NEREC 2010

Innovativ lysteknologi og gassanlegg med nullutslipp fikk årets NEREC Innovation Award

Pressemelding   •   okt 04, 2010 10:00 CEST

Den svenske grunderbedriften EcoSpark AB er blitt tildelt NEREC Innovation Award 2010 for sin patenterte og innovative løsning med LED-chip til bruk i lysarmaturer.

Tildelingen fant sted onsdag 29. september under åpningen av andre dag av North European Renewable-konferansen (NEREC) i regi av Norges Varemesse i Lillestrøm.

EcoSpark fikk innovasjonsprisen på 150 000 kroner og dekning av kostnadene for å delta på den sjette årlige konferansen for ren energi (6th.  Annual Conference on Clean Energy) i Boston i november. Her vil de få anledning til å presentere seg for investorer, potensielle kunder og industrirepresentanter.

EcoSpark overbeviste prisjuryen med sin innovative lysteknologi basert på dyrking av ZnO nanowires til bruk i lysarmaturer. Den nye LED-teknikken er utviklet for å erstatte konvensjonelle LED-chips.

–Det nye LED systemet bruker mindre energi og har lavere produksjonskostnader enn dagens tradisjonelle LED-system, sier daglig leder Hans Lindberg i EcoSpark AB.

Det norske selskapet ZEG Power, som er et utspring fra Institutt for Energiteknikk, ble plukket ut som en god nummer to av juryen. De får også dekket utgiftene og muligheten til å presentere seg under energikonferansen i Boston senere i år.

ZEG Power jobber med et gasskraftkonsept med svært høy energieffektivitet og CO2-fangst. – ZEG-teknologien muliggjør konvertering av fossilt brensel til hydrogen og elektrisitet med svært høy virkningsgrad, og til lave kostnader, sier Bjørg Andresen, forskningsdirektør ved ZEG-Power.

I sin begrunnelse for pristildelingene la juryen vekt på at begge selskapene har en sterk profil når det gjelder energieffektivisering og sin evne til å utvikle fornybare energiløsninger.

I tillegg til EcoSpark og ZEG Power, var også oppstartsbedriftene Algae Systems, Biota Guard, GasPlas og Offshore Kinetics nominert til prisen.

 

NEREC Innovation Award er etablert av Norges Varemesse, OREEC og Statoil.

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Innovative light technology and zero emission gas technology win NEREC Innovation Award 2010

To help new companies capitalize on clean energy and renewable, the Convention also included the NEREC Innovation Award, given to start up businesses leading the way in energy innovation. The prize also includes participation in a large technology and investor conference to be held in Boston later this year.

The winners
Swedish based start up company EcoSpark has been awarded the NEREC Innovation Award 2010 for their patented innovation of a LED chip for use in lighting fixtures.

The official award ceremony took place on Wednesday 29 September during the opening session of the second day two of the North European Renewable Energy Convention at Lillestrøm.

EcoSpark was awarded the innovation prize of NOK 150,000 and cover of costs to participate at the 6th Annual Conference on Clean Energy in Boston in November where they will have the opportunity to present themselves before an audience of investors, potential customers and industry experts.

EcoSpark was recognised by the Award Committee for their innovative light technology based on the ZnO nanowire LED chip for use in lighting fixtures as a direct substitute to conventional LED chips. The new LED system is using less energy, and has lower production costs than the traditional LEDs, Hans Lindberg, CEO of EcoSpark said.

Norwegian based ZEG Power was selected as number two, and will also get costs covered and the opportunity to present their innovative product and plans for commercialisation at the Boston conference in November.

ZEG Power is working on a gas power concept with very high energy efficiency and CO2 capture. - The ZEG-technology (Zero Emission Gas) enables the conversion of fossil fuels to hydrogen and electricity, Ms. Bjørg Andresen, Research Director of ZEG Power explained.

In its justification, the Award Committee emphasised the two company's renewable energy and energy efficient profile and the ambitious plans for commercialisation of their clean energy technologies.



Background NEREC Innovation Award
Renewable energy represents emerging and opportunity markets characterized by a long list of options for the next energy era.
 
As large numbers of companies are established – not all of them get the deserved attention. Due to the need for supervision and contacts with investors, relevant expertise and potential customers, NEREC offered a separate session – The Green Pitch - at which a handful of new technology companies presented their products to a jury for evaluation. The NEREC Innovation Award includes participation in a large technology and investor conference to be held in Boston later this year.

The nominated  companies for the 2010 NEREC Innovation Award were:

- Biota Guard
- Offshore Kinetics
- Algae Systems
- GasPlas
- ZEG Power
- EcoSpark AB

The Award Ceremony will took place as part of the plenary session on day 2 (29 September) and William Rosenberg, the UMass President´s Office handed over the award to the winners.

The NEREC2010 Innovation Award Jury:
-   William S. Rosenberg, PhD and Director, Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC), USA
-  Harald Oderheim, Director Energy Future Invest
-  Harald Østerberg, Managing Director, NLI Innovation
-  Anne Strømmen Lyche, Vice President Wind Power, Statoil
-  Kjetil Storvik, CEO, OREEC
-  Ole Jakob Sørdalen, PhD Sector head, Energy and Environment, Innovation Norway
-  Elisabeth Schulze, Project Manager NEREC

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The 2009 Winner
Last year’s winner experienced a valuable upturn during the company’s stay in Boston. CEO Henning Arnøy of the Norwegian-based WindSea, which is developing an entirely new type of floating offshore wind turbines, says “We had promising dialogue with both research and development and industry experts in the United States – not to mention the local authorities from the State of Maine, who have big plans for wind development offshore.” An optimistic Arnøy adds that the company is well underway with building on these connections.