Four innovators received awards in the Green Innovation Contest for their promising products and services in the field of sustainability. The award was presented for the year of 2014, but was presented during Sustainable Business Day on March 3, 2015.
The event was attended by some 700 visitors. Mikael Fjällström, one of the creators behind the contest and a manager at Energimyndigheten (The Swedish Energy Agency), awarded the prizes.
"The Swedish Energy Agency encourages the development of good business ideas in energy technique through various types of loans to companies, but also by supporting initiatives which are in the same spirit of sustainability," Fjällström said. "The Green Innovation Contest is a very good way to find and encourage these good ideas."
The founders of Greenely, students at KTH.
The Green Innovation Contest was started in 2012, and the competition focuses on sustainable environmental innovations. But it's more than a contest – it is also a collaborative platform.
Greenely is a mobile application, totally hardware independent, which visualizes, analyses, and predicts a household's energy use.
It was created by students at KTH in Stockholm.
"My colleague and I were working on our thesis work with a consultation company, examining smart IT-solutions in order to make it easier to live sustainably," cofounder Tanmoy Bari says. "We analysed many different options in Europe and discovered that there was a lack of visualization services to analyse energy use."
"Users can log in and see a personal energy tree representing their home," he explains. "If the household uses a lot of energy, the tree will start wilting. If energy use is more moderate, a good level of use, then the tree will bloom."
Greeneley was recently one of five companies chosen by KTH to visit Silicon Valley.
Meanwhile, CityFlow is a navigation service which lets drivers in city traffic see in real time the most effective driving route, saving time and fuel. Nano Control is a programme which is an improvement on air purification, offering a new and more effective way of separating nano particles.
Rolf Westerlund was also awarded for a control device for floor temperatures. His invention can detect ice on horizontal surfaces, so that users (such as cities) could choose to use heating only where and when it is needed.