Award Winners Highlight Energy Business Innovation And Research

Two new awards have been presented at the second annual Erasmus Energy Forum in Rotterdam, for the best and most innovative sustainable business and research ideas. Winners announced at today’s Forum event for academics, business leaders and politicians were; a power supply for electrically-refrigerated goods en route across Europe, a project that models trading conditions in future energy markets, and research into the optimisation of power distribution across whole districts.

NomadPower B.V.Nominations were invited from the public, and judges were Dr Wolf Ketter, Scientific Director of the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business, and Dr John Collins, Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Minnesota. “Nominations came in from all over the world. I’m delighted that top-quality businesses and researchers at the forefront of the industry are looking for recognition through the Erasmus Energy Forum network, in only its second year,” said Dr Ketter. “Congratulations to our winners.”

Erasmus Energy Business Award 2013 Winner

Winner of the of the first Erasmus Energy Business Award 2013 for the best innovative and sustainable energy concept or business model that contributes to improving people’s lives, business success, and the planet is NomadPower B.V. based in Woerden in the Netherlands. The company supplies electricity to temperature-controlled road cargos via electricity connection points at cold storage facilities, and in designated park and rest areas along transport routes in Europe.

The winning business was given five minutes to pitch their business to the 150-strong audience of business leaders, academics and politicians from across Europe. In addition, a donation of €2,500 was given on behalf of the business prize winner to the United Nations Fund for Energy & Climate.

The runners-up for the Erasmus Energy Business Award 2013 were AllGreen Ecotech Solutions Pvt. Ltd from Noida in India who supply the AllGreen Ecolibrium Energy Management Saving system which helps to optimise energy usage in buildings and increases energy efficiency, resulting in substantial cost savings; and Cleopa GmbH from Hennigsdorf in Germany, supplier of Cleolux Greenlight LED lighting that creates financial and carbon savings.

Erasmus Energy Science Award 2013 Winners

The Erasmus Energy Science Award 2013 is for research which pairs practical relevance to future energy business and presents new findings with scientific rigour. The judges decided to announce two winners because of the high-quality attributes of the two top nominees.

Winners were:

  • the CrocodileAgent team from the University of Zagreb in Croatia; researchers Jurica Babić, Ivo Buljević, Sinisa Matetic, Tomislav Brisevac and Vedran Podobnik are active in developing solutions for trading and visualisation in future energy markets, and
  • Researchers from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands; Laura Ramírez Elizondo and Matthijs Spaan have developed methods for optimising the energy generation, distribution and consumption across whole districts, including electric vehicles.

The Erasmus Energy Award for Science prize fund of €1,000 was spilt between both winners.

Runner-up for the Erasmus Energy Forum Science Award 2013 was the partnership of Lukas Exel and Georg Frey from Saarland University in Germany who have researched decentralised feed-in forecasts for distributed power generation.

The annual Erasmus Energy Forum event is hosted by the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business led by Scientific Director Dr Wolf Ketter. It brought together important opinion leaders from science, politics and the corporate world to share the latest knowledge on the challenges to safeguarding energy provision in the future, exploring the themes of e-mobility and smart homes, and the challenges and opportunities for building new kinds of relationships with energy customers. Speakers included former CEO of npower Volker Beckers; Head of Smart Grid for ABB Dr Jochen Kreusel; Leader of the Electric Mobility Framework Strategy at BMW Group Kerstin Meerwaldt; CEO of Nuon Huib Morelisse; Prof. Shmuel Oren from the University of California, Berkeley; and Global Leader for Manufacturing Industries at Cisco Systems Inc, Dr Dirk Schlesinger.

The Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business is a specialist research centre based at Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), the joint research institute of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE).

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is ranked amongst Europe’s top 10 business schools for education and amongst the top three for research. Based in the international port city of Rotterdam - a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade - it provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who carry innovative ideas into a sustainable future thanks to a first-class range of bachelor, masters, MBA, PhD and executive programmes. RSM’s executive education and alumni support services are also offered from its office in the Amsterdam Zuidas business district.

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