2017 Powerup! History

2017 Final Gala Highlights

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2017 in numbers

2017 Winners

1.HeatVentors – – Hungary – first prize: 20 000 EUR

HeatVentors offers an innovative thermal energy storage which can save 90% space and 20-40% energy with 0,5-2 years return on investment. The innovation is a thermal energy storage with phase change materials. The technology has a variety of applications for thermal energy storage: from deep freezing technologies to comfort cooling and heating, renewable energy sources, industrial technologies and concentrated solar thermal power plants.

2. FLASC – Malta – second prize: 10 000 EUR

FLASC is an energy storage device that integrates into a floating offshore platform. The platform is based on well-proven concepts and can be adapted into a Tension Leg Leg (TLP) or Spar-type configuration. These are at the forefront of becoming the standard floating wind turbine support structures and are already used extensively in the Oil & Gas Industry. Energy is stored using a hydro-pneumatic liquid piston concept, which essentially means that we pump water in order to compress a fixed volume of air. This system, called a Floating Liquid-piston Accumulator using Seawater under Compression (FLASC), is intended for large-scale offshore systems requiring a stable floating platform and a means to store energy. It can bridge the gap between intermittent renewable energy production and a fluctuating user demand.

3. Via Alta – Czechia – third prize: 3 000 EUR.

VIA ALTA is a technology for the production of biofuel from biodegradable waste. The Czech Republic produces about 1 million tons of biodegradable waste every year. Approximately 60% s treated in biogas stations and composting facilities while the rest is landfilled. The percentage of the recovery of waste is increasing, but about 0.5 million tons of waste in composting facilities is currently unexploited. VIA ALTA’s technology offers an alternative way of turning biowaste into biofuel. It is based on aerobic fermentation and biodrying using low-potential fermentation heat. In two consequent reactors the biowaste is converted into biofuel using the biological processes of fermentation and the sophisticated utilization of low-potential waste heat pro-fermentation processes.