02 Feb 2011 09:02:50
Rushlight Awards 2010 winners
Eventure Media presented the Rushlight Awards 2010 at a sumptuous gala dinner last Thursday 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 second year running, the very successful Rushlight Clean Technologies Show which took place at Central Hall Westminster, just across the road.
The keynote speech at the dinner was given by Professor Sir John Beddington, the Government chief scientific adviser.
Professor Sir John Beddington said: "We face a whole raft of global environmental challenges in the 21st century, and we must use natural resources more wisely if we want to mitigate the effects of climate change. That's why it's important to celebrate those who are developing technologies to help us live in a more sustainable way. The Rushlight Awards showcase the fantastic environmental innovation taking place in the UK and Ireland, and I've been really impressed by the standard of entrants."
The overall winner was Diverse Energy, which has developed the Powercube, a low-cost power solution for mobile phone communication towers in remote third world locations, replacing diesel generators. An innovative ammonia cracker produces the hydrogen for the fuel cell with market leading efficiency and in a compact design, which only produces what is needed to deliver the required power at any given time.
This innovative and compact unit produces an overall 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, savings of 74% on energy bills, the elimination of noise and local particulate pollution, a 25% reduction in cost of ownership and a 2 year pay-back on investment.
The judges commented: "Diverse Energy received near unanimous support of the judges due to its high social and environmental impacts, its simple yet innovative design, its clever use of ammonia (a cheap commonly available chemical) as a fuel source and the fact that the company has a market-ready, commercial solution for a distinct environmental issue."
The group category winners included:
• VerdErg Renewable Energy which use Bernoulli's Venturi principles to convert large low head flows to higher head smaller flows to drive a conventional axial flow turbine which is the only underwater moving part in their marine energy technology.
• AFC Energy plc, for their advanced alkaline fuel cell which, through their innovative fuel cell and stack design, together with a novel laser-based process for mass manufacture, makes it suitable for the technology to be linked with underground coal gasification so that it can be deployed on an industrial scale for the first time.
• Oxford Catalysts Group, who use microchannel Fischer-Tropsch and steam methane reforming reactors with a highly active catalyst to produce a high quality synthetic crude or gas-to-liquid product that can be handled through the existing industry infrastructure.
• Biomatrix Water Technology LLP, for their Dynamic Media Active Island Reactor which is an engineered floating island and underwater ecosystem that supports complex biological treatment processes within an attractive feature in the aquatic landscape.
• IMC, who has developed the Compod standalone mobile building, designed to be a flexible solution to the treatment and processing of caterer's food waste at Imperial College into quality compost in a cost effective way.
• InterfaceFLOR, for their cellulose optimization resource efficient technology which has been developed to up-cycle cellulosic and ligno-cellulosic waste, without any chemical additives, to create Zelfo, a micro and nano-fibrillated fibre.
For the complete list of winners, download the PDF document.