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GE’s Ecomagination Challenge Unveils 5 Winning Energy Solutions
IceCode: Wind Turbine Blade Anti-Icing and De-Icing, West Lebanon, NH
Seeking to break one of nature’s strongest bonds, IceCode’s technology removes ice by using high-power pulses to apply heat from the inside out. Employing this technology for wind turbines substantially reduces the amount of energy used for de-icing and eliminates downtime for ice removal and inspection. The tech was developed in collaboration with Dartmouth College.
WinFlex: Inflatable Wind Turbines, Kiryat Yam, Israel
WinFlex produces rotors for wind turbines from light, flexible and inexpensive cloth sheets made out of composite materials. This flexible rotor design reduces installation costs by at least fifty percent and shortens the return on investment to three-four years, without subsidies.
The winners were picked from nearly 4,000 ideas, and the contest facilitated robust conversations across the open innovation platform between 70,000 entrepreneurs in more than 150 countries over a 10-week period. “We launched the Challenge to encourage new thinking and spur innovation at every level of development,” said Beth Comstock, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, GE. “The first step toward modernizing our grid is to uncover ideas and transform them into game-changing technologies and the Challenge has demonstrated that many great ideas exist out there. The smart thinking and compelling business cases presented make these innovation award-winning ideas examples of pioneering entrepreneurship.”
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