All the winners and highly commended entries from this year's BusinessGreen Technology Awards
App of the Year
Verv (by Green Running) - Intelligent home energy assistant
The judges were hugely impressed with Verv's combination of advanced AI technology and a highly intuitive and easy to use app, which is fast delivering on the promise of next generation smart home systems
Automotive Technology of the Year
Toyota (GB) PLC - Toyota Mirai
In this highly competitive category the judges were won over by the Mirai's remarkable performance, impressive environmental credentials, and Toyota's vision for how fuel cells can play a crucial role within a low carbon energy system
Highly Commended: Aeristech Ltd - sCharger
Building Technology of the Year
Demand Logic - Digital retrofit
In another highly competitive category the judges wanted to reward Demand Logic for its proven track record optimising building's environmental performance and the impressive environmental and financial ROI delivered by its 'digital refrotfits'
Highly Commended: AirEx - Smart ventilation control
Circular Economy Technology of the Year
Aceleron - Circular economy focused battery
The judges were won over by Aceleron's multi-faceted approach to tackling the issue of old batteries and the innovative technologies and business models it has deployed to make environmentally-friendly re-use a reality
Highly Commended: Cambridge Consultants - Smart recycling point
Clean and Cool Award for International Impact
Whitefox Technologies Limited
The judges deemed Whitefox Technologies the stand out entrant thanks to its highly scalable membrane technology, proven commercial success, and huge environmental savings
Bio-technology of the Year
Airponix Ltd - Food production technology
In a highly competitive category, the judges thought Airponix deserved the accolade for its game-changing advanced airponic, smart agricultural system which promises to tackle the multiple environmental challenges faced by the food industry
Highly Commended: Whitefox Technologies Limited - Whitefox ICE
Future City Technology of the Year
Verv (by Green Running) - Blockchain system
The judges were hugely impressed by Verv's Blockchain innovation and its potential to revolutionise and democratise the energy sector, slashing greenhouse gas emissions in the process
Marine Energy Technology of the Year
Scotrenewables Tidal Power - Floating tidal turbine
In another highly competitive category, the judges were won over by the technical breakthroughs and cost reductions on offer from Scotrenewables Tidal Power's innovative new floating turbine technology
Highly Commended: Nova Innovation Ltd - Offshore tidal array
Social Impact Technology of the Year
Community Action MK/SmartKlub - CAPE Community Action Portal for Energy
The judges were won over by the CAPE project's innovative, integrated, and satellite-enabled approach to engaging households and small businesses, and helping them deliver essential energy efficiency gains
Solar Technology of the Year
Huawei FusionSolar - SUN2000 60KTL, smart PV string inverter
The judges were won over by the multiple benefits on offer from Huawei FusionSolar's ground-breaking string inverter, not least its impressive efficiency and up-time statistics and its ability to help optimise solar farm designs.
Highly Commended: Renovagen Ltd - RAPID ROLL portable solar power system
Smart Grid Technology of the Year
OVO Energy - VCharge
In this extremely competitive category, OVO Energy took the plaudits for its highly innovative VCharge product and its approach to tackling the huge challenge presented by the need to decarbonise heat and integrate variable renewable power technologies on to the grid.
Highly Commended: Open Energi - Dynamic Demand 2.0
Highly Commended: Reactive Technologies - GridMetrix
Transport Technology of the Year
Meteor Power Limited - Electric and hybrid powertrains
Meteor Power emerged victorious this year with the judges praising the deep emissions and fuel savings it is already delivering through its growing portfolio of hybrid powertrain technologies
Clean Tech Start-up of the Year
It's early days for AirEx, but the judges were left impressed by the company's smart ventilation system and its ability to bring energy-saving and health benefits while also helping to tackle fuel poverty
R&D Programme of the Year
TWI Ltd - Wind energy digital twin technology
The judges were won over by the project's consortium-led research approach and the tangible progress it has made tackling the major maintenance challenges faced by the wind and other renewables industries
Highly Commended: Tantalum Corporation - Air.Car project
Innovator of the Year
John Hingley - Renovagen Ltd
Renovagen's John Hingley impressed the judges with his exciting Rapid Roll technology, and his persistence in bringing to market a technology that could both slash emissions and help save lives in disaster zones
Highly Commended: Steve Lindsey - Lontra
Breakthrough of the Year
Quantum Technology Supersensors - Smart pressure sensors
Quantum Technology Supersensors won out thanks to a breakthrough technology that the judges agreed could bring environmentally friendly sensors to multiple industries, providing huge efficiency gains across the entire green economy
Highly Commended: Aqua21 - Water Treatment System
Technology of the Year
Verv (by Green Running) - Intelligent home energy assistant
Highly Commended: Demand Logic - Digital retrofit
Highly Commended: OVO Energy - VCharge
It was a tough decision for the judges, but in the end Verv got the vote for technology of the year thanks to its rich smart functionality and its proven ability to engage consumers with the energy they are using
Michael Liebreich is an entrepreneur, analyst, engineer, and Olympic skier.
He is best known the founder of what was to become Bloomberg New Energy Finance - a role that established him as one of the world's most eloquent and outspoken advocates of clean technology and the prosperous and healthy future it can unlock.
But amongst many other roles he is a board member for Transport for London, a member of the high level advisory board of the UN's Sustainable Energy for All initiative, a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College Energy Futures Lab, a winner of the Ricardo Prize for Thermodynamics and the founder and chair of Finance for Resilience, the EcoVillages Association and the Liebreich Foundation.
In all his endeavors - not to mention his must follow and rarely anything less than forthright Twitter feed - he has made the case for innovation, entrepreneurship, competition and industrial transformation as the key to tackling the many challenges we face.
You may not always agree with every aspect of his analysis, but there is no doubting the verve, passion and insight with which it is delivered.
In a sector that can too often punch below its weight, he has brought some much needed clout to the clean tech industry's efforts to explain how it will shape the 21st century.
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