2019 Hardware winners
1st place & Grand Prize Winner: DePoly
Every year over 2.5 million tons of PET plastic is discarded, 2 million tons (over 800 million USD) was exported, and over 8 million tons ended up in our oceans. Due to the current recycling technology, only 7 % of recycled PET bottles are remade into new bottles. If we can close the loop of PET recycling, we can save 2000 gallons of gasoline per ton of plastic, and reduce the energy required to produce new plastic by 66 %. At Deploy, we have developed a novel solution allowing the chemical recycling of PET plastic back to its two main components.
2nd place: EH Group
EH Group (EHG) is focused on becoming a leading global supplier of fuel cell (FC) stacks and systems for a cleaner environment. Our core innovative technology is based on two main approaches. Firstly, a uniquely simplified and re-designed FC stack at the micro level, making it significantly compact and efficient. In addition, the re-designed stack technology allows it to operate regardless of the effects of gravity. Secondly, an innovative manufacturing process with high precision machinery that dramatically reduces cost.
3rd place: Bloom biorenewables
Bloom has developed a ground-breaking solution for the production of sustainable and cost-competitive bio-based materials for the chemical industry. Bloom is the first company able to isolate and selectively break down “lignin”, a largely unexploited constituent of plants and the bio-based fraction that most resembles petroleum.