GE announced five Innovation Award winners for their Powering the Grid competition on November 16.
Last month we told you about Scott Brusaw and his Solar Roadways concept. This week GE announced the five selected winners for the Ecomagination Innovation Award focusing on solutions that will help to revolutionize the power grid. Each winner receives $100,000 to further develop their technology.
Submissions were accepted from students, entrepreneurs and businesses from across the globe. The focus of the competition was to design solutions for building the next-generation power grid. In return, GE created a dozen new partnerships that will continue the growth and commercialization of these new technologies.
Three main categories were available for entrants:
And the winners are...
Capstone Metering LLC from Carrollton, TX
Capstone Metering applies remote communications technology to the century-old water meter. The company’s intelliH2O is self-powered and delivers real-time water system management, which helps conserve water and eliminates the need for manual meter-readings.
ElectricRoute from Salem and Hollis, NH
Recognizing the substation's unique location in the electric grid, ElectricRoute created a communications gateway point for transmission and distribution systems. Its cyber-secure, communications network infrastructure eliminates duplicate sensors and thousands of copper lines running inside the substation.
GridON from Givatayim, Israel
GridON created a fault-current-limiter to protect the electric grid from disruptions and power outages, increasing the grid’s reliability and enabling load growth and generation expansion from alternative energy sources. This technology was developed in collaboration with Bar-Ilan University and Ricor Ltd and was exclusively licensed to GridON by the University’s transfer company (BIRAD).
IceCode from West Lenbanon, NH
Seeking to break one of nature’s strongest bonds, IceCode’s technology removes ice by using high-power pulses to apply heat from the inside out. Employing this technology for wind turbines substantially reduces the amount of energy used for de-icing and eliminates downtime for ice removal and inspection. Developed in collaboration with Dartmouth College.
WinFlex from Kirat, Israel
WinFlex produces rotors for wind turbines from light, flexible and inexpensive cloth sheets made out of composite materials. This flexible rotor design reduces installation costs by fifty percent and shortens the return on investment to three-four years, without subsidies.