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Published on January 14th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

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2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize (Cleantech Oscars) Finalists — Vote Now!

January 14th, 2018 by  


The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize awards ceremony is tomorrow, January 15. I’m here in Abu Dhabi for the awards since I was on the Review Committee and will be moderating a panel discussion between some of this year’s and previous years’ winners later in the week. I will also be covering the awards ceremony, of course, covering the World Future Energy Summit, and presenting and moderating panels at The Mobility Conference.

As we’ve done in previous years, I thought it would be fun to run a poll among our readers about who you think will win Zayed Future Energy Prize awards in this 10th edition of the prize. You can vote here for who you think will win in the SME and Nonprofit categories. This year, the finalists in the Large Corporation category weren’t announced, and the finalists in the Lifetime Achievement Award category are never announced — only the winners. I can say that there were tremendous, highly deserving finalists in each of those categories, but we unfortunately can’t share who they were. Nonetheless, if you want to take some wild guesses on who will win in the Large Corporation and Lifetime Achievement Award categories, go ahead and do so down in the comments!

When the ZFEP Review Committee that I’m a part of agreed on 10 remaining candidates in each category (SME, Nonprofit, Large Corporation, and Lifetime Achievement Award), I can say that any one of those remaining companies, nonprofits, and individuals deserved to win. I’m sure choosing the eventual winners got even harder after the Selection Committee narrowed those 40 down to even further for the esteemed ZFEP Jury to choose the winners from. So, I’m quite eager to see who actually ended up winning.

Leaders from the Zayed Future Energy Prize team also recently conducted the largest ever interactive sustainability lesson, a Guinness World Record. A total of 282 students participated. “The lesson was presented by Illac Angelo Diaz, executive director of Liter of Light, the non-profit organisation winner of the Zayed Future Energy Prize in 2015,” The National writes. Following the lecture, 2,400 solar lanterns from that effort (as well as previous construction) were used to create an illuminated face of UAE Founding Father Sheikh Zayed. Here’s a video on that as well for some extra fun:

We paid a special tribute to HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan with a unique installation in his image using 2,400 solar lanterns with @illacdiaz and @literoflight , following which, all lanterns will be given to communities in need. تكريماً لإرث المغفور له الشيخ زايد بن سلطان آل نهيان، طيب الله ثراه، قمنا بتشكيل لوحة فريدة تحمل صورته باستخدام 2400 مصباح عامل بالطاقة الشمسية بإشراف إيلاك دياز، المدير التنفيذي للمنظمة غير الربحية "ليتر أوف لايت". وسوف يتم التبرع بهذه المصابيح للمجتمعات المحتاجة. #LightUpTheFuture #ZFEP2018 #UAE #الإمارات #جائزة_زايد_لطاقة_المستقبل_2018

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“The last decade has seen the lives of millions of people positively impacted by the prize’s many winners, of whom Liter of Light is truly a shining example,” said Dr Nawal Al Hosany, director of the Zayed Future Energy Programme.

“Today’s gathering highlights the critical importance of youth in driving forward the renewable energy and sustainability conversation, and the power they have as change agents, now and for the future.”

That combined focus on the youth and sustainability has been Dr Nawal Al Hosany’s core work for many years. It’s been an honor to get to know her and the work she has inspired and gratefully rewarded. For more on all of this, check out previous articles and videos I’ve published on the topic:

What Is Sustainability? Zayed Future Energy Prize’s Growing Alumni Community, Women In STEM… (Interview With Dr Nawal Al-Hosany)

My 1st Interview With Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director Of Sustainability at Masdar

These High School Students Are An Inspiration To The World (7 Videos)

2018 ZFEP High School Finalists & 2017 ZFEP High School Winners

The UAE Has Become A Cleantech Hub, Because Leadership

82 Cleantech Leaders Down To 40 — Inspiration Off The Charts

All of our ZFEP coverage

If you haven’t yet voted on who you think will win 2018 ZFEP awards, here’s the poll again and here are summaries of the finalists:

SME

Sunna Design conceives, manufactures and retails smart solar street lighting particularly adapted to emerging-market environments. Its lamps use a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery chemistry that is resilient to low and high temperatures and has a 10-year lifetime, making it well-suited to remote places with extreme climates. The company has installed about 10,000 lamps in 40 countries working with local partners. Its products are widespread across Africa, parts of the Middle East and India.

Sunna Design conceives, manufactures and retails smart solar street lighting particularly adapted to emerging-market environments. Its lamps use a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery chemistry that is resilient to low and high temperatures and has a 10-year lifetime, making it well-suited to remote places with extreme climates. The company has installed about 10,000 lamps in 40 countries working with local partners. Its products are widespread across Africa, parts of the Middle East and India.

It produces a wide variety of models, including a lamp that can provide electricity to 4 local households for LED lighting and phone charging. In this way the solar street light both illuminates a public area and brings electricity to those without. The system becomes a pay-as-you-go NanoGrid, where households can prepay for the energy they use via mobile money applications.

Sunna Design’s solar street lights also have integrated energy management technology, which optimizes the energy consumption and controls the integrated NiMH battery efficiently so that the solar power lasts throughout the night without interruption. Its smart solar lamps can also collect data about the surrounding environment and transmit information about the performance of the lamp back to a central control platform.

Sunna Design has also created a “factory of the future” in Bordeaux, France, that it says can produce 100,000 solar street lights a year. The factory is built on a mobile, modular concept and was piloted in early 2017 in Barnako, Mali in partnership with Solektra and Akon Lighting Africa. Partnerships are in place to roll out the factory concept in Brazil, Algeria and the U.A.E. Rolling out factories on a wider scale and manufacturing locally would enable Sunna Design to help developing economies by providing employment and improving the quality of life in off-grid environments with its lighting.

BBOXX offers electrification services for remote, off-grid customers in emerging markets. The candidate designs, manufactures, distributes, retails, finances and services solar energy systems. It has software solutions for grid extensions, micro-grids and large solar projects. The BBOXX Hub is a remotely-monitored control device that can support payment and conduct proactive maintenance.

BBOXX offers electrification services for remote, off-grid customers in emerging markets. The candidate designs, manufactures, distributes, retails, finances and services solar energy systems. It has software solutions for grid extensions, micro-grids and large solar projects. The BBOXX Hub is a remotely-monitored control device that can support payment and conduct proactive maintenance.

The BBOXX Home System combines solar panels and batteries with lighting and charging points, with entertainment products such as radios and TVs offered in addition. Covering the two business units, BBOXX Pulse is a business management software, which makes it possible to track and analyze all activities, gather data, conduct mobile payments, manage the product warehouse and provides an e-learning academy for workforce training. BBOXX serves 150,000 households with solar home systems globally and estimates that it adds an additional 6,000 every month. It controls an estimated total capacity of 40MW of solar panels across 35 countries.

1366 Technologies has developed a new process for making highly efficient silicon wafers, which typically account for almost 40% of the cost of a solar module. The process cuts the cost of wafer manufacturing by more than 50% and reduces the energy required by more than 60% when compared to traditional silicon ingot sawing techniques that are now used in about 90% of wafer production.

1366 Technologies has developed a new process for making highly efficient silicon wafers, which typically account for almost 40% of the cost of a solar module. The process cuts the cost of wafer manufacturing by more than 50% and reduces the energy required by more than 60% when compared to traditional silicon ingot sawing techniques that are now used in about 90% of wafer production. The wafers are very similar to traditional wafer cells and can be used in more than 80% of solar manufacturing facilities worldwide without the need to install new equipment. In the past year, 1366 has made significant improvements to its cell efficiency and has delivered on its first commercial installation – a 500 kW installation in Japan.

The company takes the protection of its intellectual property seriously. It has more than 60 issued and pending patent applications, including one for “Method and Apparatus of Making Thin Semiconductor Sheets from Molten Material.”

Traditional wafer manufacturing involves melting down silicon into large blocks of crystalline silicon (ingots), which are then cut into bricks,  polished and sliced into wafers. The slicing is particularly wasteful, with much of the raw material ground into dust. As much as half the silicon is wasted in addition to kilometres of diamond-edged cutting wire per block. The stages of this process are shown in Figure 1 below.

In contrast, 1366’s “Direct Wafer” process melts the top layer of silicon, then uses laser sensors to cool the layer, creating a hardened top piece that is then removed and cut to size to form the final wafer. Leftover trimmings are recycled back into the melting process. This process uses less energy and wastes less silicon, according to the company. BNEF has drawn up the diagram in Figure 2 based on what can be understood to be the company’s manufacturing process, as found in its 2014 patent. The process has otherwise not been disclosed.

The molten polysilicon is held to the substrate by vacuum suction during less than 10 seconds of contact. Once the solidification reaches the desired thickness, the substrate is moved away from the melt, with the grown wafer attached. Gas pressure may then be applied to separate the wafer from the substrate, creating the final solar wafer in less than 10 seconds. (This process is deduced from the 1366 patent and hasn’t been confirmed by the company).

Nonprofits

Selco Foundation focuses on poverty alleviation by introducing social, financial and technical innovations into a community. They provide financial products which are flexible around different earning profiles to increase market access to renewable energy. The NPO also provides technologies and implementing processes that improve efficiency and availability of energy. Finally, they deliver educational programs to the community.

Selco Foundation focuses on poverty alleviation by introducing social, financial and technical innovations into a community. They provide financial products which are flexible around different earning profiles to increase market access to renewable energy. The NPO also provides technologies and implementing processes that improve efficiency and availability of energy. Finally, they deliver educational programs to the community.

Selco Foundation is active in rural and urban slum districts across 10 states in India and also in four countries in Africa. It has implemented over a hundred projects based on their Integrated Energy Center or IEC model which has directly impacted over 100,000 people, by its own estimate. The centers target low-income households and demonstrate the principles of sustainability combining the three pillars that the organization is based on – financial, technical, and social innovations.

The Foundation was created by Selco India in 2010. Selco India is a for-profit organization that provides energy access to underserved households and businesses. Selco Foundation’s CEO, Harish Hande, is also the co-founder and managing director of Selco India.

Solar Sister is a not-for-profit organization that combines clean energy access and women’s enterprise. It creates sustainable businesses by investing in a network of women entrepreneurs who sell and deliver clean energy to their communities in rural Africa.

Solar Sister is a not-for-profit organization that combines clean energy access and women’s enterprise. It creates sustainable businesses by investing in a network of women entrepreneurs who sell and deliver clean energy to their communities in rural Africa.

The entrepreneurs are recruited through Solar Sister’s relationships with local leaders and recommendations from partners who have penetrated the remote communities through the projects delivered. A Business Development Associate (BDA) is allocated to provide business advice, mentoring and support to each entrepreneur and guide them through the growth of their business. The Solar Sister entrepreneurs purchase their stock from their BDA who helps them understand the unique needs of their market. A mark-up is added to the final price which the entrepreneurs keep as their earnings.

Solar Sister has recruited roughly 2,500 women entrepreneurs in Uganda, Nigeria and Tanzania who in turn have delivered solar and clean cooking solutions to over 848,000 beneficiaries via the distribution of around 100,000 products, according to their application.

We Care Solar saves lives in childbirth by supplying solar power to remote health centers across Africa and Asia. In developing countries, midwives and doctors struggle to provide obstetric care at night. We Care Solar designs and manufactures a “Solar Suitcase”: a 12 volt DC solar electric system with 40W or 80W solar panels combined with efficient appliances – medical lights, phone chargers, and the option of a fetal heart rate monitor.

We Care Solar saves lives in childbirth by supplying solar power to remote health centers across Africa and Asia. In developing countries, midwives and doctors struggle to provide obstetric care at night. We Care Solar designs and manufactures a “Solar Suitcase”: a 12 volt DC solar electric system with 40W or 80W solar panels combined with efficient appliances – medical lights, phone chargers, and the option of a fetal heart rate monitor. The Solar Suitcase is portable, durable and has been deployed in 2,400 health facilities serving over 1 million deliveries to date. The organization also conducts training for installation, usage and maintenance so that Solar Suitcases are operated effectively.

The organization’s high-level advocacy efforts helped get energy for women and child healthcare labelled a SE4ALL “High Impact Opportunity” (HIO) project. Its work to raise awareness in the media and global forums has been very successful and is on-going. It also runs an education program, We Share Solar, in the U.S. The program promotes hands-on science and technology skills, and solar energy knowledge.


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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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