The six winners of the Cognicity Challenge will be joined by other smart city start ups launched at Canary Warf under Level39 - Europe's largest technology accelerator for finance, retail, cyber-security and future cities technology companies
The six winners of the Cognicity Challenge will be joined by other smart city start ups launched at Canary Wharf under Level39 - Europe's largest technology accelerator for finance, retail, cyber-security and future cities technology companies

In the UK, smart city innovator SEaB Energy has won a tender to begin work on a pilot waste-to-energy project in London's major business district Canary Wharf.

The deal is part of the Cognicity Challenge, a future city project set up by Canary Wharf Group, a British property company headquartered in the capital.

SEaB Energy won GBP50,000 during the second phase of the Cognicity Challenge for the development of a micro power plant that turns food and organic waste to heat onsite where the waste is produced.

CO2 reducing technology

The Surrey-based company claims that its technology cuts down the carbon footprint at Canary Wharf including the need to transport food waste to far-off processing plants.

Sandra Sassow, CEO of SEaB Energy, said: “Showcasing our game-changing technology, right in the heart of the capital, will allow us to demonstrate to businesses that their waste can be transformed into revenue and carbon offsets, even where space is premium.

“Not only does this make sound commercial sense but it also helps meet their sustainability objectives and lower target emissions for new developments.”

Apart from SEaB, Demand Logic, provider of web-based analytical software, also won GBP50,000 developing a web-based system that monitors and controls non-essential electrical outputs and assists organisations to reduce energy usage.

Both SEaB and Demand Logic will deploy their technologies on the Canary Wharf estate in east London.

The Cognicity Challenge announced SEaB the winner of ‘Integrated Resource Management’ challenge, while Demand Logic won the ‘Automated Building Management’ challenge.

Sir George Iacobescu, chairman and chief executive of Canary Wharf Group, added: “These ground-breaking solutions will deliver real value, long into the future, to our operations as well as to the workers and future residents of Canary Wharf.”

The Canary Wharf Group said the programme aims to demonstrate how several solutions can work together through big data and the Internet of Things (IoT).