Ocean Exchange 2016 Winners Announced

A thousand thank-you's to all the presenters, delegates and volunteers who attended our 2016 event and made it a success.

Ocean Exchange offered three awards in 2016: 
  • Gulfstream® Navigator Award
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) Orcelle® Award
  • BIG Pitch Collegiate Award, sponsored by Georgia Southern University

We'd like to formally introduce you to our winners:

Gulfstream® Navigator Award

Sun Buckets (USA)
The $100,000 USD Gulfstream® Navigator Award was given to the Solution that best demonstrates the greatest alignment with the 2016 theme with applicability across multiple industries generating positive impact on the environment, economies or health while respecting cultures around the world. Additionally, in 2016 the Navigator Award focused on solutions in the area of renewable energy in celebration of Gulfstream’s investment in renewable fuels.

Sun Buckets are portable, stored solar energy cookstoves that allow users to cook without fire, fuel, or emissions. Sun Buckets offers the 700 million energy impoverished households the opportunity to save some of the $100 billion they spend annually on cooking fuels. This technology helps maintain local cooking traditions by emulating the temperature of fire and allowing users to cook where and when they wish, even when the sun is not shining.

Presenter Samantha Lindgren, (pictured above, left with Ira Berman of Gulfstream) focuses on product adoption at Sun Buckets. She says "we'd like to convey our thanks to Ocean Exchange and to Gulfstream and the other sponsors. Ocean Exchange was an exciting event for us, and we are proud of our new affiliation with Ocean Exchange and the Gulfstream Navigator award." 

CEO Bruce Elliott-Litchfield reacts: "We were thrilled with the outcome of the competition, and left feeling inspired, grateful, and ready to get to work. We look forward to our next steps, and hope that our new connections and friends at Ocean Exchange will join us for what lies ahead."

WWL Orcelle® Award

Vortex Turbine by Turbulent (Belgium)

The $100,000 USD WWL Orcelle® Award was given to the solution that makes shipping and logistics more sustainable by advancing zero-emission, marine and/or land based technologies that are commercially viable. 

It is possible to provide reliable and renewable hydropower energy, to supply even the most remote locations in the world and thus increase the electrification rate. This can be done by a smart and decentralized energy production using an easy to install turnkey product. The Vortex Turbine by Turbulent is a new and efficient hydropower technique, inspired by the natural shape of a vortex. The technology uses very low height differences to deliver affordable, renewable energy without damaging the local ecosystem.

Geert Slachmuylders, CTO of Turbulent, presented at Ocean Exchange. He is pictured above, left with Ray Fitzgerald of WWL at the awards ceremony. Turbulent says via twitter: "We win the top award $100k!!! Thank you all for your votes/support!" You can follow Turbulent at @TurbulentHydro and @Turbulent_Geert

BIG Pitch Competition

Touch Light
University of IL- Urbana/Champaign

The BIG Pitch is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate solution that improves economies, health, and the environment. The award is sponsored by Georgia Southern University,

Touch Light harvests ambient energy to power daily tools, using Power Pad, where each step taken by passerby generates electricity. The power pad is a low profile sqft. size device that sits under any moderate to heavy traffic location and generates 10 W of electricity per step with the potential to scale up to 100 W. 

Presenter Swarnav Pujari, pictured above, left with Dean Allen Amason of Georgia Southern University, is a sophomore at UIUC, studying Materials Engineering.

He says of his Ocean Exchange experience: "There is no dream and no idea that is too big for our imagination. We see that at BIG Pitch Ocean Exchange. An ecosystem that fosters the growth of the future led by innovators from all over set on making change."
About Ocean Exchange
Ocean Exchange is a Solutions-focused organization conducting a continuous search for Best in Class, proven solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Our focus is sustainable solutions that improve economies, health, and the environment while respecting local cultures.  Our solutions improve productivity, reduce waste or reduce the use of nature’s resources.

Our Awards: Gulfstream® Navigator Award | Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Orcelle® Award | The BIG Pitch Competition

Our Sponsors: Gulfstream | Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics | Georgia Southern University

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