The overall 2015 Rushlight Award for innovators in clean technology was awarded to Azotic Technologies at a party in the Royal College of Surgeons, on 29 January.
Azotic has developed a natural nitrogen boosting technology that provides a sustainable solution to reduce the use of fertilisers in agriculture. Its bacterium-based N-Fix technology, which does not involve any genetic modification, enables any plant to extract a substantial proportion of its nitrogen requirements from the air, something which only a small proportion of plants can do unassisted. N-Fix offers the potential for increased productivity with reduced fertilizer in the agricultural industry.
Winners in the various group categories included:
Marine Engineering Energy Solutions Ltd
Developer of a deep water offshore wind support structure, the Articulated Wind Column for water depths of between 80 to 200 metres, which will enable deep water sites close to shore to be economically viable.
Celtic Renewables Ltd
Commercialising the production of biobutanol as an advanced fuel to displace petrol from the residues of the malt whisky industry.
The Chopping Company
Developer of Chop-Cloc, a simple retrofit device that saves up to 30% on home heating bills by directing switching off periods of 15-45 minutes to take advantage of radiant heat from the building fabric and contents.
Developer of a technology which can separate plastic polymers, creating high quality raw materials in the form of plastic pellets which require 20% of the energy needed to manufacture virgin plastic.
Developer of a machine that can process 80 liquid crystal displays (LCDs) per hour and separate the liquid crystal glass and mercury from the panel, thereby enabling recyclers to process effectively LCDs under the WEEE Directive.
The Climate-KIC Prize
The Climate-KIC Prize of €20,000 (plus an invitation to join the Climate-KIC UK Accelerator Programme), for the leading pre-revenue commercial business, was awarded to Samad Power Ltd, for its Micro CHP technology, which has half the parts of others on the market and potentially is much more cost effective.