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Past Winners in the category Energy & Power

2017 - Energy & Power - Category Winner

GaN Systems

Gallium nitride power conversion by GaN - Gallium nitride has a very low on-resistance, superior fast-switching capabilities, and zero reverse recovery losses which allows for a very efficient power conversion, achieving 98 to 99% efficiency. Applications include electric cars, solar, wind and smart-grid, and high-efficiency power supply.


Category Finalists: Acoustically Driven Magnetized Target Fusion, Ductor, Hydrogen Capturing Material, Micro Wind Turbine, Ocean University of China in Qingdao, Plant-E, Stanford Aluminum BatteryThe Silent Revolution, SunCell

2016 - Energy & Power - Category Winner

Arctic Sand

Arctic Sand launched out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011, with the goal to save the 80% of all energy that is lost in the form of heat worldwide. The power conversion technology startup offers products with proprietary technology developed and exclusively licensed from MIT. This technology, “Transformative Integrated Power Solutions,” significantly improves power conversion efficiency.
2015 - Energy & Power - Category Winner

Gravity Light

GravityLight is a gravity-powered lamp designed for use in developing or third-world nations, as a replacement for kerosene lamps.
Retroficiency has developed a virtual energy assessment model that provides a fast and cost-effective approach to turning energy savings potential into real projects. Retroficiency’s Building Efficiency Intelligence (BEI) platform combines sophisticated energy analytics and rapid building modelling with data from thousands of previously conducted energy audits to deliver insights within minutes, driving savings across utility programs at minimized costs. The BEI platform creates an energy model of each building analysed. With these models, utilities and energy service providers can use data to rapidly and accurately evaluate and rank all buildings within a portfolio by total energy savings or end-use savings to target those with the highest savings potential. The platform then helps convert energy assessments into real projects.
2013 - Energy & Power - Category Winner

Aquion Energy

This for-profit business based in Pittsburgh, PA invented environmentally friendly batteries that can be used in large-scale energy systems like solar and wind power generators. The batteries are made with non-toxic materials like salt water that acts as the electrolyte.
2012 - Energy & Power - Category Winner

Rice Husk Energy
Center for Rice Husk Energy Technology

Most countries that depend heavily on rice, consider the husks to be waste. The Center for Rice Husk Energy Technology (CRHET), a program of the College of Agriculture Resources and Environmental Sciences at Central Philippine University, has developed a stove that is fueled with gas produced by rice husks. The stoves are easy to construct using a manual. Gas produced from the husks can also provide heating and power to drive electrical generators. The program aims at providing clean-burning fuel to communities that are off the electrical grid. It operates in the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and India.
2011 - Energy & Power - Category Winner

Barefoot Power

More than $10 billion is spent each year on kerosene for lighting the homes of the poor in developing countries. Barefoot Power helps poor families stop spending their scarce cash by providing a safer and cheaper option.
 
 

Energy & Power

Energy & Power

It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Civil Rights Advocate
The global energy equation is one quite damaging to the atmosphere and environment. Carbon emissions are perhaps the largest problem to result from current energy systems. This category covers new technologies and innovations in energy production, storage, and delivery. It also includes technologies and initiatives focused on cleaning up current power systems.

Meet the Experts:

Alan South

Alan SouthDirector, Ripplewood Limited

Alan’s areas of expertise are innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology gained from 30 years’ of experience from around the world.
Expert Panel
Scalability Panel
Award Categories
Energy & Power
Albert Butare

Albert ButareCEO, Fatracs Co Limited

Albert is former Minister of Energy and Water in the Republic of Rwanda and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Fatracs Co Limited.
Expert Panel
Policy Panel
Award Categories
Energy & Power
Alexander Gosling

Alexander GoslingDirector, Capstone Partners Pty Ltd

As founding director of Invetech, Alexander has been working internationally in the field of process and product development and related R&D, for nearly 40 years.
Expert Panel
Scalability Panel
Award Categories
Energy & Power
Andrew Hargadon

Andrew Hargadon

Andrew Hargadon is Professor of Technology Management and has written extensively on knowledge and technology brokering and the role of learning and knowledge management in innovation.
Expert Panel
Impact Panel
Award Categories
Energy & Power

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