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06 Feb 2012 09:02:49

Onzo's smart energy kit wins the Rushlight Awards 2011/12



Eventure Media presented the 5th Rushlight Awards 2011 at a sumptuous Gala Dinner last night at the Assembly Hall at Church House Westminster, London. Attended by companies and organizations that are leading the way in clean technology, investors, city advisers, specialist and general media, trade associations and government departments, the dinner followed, for the third year, the very successful Rushlight Clean Technologies Show which took place at Central Hall Westminster, just across the road.

The key note speech at the dinner was given by Baroness Worthington, the Labour peer, climate campaigner and patron of the Weinberg Foundation. Baroness Worthington said: "I like to quote Alan Kay – the man credited with the invention of the personal computer – he said 'the best way to predict the future is to invent it'. And that is why everyone in this room is here tonight – you are all involved in inventing the future. And your future is one where your new sprockets and valves are making a real impact on reducing our dependency on fossil fuels and reducing greenhouse gases."

The overall winner was Onzo Ltd who have developed a suite of innovative appliance detection algorithms which disaggregate household electricity consumption from a single source of electricity data into individual appliance consumption. The data source can be a clip-on sensor, such as the one in Onzo's Smart Energy Kit, or a smart meter.

The judges commented: "Onzo has developed an intuitive product that creates valuable energy savings for its growing user base. The simplicity and reach of Onzo’s offering led the judges to select the company as the 2011 Rushlight Award winner."

The group category winners were:

Artemis Intelligent Power for their ultra-efficient Artemis Digital Displacement® hydraulic transmission system which has been scaled up to replace the problematic gearbox and power electronics used in conventional wind turbine drivelines. It provides a compact and robust power transmission with variable speed, grid fault resilience, low weight, modular design and much higher efficiencies than previously achieved with hydrostatic transmissions.

Nexeon Ltd have effectively addressed the life cycle issues associated with silicon used for anode coatings, thereby enabling silicon's strong affinity for lithium to be exploited in lithium ion batteries. This enables batteries to have greater power storage and to be smaller and lighter, thereby, inter alia, improving the performance of electric vehicles significantly.

Highview Power Storage who have developed and deployed the world's first cryogenic energy storage system using a novel system design and development of 'asymmetric' cold recycle and storage. The system can be scaled to 100MWs/GWhs of storage and it can harness low grade waste heat (sub 100°C) from industrial processes converting it to additional electricity. All the components are available from mature supply chains.

Ocean Resource Ltd for their carbon capture and storage and oil recovery enhancement solution which combines an autonomous high stability buoyant structure moored to an integrated gravity base and fluid riser, seabed injection wells, and a 45,000 tonne capacity liquid CO2 storage facility with an insulated loading system to enable liquid CO2 to be injected into a subsea reservoir to sequester the CO2 and/or to facilitate enhanced oil recovery or methane release for energy production.

Nextek Ltd who have developed and deployed the first closed loop process for food-grade post-consumer recycled propylene packaging. The technology uses a novel process to decontaminate the polypropylene involving a high temperature melt and a solid low temperature decontamination so that food-grade standards can be achieved, thereby enabling virgin polypropylene to be displaced.

Advanced Plasma Power who have developed a unique two-stage gasification technology, Gasplasma, which enables the clean, efficient and sustainable conversion of waste-to-energy. The two well-proven technologies convert non-recyclable waste into a clean hydrogen-rich syngas and an inert vitrified product which can be used as a building material. This process is being used on the world’s first enhanced landfill mining project in the world.

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