Today, we are pleased to announce that we have selected 10 commercial partners and five Innovation Award winners. We selected companies that demonstrated amazing promise, impressive creativity and real commercial potential. These companies represent the vanguard of clean technology.
The partner technologies include:
- Ember’s wireless communications technology connecting devices, homes and the grid
- GMZ Energy’s heat-to-electricity converter to capture solar energy
- Hara’s software for reducing energy, water, waste, and carbon
- Nuventix’ LED cooling system
- OnRamp’s wireless communications system
- Project Frog’s pre-fabricated green buildings
- SunRun’s residential solar services
- Viridity’s “virtual power plants” that help integrate renewable power
- VPhase’s household energy control device
- WiTricity’s wireless charging solution for EVs and consumer electronics
The winners include:
- E.quinox’s renewable energy for developing countries
- PlotWatt’s smart meter analysis
- Pythagoras’ solar windows
- Suntulit’s climate control systems
- Xergy’s noiseless, green refrigeration systems
Each winner will receive $100,000 to further develop their promising technology.
To commemorate the Challenge close and to celebrate our winners, we are bringing together some of today’s brightest minds to host an 8-hour, online dialogue called ‘ask anything,’ which was inspired by the creative thinking and innovative spirit we saw in our Challenge community.
And looking ahead, the Challenge will now be an established platform at GE: a new innovation group will commit up to $20 million for scaling and commercialization with innovators uncovered through the Challenge. In addition, GE and Carbon Trust will introduce a $5 million seed funding initiative in the U.K. and GE will also launch a region-specific ecomagination Challenge in China soon.
Congratulations to our winners and partners and thank you to every member of our community for your energy, drive and imagination.
Beth Comstock, SVP & CMO, GE and Tore Land, Director, ecomagination Challenge