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PAST WINNERS IN THE CATEGORY BEHAVIORAL CHANGE

2017 - Energy & Power - Category Winner

Gallium nitride power conversion by GaN

Whenever power conversion happens losses occur. These losses manifest themselves as waste heat, which has to be dissipated and gives rise to excess greenhouse gases. Using gallium nitride, with its much lower on-resistance, superior fast-switching capabilities and zero reverse recovery losses a more efficient conversion is achieved. Gallium nitride technology offers significant efficiency improvements over traditional silicon technology when used in high power conversion systems, thereby reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and various criteria air contaminants. Hybrid and electric vehicles have a substantial power conversion requirement – a typical drivetrain can be switching 100kW. A typical silicon-based converter will be optimally 95% efficient – therefore having a 5% loss – or 5kW. These losses, as heat, have to be disposed of, and the current solutions involve water-cooling and separate radiator systems. GaN converters can achieve 98 to 99% efficiency – a threefold reduction in losses, and thanks to GaN’s higher efficiency, can be air-cooled. Other applications include solar, wind and smart-grid, and high-efficiency power supply.
2018 - Energy & Power - Category Winner

Solar Reserve

SolarReserve is solving the problem of meaningfully and cost-effectively storing intermittent renewable energy, so it can be reliable and available to meet electricity demand whenever needed, day and night. Our patented technology captures and stores solar energy in molten salt, providing power utilities and energy intensive entities with 24/7 reliable, non-intermittent renewable energy. Molten salt tower receiver with integrated thermal energy storage leads the concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) industry in terms of efficiency, reliability and cost. The technology provides both energy generation as well as bulk energy storage at a price competitive with conventional generation in many markets.
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.
2012 - Energy & Power - Category Winner

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.
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.
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.
2015 - Energy & Power - Category Winner

Qualcomm Halo

Qualcomm Halo is a wireless approach to charging electrical cars.

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.


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A.W. ArmstrongKestrel Management, Principal Consultant/Owner

In his 18 years of consulting, A.W. has assisted clients in the refining, chemical, railroad, mining, food and beverage, and metals casting industries identify, assess and develop controls to manage environmental and safety risks to their organizations. A.W. also helps organizations evaluate human...
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Alan SouthDirector, Ripplewood Limited

Today, Alan’s work is in business education and as also as a consultant and advisor, with the two parallel career streams reinforcing one other. He has his own business, Ripplewood Limited and is an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His career includes executive...
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Albert ButareCEO, Fatracs Co Limited

Mr. Butare also was the Academic Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology and represented the Government of Rwanda in international climate change discussions....
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Alexander GoslingDirector, Capstone Partners Pty Ltd

Alexander is an engineer by training, a Past National President of the Australasian Industrial Research Group, a Past National President of the Australia-Malaysia Business Council, an elected Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, an elected Fellow of the Institute of...
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Allan QueryVP Engineering and Construction, Iberdola Renewables

Allan has more than 35 years of power generation project management and construction experience including 18 years with General Electric Company. In addition to experience with wind renewable and combined-cycle generation, Allan has worked on biomass renewable, small hydro, and waste-to-energy...
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Andrew HargadonExecutive Director, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture

He has published numerous articles and chapters in leading scholarly and applied publications. Hargadon is at the forefront of teaching, research and practice in cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship, and is founding director of two key centers at UC Davis, dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and...
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Andrew HighamHead of Technology, UNFCCC

The UNFCCC’s strategy is to secure a universal and legal international climate change agreement in 2015 and for it's implementation from 2020. Representing the UNFCCC and mobilizing efforts to bridge the pre-2020 emissions reduction gap....
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Andrzej KassenbergPresident, Institute for Sustainable Development

He was granted a master’s degree in geography and a doctoral degree in technical sciences. He has been engaged in scientific activities as a sustainable development policy expert and lectured at many Polish and American universities. He is Chairperson of The Board of Directors of the Regional...
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Anton RobekSr. VP. Special Projects, DSM

He has 30 years of experience in a broad variety of businesses, ranging from fertilizers to specialty chemicals and engineering plastics, at the Dutch conglomerate Royal DSM. He assumed global business responsibilities and concluded various partnerships and joint ventures in different fields...
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