Swiss company wins 2018 Innovation Radar Prize for breakthrough technology for ‘upcycling’ PET
On 6 December 2018 the European Commission has awarded prizes to Europe's most promising digital innovations emerging from EU funded research and innovation projects in Vienna. Gr3n (pronounced ‘green’) from Switzerland won the 2018 Innovation Radar Prize for for their breakthrough technology for "upcycling" PET / polyester. They have developed an industrial-grade prototype that uses microwave radiation to increase the proportion of plastics that can be recycled while also increasing the quality of recycled plastics (such as PET or polyester).
Five other EU-funded innovators also secured prizes at the awards ceremony:
- Excellent Science: Technical University of Denmark for their technology that can laser-print ultra-thin optical lenses for the mass market.
- Industrial & Enabling Tech: New Infrared Technologies (Spain) for their innovative use of infrared imaging to deliver real-time control of laser power.
- Best Young SME: Multiwave Technologies (Switzerland) for their metamaterial technology that improves the signals captured by state-of-the-art MRI systems.
- Best early stage innovation: BioInicia (Spain) for their surface adhesion breakthrough that can revolutionise efficiency of solar panels and food packaging.
- Tech for Society: University of Iceland for 'Sound of Vision', their wearable assistive system that helps visually impaired people better navigate the world around them.
The first stage of the competition took place over 2 weeks when the public could vote on the Futurium website for the innovators and innovations on the longlist that impressed them the most. Over 50,000 votes were cast by the public and the 20 finalists were selected. The “final” took place in Vienna, where a panel of 4 judges decided on the winners on the basis of a 3-minute pitch delivered during a special pitching session at ICT2018.
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