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Past Winners in the category Materials, Resources & Water

2017 - Materials, Resources & Water - Category Winner

MIT Thin Film Solar Cells

MIT Thin Film Solar Cells - the world’s thinnest solar photovoltaic cells are so light they can sit on a soap bubble and are able to get 400 times more power per weight than silicon-based cells.


Category Finalists: Airlite, IBM's Breakthrough in Fighting Viral Diseases, Ingestible origami robot, Light-up stretchy skin, Nanoflotation Technology for Fluid (Water Treatment), Recycling technology by Pyrowave, StretchSense, Wang Group Flexible, Warka Water "Every drop counts"

2016 - Materials, Resources & Water - Category Winner

Grolltex

Grolltex is an early-stage company with breakthrough technology for the mass production of graphene. The company has developed a method in which graphene is grown on a copper substrate and overlaid with a sheet of nickel. Because graphene adheres better to nickel than to copper, the entire graphene single-layer can be easily removed and remains intact over large areas. Their technology allows local, waste-free industrial production of large-area graphene (the "hottest" and the most expensive material currently in existence) at a price that is 240,000 lower than the current market price. This will allow the emergence of thousands of new applications (>7,000 graphene related patents are pending) that are waiting for the large-scale production of this material, including printable solar cells, flexible displays, ultra-fast processors, gas separation membranes and myriads more.

2015 - Materials, Resources & Water - Category Winner

Nebia Shower

Nebia Shower is a shower system that uses 70% less water than a typical shower while wetting more thoroughly and in a larger area.
2014 - Materials, Resources & Water - Category Winner

Modern Meadow

Modern Meadow is developing fundamentally new approaches to growing animal products. This includes cultured leather and meat products which require no animal slaughter and much lower inputs of land, water, energy and chemicals. The company aims to help fashion designers and makers of leather goods meet the increasing global demand for their wares without taking such a toll on animals and the environment. The Brooklyn startup uses a tissue engineering technique called “biofabrication,” to grow leather from skin cells in trays in a lab. The company is also developing biofabricated meat, fish and poultry from muscle cells.
2013 - Materials, Resources & Water - Katerva Award Winner

MBA Polymers

A 22-year old plastics recycler based in Richmond, CA, MBA Polymers has developed a unique technology to take complex plastic waste from cast-off computers, electronics and junked cars that other recyclers can’t handle. They claim that they are “mining tomorrow’s plastics” instead of making them from petrochemicals.
2012 - Materials, Resources & Water - Category Winner

Pasteurization Technology Group

This San Leandro, California startup is trying to revolutionize the disinfection of wastewater by combining it with renewable energy generation. Most wastewater is treated with chemicals like chlorine or energy-sucking UV light. PTG uses methane produced in wastewater treatment, and a turbine, to produce electricity for treatment facilities and to sell back to the energy grid. The exhaust from the turbine is also used to heat-pasteurize the water. The system is more than 90% energy efficient.
2011 - Materials, Resources & Water - Katerva Award Winner

Sanergy

Sanergy, which was founded by MIT alumni, provides low-cost, sustainable, franchised sanitation centers throughout Kenya to address one of the biggest problems in developing economies today—poor and inefficient access to clean and safe sanitation.
 
 

Materials, Resources & Water

Materials, Resources & Water

Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting.

Richard Buckminster Fuller, Inventor
A truly sustainable world is one that produces not a single grain of waste. This require efforts at both ends of the waste cycle. Resources must be used hyper-efficiently and materials must be made entirely recyclable. This category covers advancements in man-made materials, resource efficiency, waste reduction and water management. All of which are critical to making a sustainable positive impact in the other award categories.

Meet the Experts:

Armin Reller

Armin RellerDean, University of Augsburg

Prof. Dr. Armin Reller is professor for resource strategy at the University of Augsburg, Germany, he is also Chairman of the Environmental Science Center (ESC), member of the board of the AMU (Application Center for Materials and Science) and Chairman of the Graduate School “Resource Strategy Concepts for Sustainable Energy Systems” at the University of Augsburg.
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Materials, Resources & Water
Darcy Winslow

Darcy WinslowManaging Partner, Academy for Systemic Change

Darcy Winslow is the Managing Partner of the Academy for Systemic Change, an organization focused on unlocking the human spirit and building capacity in business, education and marine ecosystems to create systemic change for social, economic and environmental well-being at a scale that matters.
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Materials, Resources & Water
Dave Fork

Dave ForkRenewable Energy Technologist, Google

David Fork (senior member IEEE) graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Rochester with degrees in Physics and EE and completed his Ph.
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Impact Panel
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Materials, Resources & Water
Denise DeLuca

Denise DeLucaCo-Founder and CEO, Vibrant OS

Denise DeLuca is co-founder of Vibrant OS, where she catalyzes natural human capacity for creativity, effective collaboration, and break-through innovation, using strategies from nature.
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Materials, Resources & Water
Ebba Kierkegaard

Ebba KierkegaardConsultant

Ebba is a freelancing product developer and process facilitator in its broadest sense.
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Policy Panel
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Materials, Resources & Water
Elena Micossi

Elena MicossiPhD

MSc in Physics and PhD in Biochemistry, Elena Micossi has 10 years research experience in protein crystallography and proteomics in prestigious European research institutes.
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Materials, Resources & Water

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