Finalist Solution Summaries


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1. AMP Robotics (USA-CO): Artificial intelligence and robotics for recycling.

AMP Robotics has created Cortex, a robotic system that can rapidly pick recyclable materials off a conveyor belt for recovery. This is enabled by state of the art artificial intelligence that is able to peer into the waste stream and identify individual pieces of recoverable material.

The technology itself is paired with a novel Robots-as-a-Service business model, wherein the robot is not “sold” as an expensive piece of capital equipment, as is standard in the industry today, but instead “rented”. The facility receives an all-inclusive warranty, as well as continual updates as the deployed robotic fleet learns over the time.


2. Atlas Energy Systems (USA-IL): Nuclear power supply for long-term oceanic uses.

Atlas Energy Systems, LLC is developing a new kind of industrial battery that can operate in portable sizes for months or years without recharging and provide emission-free power for generators. The Atlas Energy System uses the same platform technology found in household smoke detectors and super sizes it to provide continuous, long-lasting energy, even in extreme conditions of temperature or pressure, in the kilowatt range.

Atlas makes its battery sustainable and environmentally friendly by using repurposed leftover material from the medical isotope industry to generate the electrons that carry the electrical charge. The battery has a wide variety of potential applications for ocean monitoring and maritime systems. Over the longer term, it is expected that the technology can be further scaled up to the megawatts range.


3. CALTROPe (Hungary): Modular structures to prevent coastal flooding in vulnerable areas.

CALTROPe is a lace-like structure that is able to catch and collect river sediment with the help of mangrove plants, so integrating natural and architectural elements.

Working like a catalyst, it provokes positive changes at the most critical shoreline points.
The units are installed in a line parallel to the shore, then mangrove saplings are planted in this dam system. The trees integrate into the structure and create an efficient defense line against sea level rise.


4. Energy Materials (USA-GA): Ultra high efficiency, ultra low-cost photovoltaics.

Energy Materials Corporation (EMC)’s innovation is use of a nano-antenna (rectenna) technology, which “tunes in” light energy like a radio antenna “tunes in” radio waves. Antennas do not have the same efficiency limits as current PV technologies, so EMC’s solar cells can generate 3.5-4x more energy per unit area than existing solar cells, at a fraction of the cost. The concept has been demonstrated in other labs, however, only EMC has a scalable, patented process with commercial potential for the solar industry. In fact, EMC’s low cost, high throughput manufacturing approach will radically decrease the cost of solar cell manufacturing.


5. Ferrate Treatment Technologies (USA-FL): Changing the way the world solves drinking water, wastewater, and environmental remediation challenges.

FTT’s breakthrough is based on our patented ability to cost-effectively produce Ferrate (a supercharged form of the iron, yes iron which is an essential to life nutrient). FTT invented the only low-cost manufacturing method to deliver ferrate in commercial quantities at the site FTT’s in a small footprint, easy to bolt on system.

Ferrator technology includes sensors that allow for more cost-effective feed and control methods, including automation to assure optimal performance. In addition to the manufacturing breakthrough, FTT has assembled an experienced team of industry leaders from Suez and Ecolab/Nalco that understand the technology, its municipal and industrial global market fit and how to successfully commercialize it to market. Despite its potency, ferrate does not create toxic byproducts that form human carcinogens.


6. Full Cycle (USA-CA): Mitigating plastic pollution to improve ocean health.

Full Cycle Bioplastics has developed a proprietary technology that converts organic wastes, such as inedible food waste, agricultural by-products, and dirty paper/cardboard, into a cost competitive and compostable bioplastic called polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA).

PHA is a bio-derived, bio-benign material, offering one of the only compostable and marine-degradable alternatives to traditional plastics.

PHA could replace a wide variety of fossil-fuel derived plastics with as a marine-safe alternative- especially for small format plastics that often end up polluting the ocean.


7. Heliac (Denmark): Utility scale solar thermal energy at prices below coal and gas.

Heliac has developed a method to concentrate sunlight at extremely low costs. Our panels are produced from standard components abundant anywhere in the world. They work like magnifying glasses. Our solution is extremely scalable as the present annual production capacity is a whopping 100GW. This equals 5x the global installed base of concentrated solar power. Our first full-scale demonstration plant will deliver unsubsidized energy at costs below coal or gas. With scale economies, we expect to reduce costs by an extra 50%.


8. Perryman Technologies (UAE): Steam, gas turbine, & diesel engines powered by pure heat.

Vessels that are powered by gas turbine can be retrofitted to use a combination of on board, highly compressed or liquefied air and high-temperature heat 2-cycle diesel as a non-combustion system. Steam turbine’s boilers are retrofitted with heat exchangers.

The thermal energy is provided by a storage device. The device can hold thermal charges with minimum loses for over 6 months, & can store 30 MW thermal in 26 me cu safely, remaining externally under 60 deg C. Energy can be delivered through solid state thermal transfer and heat exchangers.


9. Rozalia Project for Clean Ocean (USA-VT): Small consumer device to capture laundry-based microfibers before they enter streams/oceans.

We are eating our fleece! Our clothes are breaking up into tiny pieces of microfiber and flowing into waterways. Everyone who wears and washes clothes is part of this problem.

The Cora Ball, the world’s first microfiber catching laundry ball, is extremely easy to use. Consumers just drop 1-3 Cora Balls into their washing machine. There is no need to change laundry habits or separate (other than delicates). The Cora Ball is meant to last 10,000 washes. Users clean it themselves just like a hairbrush and, for now, throw the fuzz/fibers away in the same place that they put their dryer lint. We are seeing up to 35% effectiveness and expect that to improve.


10. Cella Energy (United Kingdom): Solid hydrogen storage technology replacing compressed gas and batteries.

Cella Energy has a patented, proprietary solid hydrogen storage technology based on Ammonia Borane. Ammonia Borane was identified as a prime candidate for solid hydrogen storage by the US DOE.

After years of research by many major companies and government labs, Cella Energy in collaboration with UK universities solved the problem of generating a clean release of the hydrogen stored in the material in a “Goldilocks” temperature range. That is, the Cella material is completely stable up to 60° C, and when heated to approx. 100° C, quickly releases its hydrogen. The material is safe, can be regenerated once the hydrogen has been depleted, and is economical to produce at industrial scale.


11. Sunny Clean Water (USA-NY): Water purification using enhanced solar driven distillation.

Our technology and product will provide a solution to address the slow water evaporation rate and fresh water scarcity of residents in islands, coastal and remote areas.

Our system consists of two main components: (1) Nano/micro-carbon coated cloth for enhanced solar powered water evaporation, and (2) improved cooling unit for rapid moisture condensation. These two components make a system that can evaporate water 3-5 times faster than the natural evaporation rate and can collect distilled water more rapidly for drinking purposes.


12. Wing Trawling System (USA-AL): System to reduce by-catch and reduce fuel operating costs on shrimp boats.
The Wing Trawling System (WTS) that reduces unwanted finfish by-catch by 60% and higher. With further testing and net development, the reduction could rise to as much as 90%.
The WTS has also proven to reduce fuel consumption by 35% and higher.

1. Very High By-catch reduction
2. Very High Fuel Reduction
3. Increased life of the mechanical equipment of the host trawler.
4. Easy to adapt
5. A projected increase of 30% for the fisherman’s profit line.




1. Atom Switch by Atom Power: USA (NC)
Circuit breakers are the devices through which all the power we depend on flows, but they have historically been mechanical in nature, very slow to trip (contributing directly to arc flash hazards) and have little or no intelligence. The Atom Switch by Atom Power is a solid-state circuit breaker which provides visibility, control, and arc flash prevention for shipboard power distribution applications. This level of control and visibility is of paramount importance on ships where instant knowledge of what’s happening in real time, the ability to dynamically change and to see energy consumption at a granular level, and the ability to mitigate arc flash hazards, could lead to avoiding a catastrophic failure.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Power Struggle


2. Weaver 5 Wind Turbine by Weaver Wind Energy: USA (NY)
In the distributed (small scale) wind sector, reliability issues have been the most persistent obstacle to industry growth. The Weaver 5 Wind Turbine by Weaver Wind Energy is a 5kW turbine whose control system solves the reliability problem. The scalable solution, called Active Furling, is an algorithm-controlled method of deactivating the turbine in dangerously high wind speeds. Active Furling results in a 20+ year design life with minimal maintenance. This type of small wind energy system significantly reduces an owner’s need to expend time, money, and energy to maintain the initial investment. Additionally, this model drives economic growth by creating clean energy jobs at the community scale and beyond.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Humans Need Not Apply


3. Sun Buckets: USA (IL)
Sun Buckets are portable, stored solar energy cookstoves that allow users to cook without fire, fuel, or emissions. Sun Buckets offers the 700 million energy impoverished households the opportunity to save some of the $100 billion they spend annually on cooking fuels. This technology helps maintain local cooking traditions by emulating the temperature of fire and allowing users to cook where and when they wish, even when the sun is not shining.

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Film Intern Video – Humble Village


4. SolarVIA™ by 510Nano: USA (NC)
Solar VIA™ by 510nano is a patent-pending innovative, ground mounted photovoltaic (“PV”) module which generates electricity efficiently from both visible and infrared radiation– up to 95% more electricity than current competing PV technologies over a defined operating footprint. This means the generated electricity is a lower per unit cost than conventional solar, thus increasing the rates of return for solar power plant operators. Solar VIA™ can yield a cost of electricity of $0.05 per kwh, without subsidy and without fluctuation of fuel price, a cost on par with fossil fuels.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Frankenstein


5. SunCulture: Kenya
SunCulture is a turnkey solar-powered irrigation solution tailored for the needs of smallholder farmers, bundled with the ancillary products (seeds, fertilizers, pesticides) and services (asset finance, last-mile delivery, on-farm training, installation, agronomy support, after-sales technical support, produce market access) smallholder farmers need to succeed. SunCulture farmers who were previously growing maize using rain-fed agriculture making $600 per acre per year are now making an average of $14,000 per acre per year. This additional income allows farmers to employ additional people, and invest in their families’ health, education, and wellbeing.

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Film Intern Video – Domino Effect


6. Carbon-Capturing Composites by RRTC: USA (NJ)
Vehicles are a major source of carbon emissions. Carbon-Capturing Composites by RRTC will allow for a two-pronged reduction in the carbon footprint associated with automobiles, marine vessels, and aircraft by reducing the weight of their structural components as well as offsetting their CO2 emissions by capturing them. Widespread adoption of this material would reduce annual worldwide CO2 emissions by up to 3 billion tons.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Building a Future


7. Solvatten – a solar water treatment and water heater system: Sweden
Most of the everyday challenges for the world’s poor can be linked to energy and water. Solvatten harnesses the power of the sun to treat and heat water, making highly contaminated water safe from disease-causing microorganisms in a couple of hours, rendering it suitable for a for a wide range of domestic purposes. The Solvatten solar water treatment and water heater system reduces the need to burn fuel-wood which cause deforestation, soil-erosion and negative flooding effects. CO2 emissions in the atmosphere are reduced. That is good for people, planet and the oceans.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Under the Sun


8. Q.rad Computing Heater by Qarnot Computing: France
The heat generated by all the data centers in the world could already heat half of American households. The Q.rad by Qarnot Computing is a smart and connected digital heater, a fusion of an electrical heater and high-performance computing server. It is the first digital heater to use embedded microprocessors (CPUs) as a heat source. The heat produced by workload processing provides free and efficient heating for residential and public buildings.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Modded Family


9. Bioenergy Booster by C-Green: Sweden
Sludge volume produced by wastewater treatment plants worldwide is growing rapidly. Handling is expensive, leads to significant greenhouse gas emissions, and is potentially hazardous. The Bioenergy Booster by C-Green helps industries and wastewater treatment plants solve their sludge disposal problem via a cost-cutting missing component, using a Nobel Prize awarded technology in a new way. Sludge is turned into clean energy for a fraction of the cost of the value created by a positive environmental impact.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – The Sludge Factory


10. StingRAY Wave Power by Columbia Power Technologies: USA (VA)
Wave energy is the largest untapped resource on earth; it is predictable, dependable, close to the demand and runs at much higher utilization rates than solar and wind. StingRAY Renewable Power by Columbia Power cost-effectively and reliably converts the energy in ocean waves into electricity. The megawatt-scale StingRAY devices–which are arrayed in offshore “farms”–float on the water surface, capturing the energy from each passing wave and transmitting the electricity ashore by a grid-connected cable. The patented StingRAY is the first utility-scale technology to deliver the survivability, competitive cost-of-energy, and low environmental impact required by customers. Columbia Power’s innovation also has other renewable applications, including lowering the cost of wind power and improving the energy life and capabilities of low-power marine sensors and equipment.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Party Wave


11. SAROS Desalination: Turning waves into fresh water by EcoH2O Innovations, LLC: USA (NC)
By harnessing the energy found in ocean waves, SAROS Desalination by EcoH20 Innovations provides a dependable, sustainable, scalable and cost effective seawater desalination system. Driven by a wave-powered pumping system, SAROS completely removes the need for fossil fuels or electricity, bringing desalination to coastal areas around the world that currently lack access to drinking water.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Titanic


12. The Vortex Turbine by Turbulent: Belgium
It is possible to provide reliable and renewable hydropower energy, to supply even the most remote locations in the world and thus increase the electrification rate. This can be done by a smart and decentralized energy production using an easy to install turnkey product. The Vortex Turbine by Turbulent is a new and efficient hydropower technique, inspired by the natural shape of a vortex. The technology uses very low height differences to deliver affordable, renewable energy without damaging the local ecosystem.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Flush for Your Country


13. Resonant Wave Energy Converter by CorPower Ocean: Sweden
The Resonant Wave Energy Converter by CorPower is a compact, high-efficiency Wave Energy Converter, inspired by the pumping principles of the human heart. Using a patented phase control method, the buoys oscillate in resonance with a wide range of incoming waves, thereby greatly amplifying the energy generating motion of the device. This allows a large amount of power to be generated with a small buoy at a cost of energy that can compete with established energy resources.

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Film Intern Video – Wonder Boy


14. Greening the Coastal Deserts by Atmocean Wave Energy: USA (NM)
The FAO reports that the world will need 70% more food production by 2050 in order to avoid a global food crisis due to population growth and negative impacts of climate change on crop productivity. Using ocean waves, Greening the Coastal Deserts by Atmocean sends pressurized seawater onshore for direct desalination using no external grid connection. The newly available fresh water enables sustainable agriculture in coastal deserts. This opportunity creates jobs, generates food, enhances the local marine environment, and sequesters CO2 in the process.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Tides of Change


15. HySiLabs Fuel of the Future: France
HySiLabs Fuel of the Future is a hydrogen-based fuel which produces hydrogen on demand, with no energy input, while generating no emissions. The fuel is a stable, non-toxic, non-flammable liquid that is easily accessible and easy to handle. The HySiLabs solution maintains the advantages of an energy-dense hydrogen vector while simplifying production and removing storage and transportation issues.

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Film Intern Video – New World Power



2015 Finalist Solution Summaries

1. Aeroclay
Recyclable and Biodegradable Materials 
by Compadre

AeroClay by Compadre is an open-cell, flame resistant foam made primarily from a clay and polymer mixture and created through an environmentally friendly freeze-drying process. The technology provides a new approach to designing and manufacturing foams and it produces no toxic chemicals as byproducts. This green process creates virtually 100% raw materials yield with almost no manufacturing landfill waste, and finished goods that are reusable and biodegradable. It can address problems such as non-biodegradable wastes that end up in landfills, oil spilled into our waters, dangerous chemicals in our air, and the extraordinary waste of energy that is consumed in producing these pollutants and then in attempting to clean them up. AeroClay can both displace the wastes we are creating and aid in the decontamination process.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – The Passing of the Sponge


2. Zero Blade Wind Energy Converter
by Saphon Energy

Saphon Energy has developed breakthrough innovation in wind energy named “The Saphonian”, the Zero-Blade wind converter. The Saphonian is a radical new way to generate efficient, cost-effective and sustainable green energy. It is radically different from conventional bladed turbines as it is bladeless and doesn’t rotate. It rather follows a back and forth 3D knot motion and has a simple and unique design that is largely inspired from sailboat motion. The bladeless design reconciles outstanding technical performances with ecological considerations. The Saphonian also offers major applicability across various industries. On-grid, off-grid and distributed energy markets are a major target for the zero-blade technology. The new machine could also be used as water pump and air conditioner mainly in remote locations.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Don Quixote


3. Low Cost Energy Storage
Using an Iron Flow Battery
by ESS, Inc.

Energy Storage Systems, Inc. (ESS) has developed an extremely cost effective energy storage and management system. The technology combines a safe, abundant and non-toxic iron based electrolyte with our patent pending flow cell design. The resulting combination of high performance with low cost means that the technology is ideally suited for applications that range in size from behind-the-meter commercial sites, with or without renewables, to integration with utility scale renewables facilities. With this competitive advantage, ESS will achieve rapid growth by addressing the growing needs for time shifting when energy can be delivered from renewables and in peak demand reduction.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – The Reenergizers


4. Hybrid Heat Exchanger
Electricity on Aircraft
by Alteg

Electricity on AircraftModern aircraft have become increasingly electrically dependent in efforts to improve efficiency, reduce weight, and increase passenger comfort and convenience. With this shift in design comes the need for additional engine driven generators and highly reactive battery chemistries that have implications for fuel efficiency. Alteg Systems, Inc. has developed an aircraft heat exchanger that is both an efficient heat exchanger and a device capable of developing electrical power from the wasted heat. The Pre-cooler design can perform the required heat exchange tasks while at the same time converting the wasted heat into KW level DC electricity for on board systems. Beyond the aviation market the design has potential uses for any application or industry where heat exchange is required, to include factories, solar plants, and data centers.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Dance of the Elements


5. Smart LED Grow Light
Maximize Biomass Production While Reducing Energy Consumption
by Phytosynthetix

In a world with increasing population and limited amount of land it is expected that food scarcity will be a major challenge. Controlled Environmental Agriculture (CEA) food production systems with artificial illumination systems can help address this issue. However, indoor farms have high energy consumption, which is a major challenge for its economic feasibility. PhytoSynthetix has developed an innovative illumination system to increase the efficiency of indoors plant production systems. The smart LED grow light can “talk” to the plants. The patented technology is a biological feedback system that monitors plants light use efficiency in real time allowing the LED lights to communicate with the plants and change its light output based on the plants real needs. This unique system meets the increasing demand of indoor farmers for a more efficient grow lighting system, bringing them convenience and reducing their operational costs, using 30% less energy than any other LED light system.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – The Roommates


6. Hybrid Electric Powertrain
by XL Hybrids

The hybrid electric powertrain by XL Hybrids is the lowest-cost, highest quality hybrid electric solution for Class 2-4 vehicle fleets, and is simple to install, drive, and maintain. The technology transforms new and existing OEM vehicles into hybrids by adding an electric motor, an advanced Lithium-ion battery back and control software to the vehicle without significant modifications. The powertrain features regenerative braking which captures energy normally wasted in braking and reapplies that energy during acceleration to reduce fuel consumption. The technology can produce a 25% increase in miles per gallon, a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions, and the system starts at less than $10,000 to install.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Humans and Stuff


7. Energy Efficient, Low Emission Ignition
by Transient Plasma Systems

Transient Plasma Systems has developed an energy efficient, low emission ignition technology which is considered by automotive and truck manufacturers and engine producers to be the quickest solution to meet stringent new fuel economy regulations in the US. The technology will have major impact on large and growing market segments in aerospace, automotive, heavy transport, energy, medical, and agriculture based on early pilot studies. In addition to demonstrated improvements in fuel efficiency in engines by over 20% and improved ignition of a broader range of fuels (e.g. gasoline, natural gas, jet fuel) compared to traditional ignition methods, other demonstrated applications include drag reduction in airfoils by more than 30%, improved wine quality and quantity and reduced maturation time after its application to wine grapes, and a noninvasive cancer treatment that leaves no scars.

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Film Intern Video – Sparks Fly


8. Turning Buildings into Batteries
by QCoefficient

Coefficient introduces an automated, cloud-based technology, known as Model Predictive Control (MPC). It can harness building mass, such as the drywall and concrete in large commercial buildings, as a thermal energy storage (TES) medium. The MPC technology then uses that storage to intelligently, dynamically, and comfortably reshape building cooling load profiles. The technology integrates building HVAC operations with grid operations and markets. There is no capex, no space, and no equipment needed. MPC technology has been successfully tested at The Sears Tower, and at The University of Colorado.

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Film Intern Video – Charge the World


9. Fully Autonomous Electric Flying Vehicle
by Matternet, Inc.

Matternet has developed an extremely easy to use, fully autonomous electric flying vehicle, called Matternet ONE, that is able to transport 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) over 20 kilometers (12 miles) along secure routes that adapt to weather, terrain and airspace using their proprietary Cloud routing system. This technology can revolutionize access to medicine in remote areas of the world, and enable the most energy-efficient way for last-mile and on-demand delivery of medical and e-commerce goods in our cities and megacities.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Santa’s Day Off


10.  Airflow™ Panels
Energy Saving Gills for Buildings
by Architectural Applications

Buildings consume more than 40% of the world’s energy, much of it to operate ventilation and air conditioning systems. AirFlow™ Panels present a dramatically improved solution based on principles found in nature, and are able to cool a room with 25-50% less energy. The system emulates the architecture and function of fish gills, exchanging heat and moisture across permeable membranes between incoming and exhaust air streams just as gills transfer oxygen and CO2 between water and the bloodstream. By symbiotically combining ventilation and enclosure functions in a single component, the AirFlow™ Panel improves the performance of each.

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Film Intern Video – A Breath of Fresh Air



1. Project Sense (Denmark)

Project Sense introduces a cost efficient and reliable system for monitoring emissions from ships during cruise using low-cost drones equipped with environmental sensors to sample plumes. In combination with AIS data and advanced data analysis the system can detect non-compliant behavior and report back in real-time, enabling effective enforcement of the emission regulations. Project Sense is very innovative in both its approach to air sampling overall and the use of drones as a way of monitoring ships during cruise.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Sergei the Salty Sea Dog

2. Waste to Plastics (The Netherlands)

A team from Delft University of Technology has developed a technology to provide plastics recyclers with a separation process for packaging waste. W2Plastics technology is based on a newly developed Magnetic Density Separation (MDS) technology which recovers high-purity plastics from complex wastes at low cost. The most important feature of this new concept is its ability to accurately separate many different materials in a single process step, using an environmentally friendly and cheap process fluid. Turning plastics wastes into high quality secondary raw material resource.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Watch How Chaos Turns Into Order

3. ATA(tm) Rapid Mine Water Reclamation (USA)

Soane Mining has developed a specialized, polymer-based technology capable of eliminating tailings impoundments by rapidly consolidating tailings streams into high strength, reclamation quality solids, while also recovering clarified water for immediate recycle. No complex mechanical separation or thickening is required to recover or dewater the solids. Two output streams emerge from the ATA process: a clean water stream that can be reused on- site significantly decreasing the need for fresh water intake, and a dewatered solid that possesses sufficient mechanical integrity for landfill, construction, and/or reclamation. The technology can also be adapted to the clarification of existing impoundment areas, mitigating a major environmental liability.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – How to Properly Break Up Chemicals


4. Deep Green (Sweden) (WWL Orcelle Award Winner 2014)

Minesto has a unique solution in the emerging marine energy industry since its technology is the only one known to operate economically in low current, of only 1.2-2.5m/s, unlocking hitherto inaccessible renewable energy resources. Deep Green resembles an underwater kite, comprised of a wing and a turbine, which is secured to the seabed with a tether and moves with high speed in an 8-shaped path in the tidal or ocean current, reaching a speed 10 times higher than the ocean current speed.

Due to the ability to operate in lower velocities Deep Green complements other technologies rather than compete with them.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – What Happens When the Lights Go Out?

5. Desalination at the Speed of Light (USA) (Gulfstream Navigator Award Winner 2014)

The Okeanos WaterChipTM is a solid- state, Massively Paralleled Desalination (MPD) platform that uses a newly characterized, patent-pending microscale process called Electrochemically Mediated Desalination (EMD) to desalinate with radical energy-efficiency. It is completely membrane free, and the first technology of its kind ever developed. The platform desalinates a millionths of a liter at a time – that is, they “Microdesalinate” – and they do this using tiny microstructures, which are then massively paralleled to produce useful water flows. EMD is ultra-efficient because its “engine” is limited by electron rather than ion-transfer kinetics, as is the case with all other desalination technologies.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Are You Feeling Salty?

6. Ozone: Shield, Preserve, Protect (UK)

Anacail has a unique patented technology for the easy and safe generation of active oxygen (ozone) inside sealed containers. Ozone is a recognized powerful germicide. No external ozone supply is needed; this cold plasma technology harnesses the air inside the container to make ozone directly. This allows for sterilization or decontamination of the contents of a pre-sealed container without the risks associated with handling ozone in open atmosphere, without damaging the integrity of the package and does not subject the package contents to any significant electric fields. This system reduces the contamination of foodstuffs with pathogens such as yeast, mold and bacteria (Campylobacter and E.coli.)

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Science or Magic?


7. The Ocean Cleanup (The Netherlands)

Ocean Cleanup solution is an array of floating barriers and platforms, moored to the seabed, where buoyant plastic particles can be caught, while neutrally buoyant marine organisms remain underneath the boom in the flow of water. A floating barrier depth of 2-3 m is used to capture most of the total plastic pollution mass. The plastic particles are caught in front of the boom, by rising from the main ocean flow into the almost stationary water in front of the booms, these accumulate and slowly progressing along the boom towards the platform, new particles are continuously added to this stream. Streams of particles from both sides of the array meet in front of the platform and the increased concentration allows for efficient collection.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Mrs. Robinson and the Pool Boy

8. Hydrogen Assisted Combustion Saves Fuel/Reduces Emissions (USA)

The HydroPlantTM is a bolt-on fuel reformer that splits water and allows H2 and O2 gas to safely enter the air intake of any diesel engine or generator, thus improving combustion efficiency. HydroPlantTM enables a 10-25% improvement in fuel efficiency, as well as a 10-50% drop in GHG emissions.

The HydroPlantTM solution uses a polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysis unit to split distilled water into hydrogen and oxygen, which are fed into the air intake of a diesel or gasoline engine. This technology eliminates the need for high-pressure hydrogen storage or hazardous chemicals while producing a stable, inexpensive alternative fuel source.

Presentation Video

Film Intern Video – Amazing Timelapse to Demonstrate Clean Fuel

9. Hydrogen Economy Today (Canada)

Genoil’s process economically removes sulfur from low value fuel oil. Genoil’s hydroconversion upgrading technology removes impurities from crude oil & refinery residues. The Genoil GHU reduces the carbon ratio in crude by adding hydrogen, thus Genoil’s process is a carbon reduction technology. This technology and process can upgrade all the world’s heavy oil reserves. This is a “zero waste” technology and process which burns the residue from our GHU in an Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Unit creating a self sufficient unit (unique because it was initially designed to be independent of a refinery but then was adapted for the refinery as well.) The same thing that applies to crude oil applies to bunker fuel.

Issuu Slideshow

Film Intern Video – Oil is not the Answer

10. Recycles All Plastic from Land & Ocean (Kenya)

ECOPOST, located in Kenya, manufactures eco-friendly plastic lumber from plastic waste and sawdust. Integrating a commitment to environmental excellence with a business wide approach to sustainability. Products are designed especially for impoverished areas in Africa. Once manufactured the profiles/boards can be put together to build whatever size house necessary for a family or a communal area. EcoPost profiles and boards are easy to work with just like timber, and can be assembled into houses by joining them together with nails or bolts. Materials found on site like straw and cardboard can be added into the spaces between EcoPost boards for more insulation against very strong wind and to provide thermal and sound insulation.

Film Intern Video – Interview With a Vampire Working in a Woodshop

2013 Finalist Solution Summaries


1. Autonomous Underwater Chemical Space Surveyor by Spyglass Technologies, Inc.

System capable of real time and extensive detection of the aquatic chemical space- an area currently limited in information. The importance of understanding the chemical space in ocean ecosystems has rapidly increased due to recent spill events in the environment and increased natural resource exploration and production activities.

Autonomous Underwater Chemical Space Surveyor is a high throughput underwater mass spec based on membrane inlet mass spectrometry in conjunction with an Autonomous Sampler system to yield a linked adaptive sensing and sampling system. Many environmental analyses do not need real time reporting but only need real time sample capture. Other chemicals in the water such as oil spill hydrocarbons and dispersants are of more interest for real time detection. Our system joins our underwater membrane inlet MS as a front end to our adaptive automation sampling platform. The in situ mass spec allows for real time measurement of membrane compatible chemistries such as VOC’s and hydrocarbons, while the sampler purifies, enriches and accurately isolates other targeted molecular compounds in the field for subsequent lab-based mass spec analysis. Cooperative operations of these two systems leverages the in-situ mass spec for faster characterization in the field while the sampler function permits greater chemical space information by using lab mass specs. The entire ocean chemical space then becomes available for characterization and understanding.



Film Intern Video – Detective Spyglass & The Mystery of the Poison Pipes

 2. Adsorbed Natural Gas for Marine Applications by Luon Energy

At Luon Energy, we have developed a nanotechnology adsorbent that acts like a sponge, soaking up natural gas at low enough pressure to be filled from a conventional natural gas line using a modest compressor that costs 5-10 times cheaper than CNG counterpart. We have developed an on-board storage tank for the fuel, and a simple engine modification, both applicable for commercial vessels as well. We have already demonstrated this concept for automotive application with a converted bi-fuel Toyota Corolla that has successfully operated on the road for a year.

Our project will demonstrate a natural gas filled recreational boat (e.g. a fishing-sized vessel) with a target range of 200 miles or greater between refills. We will offer two concepts- an onboard storage tank that adds about 10% of the dry weight of the vessel; and a second concept employing a floating tender with virtually unlimited storage capacity and range. We will use the funds from this project to develop both concepts through the demonstration stage.



Film Intern Video – The Luon 500 | Mini Cooper Hotwheels Race


 3.  Triton – A View From Above by Starcom GPS Systems

The tracking and monitoring of freight containers has been identified as a key security and management issue for international trading companies and the freight forwarding industry. In particular, the incidence of theft or loss of containers carrying high value items can significantly increase the cost and limited the availability of cargo insurance. Furthermore, tampering with a container can have a material impact on the standard of delivery of the goods particularly if they need to be refrigerated or are otherwise perishable. At the same time, there is a growing demand for systems which can accurately and in real-time track the location of containers as they pass through numerous ports and stations en route to their final destination. While the market is at an early stage of development, it is expected that demand for tracking systems in container shipping will grow quickly – approximately 77k systems were actively deployed at the end of 2011, however this is expected to reach 1 million by 2016.

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4. WITT Energy  Harvesting Transmission Collecting Power from All Sea Motion by WITT Limited

Natural energy is all around us, and in abundance, from water, wind, human, animal or vehicular motion. The energy collecting device called Whatever Input to Torsion Transfer or WITT offers a new patent granted solution to collect energy from all natural occurring motional energy, and turning it into useable power. The WITT power unit will significantly contribute to global policies of increased energy production and renewable targets at an affordable price in a wide spectrum of applications. The WITT technology supports rural development by allowing the generation of off-grid electricity at the point of use and has potential in a wide range of applications that can charge small personal appliances to large scale marine renewable energy.



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5. Download the Ocean by Tidetech

Tidetech applies the science of oceanography to create data products designed to save fuel, reduce emissions and improve efficiency for the shipping industry. Our system utilizes hydrodynamic models, satellite and ocean observations to produce data products which include tidal streams, ocean currents, sea surface temperature and wave forecasts. The information is then converted, formatted and made available to ship navigation and voyage optimization systems. Data is also available for shore-side vessel tracking and performance monitoring applications. Our solution focuses on the effect of tides and currents on voyage optimization, an extremely important factor in managing vessel speed on coastal routes, where significant savings can be made by reducing fuel consumption and improving accuracy of arrival times in regions of strong tides.



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6. Advanced Data Entry System for Mobile Computing Devices by Twitch Technologies

Twitch Technologies has solved the problem of performing data-entry on small devices such as mobile computers and smart phones. Twitch’s methodology, however, is suitable for a vast number of other applications. In aviation, for instance, Twitch enabled control yokes will allow the pilot to efficiently “type in” navigation and communication change data into the flight computer without having to take his eyes off the sky.



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7. Greenficient Flywheel Energy Storage System by Kinetech Power Company

Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar offer a solution to the rapid depletion of renewable energy sources, however what is needed is an efficient energy storage system. Flywheel energy storage systems are a practical solution for energy storage, but current designs are costly, complex and require regular maintenance and have other issues as well. Kinetech Power Company (KPC) offers “Greenficient” energy storage solutions utilizing patented disruptive flywheel energy storage systems that improve storage systems by eliminating the need for rare-earth (China-sourced) magnetics, increasing the turn-around efficiency, increasing the maintenance-free life and improving the energy density. In general, the KPC flywheel energy storage system (FESS) is an ideal replacement for leading high-capacity energy storage systems (e.g., Lithium-Ion, Li Air, Hydrogen) particularly for remote applications.



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8. Terra Verdant by University of Akron Research Foundation

Our solution offers a novel biomass conversion of human and agricultural wastes by connecting a greenhouse to renewable energy sources. This scalable waste to energy to nutrients for crop growth supplies greenhouses with power (thermal and electric), organic plant nutrients and CO2 to accelerate grow rate and yield. The novelty is a design that can be built and operated in any climate on the globe at a scale appropriate to a location’s need. This venture applies advanced technologies from new materials, engineered systems, plant sciences, to automated production controls and is focused on addressing acute market needs and global environmental challenges by incorporating fundamental business practices. Controlled environment agriculture is the aggregation of technologies bringing forth advanced greenhouse food crop production.



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9.  The Ecological Way of Underwater Hull Cleaning by ECOsubsea AS

ECOsubsea developed technology that allows ship owners to clean their vessels while in port and while in loading operations. This technology ensures that vessels do not lose any time in operations and thus saves even more time and fuel. The ECOstations improve the local marine environment of the port, lessening the risk for AIS and the risk for heavy metal emissions. ECOstations are designed to meet future regulations and future environmental demands to help the shipping industry implement a greener approach and cheaper operation. ECOsubsea hull-cleaning technology meets the challenges of major shipping lines that include: high collection of debris; spreading of non-native organisms; damage to vessel coating during cleaning; heavy metal emissions and safer operation by greatly reducing the need for divers.



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10.  Naked Oats for a Thirsty and Hungry World by Montana Gluten-Free Processors

Rice and wheat are the dominant foods in a large proportion of the world. I. World Nutrition

1. Protein. The lack of protein in poor populations deprives children of any hope of reaching their potential mental and physical performance. Entire economies are based on rice production and consumption, yet rice is very low in protein, low in six essential amino acids, and low in several vitamins. Rice, wheat and oats contain a high content of carbohydrates (i.e. calories). However, rice has a very low content of protein (~8%) and does not provide adequate protein for optimum growth and development. The lack of protein in rice is negated by consumption of protein rich foods such as meat and fish, which may or may not be available in developing populations. Wheat (whole-grain flour) has a higher content of protein than rice (~12-18%).

2. Antinutritives. Wheat contains a protein called gluten. Gluten is responsible for many of the desirable baking qualities of wheat such as dough elasticity. However, an increasing number of individuals have adverse reactions to gluten ranging from severe digestive symptoms (diarrhea, weight loss and Celiac disease) to dermatitis, headaches and fatigue. Gluten sensitivity may be an important factor in ADHD in both children and adults. Rice is not a source of gluten.

II. Sustainability. Rice is a thirsty crop. Irrigation is the largest user of water in the world (3). Rice irrigation is the largest user of water in Asia, accounting for over 50% of irrigation (1). Rice irrigation is most efficient in developed nations such as Australia, Japan, and US and least efficient in sustenance agriculture. As the availability of fresh water decreases and the world population increases, we need to promote production of more sustainable crops that require much less water!

The Solution: Nude oats are a desirable alternative to rice or wheat. PrOatina nude oats contain ~20% protein which eclipses the protein content of both rice and wheat. Increased protein would help alleviate malnutrition and improve growth and development in the world’s poorest populations. Oats do not contain gluten and are a safe alternative for gluten sensitive individuals. Finally, oat production is sustainable in a drier world. Oats are a dryland crop and require significantly less input (water and pesticides) than rice. Oats yields respond to adequate spring and summer moisture, but they do not require flooding or excess irrigation.



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