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PAST WINNERS IN THE CATEGORY Environment
2017 - Environment - Category Winner
CarbonCure concrete production
The production of cement and concrete contributes to roughly 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In response, Halifax-based CarbonCure Technologies has developed a universal retrofit equipment component that recycles carbon dioxide into concrete to make greener and stronger concrete. CarbonCure’s technology enables concrete – the world’s most abundant man-made material – to permanently capture carbon dioxide (CO2), while enhancing concrete’s strength and value. CarbonCure’s CO2-utilization technology upcycles waste CO2 sourced from final emitters such as refineries or fertilizer plants, and is injected into concrete to achieve material, environmental and economic advantages. CO2 is introduced during concrete mixing, and reacts with lime present in the concrete to form a solid nano-particle, calcium carbonate. The result is that CO2 is permanently embedded within concrete, thereby becoming “sequestered” as a nano mineral carbonate. CarbonCure’s technology provides a win-win solution by recycling waste CO2 to improve concrete quality, lower its water demand and carbon footprint, and increase concrete’s strength. CarbonCure's technology reduces GHGs by: 1) directly sequestering waste CO2 into concrete, and 2) reducing cement content for additional avoided GHG and water savings. Concrete made with CarbonCure’s technology has been installed in hundreds of high-profile construction projects, including the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery at the University of California, the MGM National Harbor in Washington, DC, and York University’s Bergeron Centre. CarbonCure’s bolt-on technology is currently installed in 36 concrete plants across Canada and the US, and is poised to scale globally.
2018 - Environment - Category Winner
Afforest for Future
Afforest for Future has a patent pending on its unique mthodology for desert greening and on its Artificial Inteligence alghorithams. Our unique ecosystem restoration approach was developed during my doctoral research at TU Vienna. It is a system powered by an artificial intelligence, data analytics platform, that can identify desert areas which can be greened within 2 yr.
2019 - Environment - Category Winner
Innovator Energy provides a solution to the global energy crisis, mainly in how carbon dioxide is captured in the process of emissions from power plants. Innovator Energy has developed a patented CO2 capture process that separates CO2 from flue gas. It can save 96% of energy compared to the most efficient comparable technology currently available - amine technology -and costs less than $8 per ton to capture CO2.
2011 - Environment - Category Winner
Clean drinking water is a basic human need. Using filters and sunlight, this solution provides clean drinking water, employment, and economic opportunity for rural developing communities. Using off-the-shelf filtration and UV-light disinfection, UV Waterworks provides clean drinking water for more than 5 million people in parts of Africa and Asia. The system can provide a decade of healthy drinking water at less than $10 per person, and exceed WHO standards for quality. The solution is a modular system comprising a range of filtration, osmosis, and UV filtration technologies. The system is maintained locally, and monitored in real-time for quality control by UV Waterworks.
2012 - Environment - Category Winner
This Los Angeles-based network of 30,000 volunteers in more than 90 countries monitors the health of coral reefs. Volunteers collect scientific data and turn it over to government agencies. The group also runs a diver education and certification program for children and adults.
2013 - Environment - Category Winner
Consortium for Wildlife Bycatch Reduction
Based at the New England Aquarium in Boston, this group brings together fishermen, engineers and wildlife biologists who are working on ways to cut the number of endangered marine animals like whales that get caught up in the nets of commercial fishermen.
2014 - Environment - Category Winner
Biomatrix Water Active Ecosystems
This solution creates small floating islands that mimic nature to tackle pollution, algae, and sewage contamination, resulting in revitalized waterways. Biomatrix Water Active Ecosystems have been developed to provide a concentrated natural solution to improve water quality. The designs harness the power of nature to provide a long-term sustainable water quality management solution, which uses no chemicals and gets better with time as the system grows. This technology combines the latest developments in ecological engineering with new biofilm research and traditional wastewater treatment processes. Whole-system engineered ecologies provide an energy efficient, low life cycle cost treatment solution. Ultimately, the solution naturally improves water quality, increases animal habitat, and provides protection to riverbank infrastructure.