Enjay - Saving the planet, one Burger King restaurant at a time

Despite the fact that there are people denying climate change, most of us can probably agree that we need to start taking better care of our planet. CO2 (carbon dioxide) levels in the air are at their highest in 650,000 years, and 16 of the 17 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001. Times are changing, and we are indeed standing before an uncertain future, but lucky for us, there’s hope.

Just the other week, Minc startup Enjay was listed as one of Europe’s 30 most promising startups in environmental engineering. The founders of the company, Nils Lekeberg and Jesper Wirén, have come up with a pretty mind-boggling way to transform the exhaust air from a restaurant’s ventilation system into - are you ready for this - heating for the building they’re in. Sound boring, or… strange? Well, Enjay’s product reduces the CO2 emission with 75% (or 30 tonnes) for mid-sized restaurants, and can help save up to 300 000 kWh per year.

No idea what that means? Well, it’s equal to the energy it takes to charge you phone for 6844 years. Or keeping your freezer at home cooled for 342 years. In terms of money, it saves real estate companies some 250 000 SEK - annually.

The product has already been tested by Burger King, and earlier this fall they signed a deal worth millions with one of Sweden’s biggest real estate companies, Stena Fastigheter, who's planning on installing it in the food courts at Mitt Möllan - a shopping mall in the center of Malmö. Imagine the effect this product could have on the environment if it was installed in every restaurant around the country. In Sweden alone, there are 115 Burger King restaurants. Well, you do the math.

Thanks to companies like Enjay, it does indeed seem like there’s hope for the future, and Malmö seems to be the city of choice when you’re trying to save the world. Just around the corner from Minc you find the headquarters of Orbital Systems, the startup behind “the Tesla of showers”. They’re using tech that their founder and CEO Mehrdad Mahdjoubi developed when he worked with NASA on their Mars missions. Orbital Systems also started their journey in Minc’s incubator, and today they’re valued at 500 million SEK.

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