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PAST WINNERS IN THE CATEGORY Energy & Power

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.
2019 - Energy & Power - Category Winner

NEXWAFE (Kerfless wafering by high throughput epitaxy)

Based in Germany, Nexwafe aims to increase competitive advantages for solar energy by replacing traditional manufacturing methods with high end process, including growing new layers on a re-usable Si seed wafer. NexWafe can both cut production costs and recycle used materials, not least by making certain parts of the process (polysilicon production, ingot pulling, wire sawing) obsolete. By doing so cost of wafer production are cut in half, silicon losses are reduced by more than 90%, and the use of energy is also reduced by 50%. Replacing todays wafer production by our technology would save 50.000.000 tons of CO2 emission per year.
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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Mike Brown Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital

Mr. Brown was previously Co-founder (in 1968) and up to March 1999 the President of Ventures West Capital Ltd. He is a Director of Questair Technologies Inc, and Cellex Power Products, Inc., and was formerly a director of Greenlight Power Technologies, Inc. He was Chair of MDI Mobile Data...
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Patricia Bader-Johnston Innovation Evangelist and Social Entrepreneur

She is also Representative Director of eSurface Technologies KK, holding Board roles with Neurogenics, OGI and CPRSx plc., with social ventures in Myanmar and the Philippines focusing on the Food/Water/Energy nexus. She founded (not-for-profit) 5ive-Planets ISH in 2010; a social enterprise with a...
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Penny Humby Lecturer, Education Consultant

She obtained her PhD from the University of New Brunswick, Canada where she studied photosynthetic responses to abiotic stress. She received both her BSc. and MSc. from the University of Guelph, Canada in aquatic ecology. She has worked as a Marine Environmental Quality Technician and has been...
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Peter Meisen President, Global Energy Network Institute

He founded the Global Energy Network Institute (aka GENI), and is a member of the following professional associations: IEEE Power Engineering Society, World Affairs Council of San Diego, Union of Concerned Scientists, United Nations Association, and is an Honorary member of the Rancho Bernardo...
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Rinaldo S. Brutoco President & Founder, World Business Academy

Rinaldo is President of the Chopra Foundation, Chairman of the Unstoppable Foundation, and serves on the board of the JUST Capital Foundation. Rinaldo has served on the Board of Directors of Men’s Wearhouse since its IPO in 1992 and has served on the board of the Gorbachev Foundation of North...
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Robert Rapier Director of Alternative Fuels, ZHRO LLC

Robert has over 20 years of international engineering experience in the chemicals, oil and gas, and renewable energy industries, and holds several patents related to his work. He has worked in the areas of oil refining, natural gas production, synthetic fuels, ethanol production, butanol...
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Terry Vernon Manager, Capital Projects, Sustainability, & Energy at Yolo County

His work has not only required a zero capital investment from the County; it also eliminated a $2.7 million dollar energy bill. These results have been recognized by the USA EPA twice for leadership awards. Prior to coming to Yolo County, Terry worked at Stanford University and Arizona State...
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Thilotham Kolanu Director, GreenStratos Consulting (P) Ltd.

He specializes in designing and implementing Renewable Energy Programmes, Environmental Management Systems and Climate Change and CDM Projects, as well as in Natural Resource Management including water supply, public utilities etc. In his 21 years work experience and 4 years of research experience...
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Thomas Darden Founder and CEO, Cherokee

Beginning in 1984, he served for 16 years as the Chairman of Cherokee Sanford Group. Tom serves on numerous other boards including those of Shaw University, Environmental Defense Action Fund, Research Triangle Institute and the University of North Carolina’s environmental department. He was...
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TJ Glauthier Founder and CEO, TJG Energy Associates, LLC

He held two Presidential appointments in the Clinton Administration, as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1993 - 1998, and as the Deputy Secretary and COO of the Department of Energy from 1999 - 2001. He served on President Obama's transition team in 2008. Mr....
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