of energy in large commercial and industrial facilities — shopping malls, business centers, logistics centers, retail chains, warehouses, etc.

In order to develop a better software, the company intents to involve an energy efficiency expert — for this purpose it will use a Climate Innovation Voucher.

BIOsens and its portable lab for detecting mycotoxins in crops and feeds

BIOsens has developed a prototype device for rapid diagnosis of food toxins using Biosens Myco biosensors. This gadget provides a quick and cheap test for mycoses and detects contamination in maize, wheat, peanut, feed, and other crops. The analysis is carried out with one device only. The results are stored in a cloud storage and that data cannot be changed afterwards. Early detection of contamination in agricultural crops will save resources for extraction, detoxification and reprocessing, in such a way reducing the emissions of CO2 and other environmental pollutants. Analysis of feeds will help to reduce the cost of processing low-quality silage, which also affects the methane emissions concentration from the cattle’s living.

A Climate Innovation Voucher will help to implement pilot testing and develop an MVP. Certification and getting a patent is also around the corner. In addition, this device can be used to diagnose pesticides, antibiotics and pathogenic microorganisms in agricultural crops.

Charge Group and its integrated EV charging station controller with billing system and Wi-Fi spot

The Charge Group has received Climate Innovation Voucher for the electric mobility growth. The company has developed OCPP-compliant cloud service and billing for charging stations with VISA / MasterCard payment systems support.

The first charge station with OCPP protocol support, certified according to European standards, was made out of metal. But now, thanks to the Climate Innovation Voucher, metal to be replaced with plastic. Among the advantages of a plastic case: 67 times less weight, which is important for logistics and installation; 24 times lower cost of production, as well as its higher productivity, which will reduce the human component and improve quality control. All this provides a huge competitive advantage, saving resources, as well as a significant reduce of CO2 emissions during the production of charging stations.

Charging station is working

Meest Express and its software for optimizing highway routes and loading trucks with postal cargo

Meest Express introduced a software for highway routes that refines loading of postal cargo into trucks. The system works in real time mode and helps the human operator to make the best decision on how to build the loading schedule for vehicles. Also it is responsible for the further control of trucks’ actual location. Implementation of the system reduces significantly the number of involved trucks. A smaller number of transport units, used to deliver the same amount of cargo, means a significant reduce of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

With the help of Climate Innovation Vouchers program, company optimizes software to provide more automation in order to avoid mistakes and miscalculations. As a result, the quality of information for decision making will rise.

Better logistics reduces carbon footprint

About Climate Innovation Vouchers Program

The variety of the fourth wave winners confirms: cleantech innovations are possible in any industry. Businesses that implement environmental solutions thus gain tangible economic benefits and support from the international market. The Program Climate Innovation Vouchers is implemented by the NGO Greencubator, launched as a part of the EBRD program “Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change” (FINTECC), funded by the European Union. Its total fund is 1 million euro. Follow the news to find out when the fifth wave is coming!

For more information about the winners and media support

please contact Julia Fedotovskykh (098) 782 84 96

Greener Titanium from Eastern Europe

Ukrainian company “Chervona Hvilya” brings cleantech to aircraft titan details manufacturing

Green Bottom-Line

Industrial companies all over the world are trying hard to cut their resource usage, and be more energy-efficient. Yet they remain the largest environment pollutants, producing millions of tons of CO2 emissions and churning out millions tons of industrial waste every year.

Though, for these companies producing tangible products environment is by far not the biggest concern. Using less natural resources and less energy is not only good for environment, but for many companies bottom-lines as well. Especially with governments in developed countries which intensify the taxation of those producers who pollute heavily.

Aerospace engineering is clearly among the leaders of those industries truly eager and dedicated to resource-saving. Mainly because modern aircraft production just needs lots of raw materials, each of them having its own heavy CO2 footprint and hefty price tag. Titanium is among these expensive but crucially important materials for plane-makers. The bad news for aircraft industry is that more than 50% of it is just wasted. Most of it becomes scraps after CNC machines carve out complex shapes of aircraft details out of titanium pieces.

The good news though his provides a fertile soil for technologies which can save on using titanium and Ukrainian company “Chervona Hvilya” did just that with their titanium 3D printing technology. With material savings reaching up to 90%, it is no wonder that aircraft producers were the first to become their customers.

Printing the Savings

3D printing, as a technology that aims to use less materials, and therefore reduce CO2 emissions, has already proved it’s climate friendliness being widely spread in consumer industry. Less materials to make a unit or detail means less energy used. Moreover, these savings are getting multiplied throughout the whole production chain: less materials means less of ore mined, less electricity and fuel used to transport and process it.

Recently Ukrainian company “Chervona Hvilya” presented an adaptation of 3D printing to the metal manufacturing industry as well as solid details manufacture. Innovators managed to develop and put into operation their own device. One that can print details with the ultra stable titanium.

The experimental device for metal 3D printing looks rather ordinary than innovative, neither photos no video can give a sense of the cutting-edge tech densely packed inside. One can not tell why the technology is greener than others by just looking at it. Though, numbers tell a compelling story about titanium 3D printing contribution into reducing climate impact and resource usage.

Titanium 3D printing

1 kg of titanium production results in about 35 kg of CO2 emissions, and we need 20-30 kg of titanium to produce a detail X with a traditional manufacture method. But with xBeam 3D Metal Printing technology that very same detail can be mastered with only 3-5 kg of titanium. Considering this, 3D printing should become an environmental duty of the aviation industry, and the most progressive companies are already working to integrate “Chervona Hvilya” product into manufacture processes.

The company recently won a grant under the Climate Innovation Vouchers Program which they plan to use for integrating best industrial CAD / CAM software into their product and completing their solution as a full-cycle industrial 3D printing system. Dmytro Kovalchuk, CEO, “Chervona Hvilya”, shared his experience of renovating the world’s steel industry and making it greener.

From traditional metallurgy to 3D printing

— Our company has been engaged in high-tech processes for over 20 years: titanium production, ingot production, etc. Ukraine is among world’s leaders in electron-beam technologies and other high-tech metallurgical processes. Ukraine has always had a well-organized titanium industry. Some time ago our company has noticed the growth of global demand for new tech solutions in metal manufacture. That is why we decided to switch from making titanium products to develop devices for titanium products manufacturing.

In 2005, we started designing and putting together special equipment based on the electronic gas-filled gun, developed together with our colleagues from the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. We delivered our equipment all around the world, introduced our technology, shared experience with foreign specialists and discovered popular market trends.

Analyzing all that information we found out that global metallurgy, particularly the one that deals with expensive materials, seeks for resource and energy saving, as well as moves toward manufacturing processes acceleration. To meet all these demands we’ve ended up in 3D printing. We’ve developed our own technology, based on the outstanding characteristics of our electron-beam gun (you can not find on the market any comparable equipment), patented it, and then designed a pilot system called xBeam 3D Metal Printing. This experimental 3D printer can print with a metal wire a wide range of products using various materials.

We were able to create the first experimental 3D printing setup soon enough, because at that time all the members of our team have already had solid background. The guys from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute added their huge intellectual investment as the developers of our electron-beam gun. So, on the one hand, we got complete device just in two years. On the other hand, it is fair enough to note that the process was so quick due to 20-30-40 years of experience of the involved professionals.

Cleantech doesn’t have to look extraordinary

Technology Explained

— 3D printing is an automatic process, and for us it is a new approach, compared to a traditional metallurgical technology. Therefore now we develop and test new software solutions for 3D printing automatic process, as well as for monitoring and quality control systems.

As aerospace industry is the main driver for the steel 3D printing development in the world, it sets high quality and safety standards for products, and we have to meet these requirements. Last year we’ve made agreements with leading international companies to research the properties of materials produced with our technology. Independent research centers carried out necessary research. The results confirmed significant advantages of the materials and details that we provide with our own production technology.

As for productivity, we reached 3 kg of printed details per hour, because material consumption is the main characteristic of such printing, not the quantity of details (they may be of different shapes, weight and size). During the three-shift schedule 3D printing device can print 35-40 kg of details per day. Which is, in monetary terms, gives us the potential market value of printing no more than $ 250-300 / kg of printed product.

Produced by xBeam 3D Metal Printing

Produced by xBeam 3D Metal Printing

Accelerated by Climate Vouchers

— To enter this titanium 3D printing market we needed to implement many new technical and software solutions, process automation, that is different from the systems that we created before. As a private company we search for additional funding, so we considered the Climate Innovation Voucher program as an opportunity to accelerate our 3D printing project.

The green cleantech component is in the very essence of the 3D printing technology. Actually, metal 3D printing itself was created to save the resources. Using less raw materials to create new details, this technology helps to save energy for extraction and processing of work stock. With 1 kg titanium production, 35 kg of CO2 emissions are generated, and 3D printing reduces the use of titanium for the production of different details. This technique gives an opportunity to use 2-3 kg of titanium to manufacture 1 kg weight detail, instead of 10-20 kg of material used for the same detail before. And this is not only about saving titanium, but also about the reduction of harmful emissions into the atmosphere.

One of those details, made with titanium saving 3D printing

Due to our green contribution to the industry our company received a grant under the Climate Innovation Voucher program. We do already cooperate with the company AMS International, also with the Ukrainian company “Photon-Service”, whose experts create and adapt software to customize our technological process.

Meeting tough aerospace requirements

— The aerospace industry is the main driver of the metallic 3D printing technology, since resource conservation is always relevant for expensive materials. Titanium, as well as nickel, and so on are used widely in this sphere. Airbus, Boeing, NASA, Lockheed Martin Corporation are pioneers in financing such new projects, also implementing it into production after all proper tests. In 2017, the first titanium detail printed on a 3D wire printer was installed on a Boeing-787 civilian aircraft. This is a very good precedent and a very good signal for developers, as well as for the whole potential market for such equipment.

That detail isn’t ours yet, but we are moving the same way. Now we are producing test examples for our foreign customers. They will be able to check not only the quality of the metal we create, but also the whole range of other product requirements. These include geometric dimensions, economic feasibility, accuracy, quality of whole details rather than individual fragments and real manufacturing test methods.

This year we hope to get feedback from our customers on the test details already completed to improve prototypes of industrial systems, basing on their feedback. With the new software, which we are developing right now thanks to the Climate Vouchers, we are on the final stage of industrial system creation already.

Getting ready to start titanium print

Ahead to Ukrainian market

— I mentioned foreign partners, but Ukrainian aerospace industry is also interested in our project. CB Antonova, CB “Yuzhnoye”, and Motor Sich — we have arrangements to manufacture test details with all of them. All our testing is free of charge for Ukrainian companies, because we want to implement the results of our work in Ukraine as quickly as possible.

I would like to add that since there are not many financial sources available for private business in Ukraine, we do really appreciate the opportunities provided by Climate Innovation Voucher. It’s great to have such programs in our country, but it is also important to inform the widest range of developers about these financial tools: both from private business and from government enterprises, from research organizations and small companies. Therefore, the work of Greencubator, as a coordinator of this program and other climate projects in Ukraine, is hard to overestimate. Green projects support is an example of synergy when all parties do benefit. We are working on preserving resources which is equally important for all the inhabitants of the Earth.

A tangible saving of the material, moreover, with the green component, is the solution that industry needs today. It is the importance of titanium 3D printing as a climate technology that contributed to receiving a grant under the Climate Innovation Vouchers program by “Chervona Hvilya”. The Program is implemented by the NGO Greencubator, launched as a part of the EBRD program “Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change” (FINTECC), funded by the European Union. Read about other winners of the project on the website of Climate Innovations Vouchers.