All the winners and highly commended finalists from this year's premier UK clean technology awards
Following a glittering ceremony at the May Fair Hotel in London yesterday, the winners of the BusinessGreen Technology Awards were announced. Congratulations again to all our finalists and here are all the winners and highly commended entries.
App of the Year
Biodiversity Quality Calculator (BQC) - Ecosulis Ltd
In a competitive category the judges were hugely impressed with Ecosulis' Biodiversity Quality Calculator, describing it as an effective means of navigating complex biodiversity indicators and praising its influential client base.
Highly Commended: FieldSchedule - BT
Building Technology of the Year
AirEx - U-Floor Technologies Ltd
Building on last year's success, AirEx was once again singled out by the judges in a highly competitive category for its highly innovative and highly scalable intelligent ventilation system, which boasts huge potential to cut emissions and improve health outcomes nationwide.
Highly Commended: The Freedom Project - PassivSystems
Circular Economy Technology of the Year
Plastic aluminium laminate packaging recycling process - Enval Ltd
In one of our most competitive and innovative categories, Enval got the nod for the judges thanks to a recycling breakthrough that promises to resolve the once seemingly intractable waste challenge presented by ubiquitous plastic aluminium laminate packaging.
Highly Commended: Petit Pli suit - Petit Pli
Highly Commended: Winnow food waste solutions - Winnow
Biotechnology of the Year
Lt-AD - NVP Energy
Low temperature anaerobic digestion has long been something of a Holy Grail for the green gas sector and as such the judges wanted to recognise NVP Energy for its wastewater AD breakthrough and the impressive deployments and client roster it has built up in the space of just three years.
Clean and Cool Award for International Impact
Whitefox Technologies Limited
Whitefox Technologies was praised by the judges once again this year, as it continued to step up its expansion in Europe, Canada, and the US in response to growing interest in its energy, emission, and water-saving industrial membrane technology.
Fast Track Technology of the Year
The judges were won over by Aeristech's combination of innovative fuel cell technology, ambitious expansion plan, and impressive execution which this year saw it deliver significant growth and chalk up major new contracts.
Highly Commended: Whitefox Technologies
Future City Technology
Johan Cruijff ArenA project - Eaton
In a competitive category, Eaton won out thanks to its high profile energy storage installation and accompanying Living Lab smart city initiative, which simultaneously provided a home for old electric vehicle batteries, advanced grid management technology, and a reduced carbon footprint.
Highly Commended: Wastewater Fibre Technology - SiFi Networks
Smart Grid Technology of the Year
In one of our most competitive categories, Highview Power emerged victorious thanks to the successful opening of its pioneering liquid-air energy storage (LAES) system, which promises to provide invaluable clean, cost-effective, long-term, reliable, and renewables-supporting energy storage.
Highly Commended: GridDuck
Downing LLP Award for Automotive Technology of the Year
EVLab - Syzygy Consulting
In another competitive category, the judges were hugely impressed by Syzygy's impressively co-ordinated approach to identifying and overcoming the challenges that inevitably result from EV fleet and charging infrastructure deployments, providing a meaningful boost to this most important of sectors.
Supply Chain/Logistics Technology of the Year
Smart Electric Urban Logistics (SEUL) initiative - UK Power Networks Services
UK Power Networks wide-ranging SEUL initiative at UPS Camden depot won over the judges thanks to its integrated, innovative, scalable, and highly effective approach to solving the real world problem of EV fleets increasing pressure on the grid.
Highly Commended: The Silverstream System - Silverstream
Transport Technology of the Year
The Silverstream System - Silverstream
Highly Commended: Marine capable electric turbo compounding (ETC) technology - Bowman Power
In a highly competitive category the judges were hugely impressed by Silverstream's patented air lubrication technology and its promise of utilising a 'magic carpet of air' to help ships improve their efficiency by up to 10 per cent - providing significant emissions reductions in one of the world's hard to decarbonise industries.
Renewable Energy Technology of the Year
MasterFilter Filtration System - MasterFilter
Maintenance remains one of the biggest challenges for offshore wind farms and as such the judges were won over by MasterFilter's elegant technology and its ability to drastically improve the reliability, reduce the downtime, and slash the cost of offshore wind turbines.
Highly Commended: ProLight Solar Lighting Tower - Prolectric Limited
Start up of the Year
Myenergi was praised by the judges for its ambitious launch plan, eye-catching brand and marketing, ability to attract investors, and admirable execution, which has seen its innovative green home technologies make impressive headway in an important and competitive market.
Highly Commended: Carbon Delta
R&D Programme of the Year
The Freedom Project - Western Power Distribution, Wales & West Utilities and PassivSystems
In another competitive category The Freedom Project was highlighted by the judges for its wide-ranging 'Living Heat Laboratory' in South Wales, which is undertaking critical work to address how one of the most demanding decarbonisation challenges - the development of green heat systems - can be tackled in a real world environment.
Highly Commended: Mattress recycling programme - The Furniture Recycling Group
Highly Commended: 'Nowhere to hide' programme - Carbon Tracker Initiative
Innovator of the Year
Philip Keenan - Camscience Limited
The judges said Philip Keenan was a deserved winner of our one individual award, praising his track record as a practicing materials scientist, his commitment to improving the environmental performance of the industrial printing industries, and the series of resource efficiency breakthroughs delivered at Camscience.
Highly Commended: Omar Rahim - Energi Mine
Breakthrough of the Year
Limejump Trading Platform - Limejump
In a highly competitive category Limejump won out thanks to its cutting edge trading platform and the genuine disruption it is bringing to the energy market in the form of clean and cost effective smart grid services.
Highly Commended: FeTu compressor - FeTu Ltd
Lifetime Achievement Award
This year's lifetime achievement award winner is one of the genuine pioneers of renewable energy technology both in the UK and around the world.
He has enjoyed a hugely varied engineering career, having worked on everything from Zambian copper mines to Scottish marine energy projects. He was one of the founders of the British Wind Energy Association, which this autumn celebrated its 40th anniversary as RenewableUK. He also co-founded Marine Current Turbines, influential international renewable energy consultancy ITPower, and cutting edge energy storage specialist Gravitricity.
Peter recognised the critical importance and huge potential of clean technologies long before they were popular and has dedicated his career to advancing their cause.
As importantly, a colleague has this to say of Peter: "It is very clear to me now that everyone who has worked with him is still enormously fond of him - even those who have disagreed with him on occasion, because when he decides on something he tends to stick to it".
Peter Fraenkel was awarded an MBE for services to marine energy in 2013, has been appointed a visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh, and is a previous winner of the Saltire Prize. But obviously this is the big one. Ladies and Gentleman, our BusinessGreen Technology Awards 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Peter Fraenkel.
Technology of the Year
Our winner of winners was praised by the judges for its highly innovative energy storage system, successful execution, and ambitious plans to ensure liquid-air energy storage plays a central role in the clean and smart energy grids of the future.
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