The $5,000 Clean Energy Prize sponsored by UW’s Clean Energy Institute went to team PotentiaLi Energy. The UW team of MBA and electrical engineering students is developing a clean-energy bicycle charging system to minimize the climate impact of electrical mobility (the moving of people and goods) that currently relies on non-renewable energy sources like the electrical grid. The Clean Energy Prize has long been a standout award at the EIC because it recognizes “student innovations that can reduce carbon emissions through solar energy production, electrical energy storage, conversion and distribution, and energy efficiency.”
Judges awarded the $5,000 EarthLab Community Impact Prize to Washington State University team CP Systems. The team of chemical engineering, mechanical and materials engineering, and electrical engineering and computer science students is developing a portion, scalable technology that can be used in emerging nations to transform waste into electrical energy.