World Changing Ideas Awards 2020: Energy Finalists and Honorable Mentions

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World Changing Ideas Awards 2020: Energy Finalists and Honorable Mentions

Solar, wind, and any other innovative ideas to create clean power (either for personal use or at a large scale) or new systems for better electricity distribution. Read about the winner: a startup that uses mirrors to create solar-powered, 1,800-degree heat for industrial factories.



Battery Condition Annunciator App, NEC Energy Solutions
CLUES, Carbon Lighthouse
Eos Bioreactor, Hypergiant
Flexible, cuttable lithium-ion battery, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Fuel ATMs, Koko Networks
Magni250 motor and the MagniDrive, MagniX
Monarch Tractor, Monarch
Peace Renewable Energy Credits, Energy Peace Partners
Pittsburgh International Airport micro­grid, Allegheny County Airport Authority
Quasar, Wallbox
Stackable Energy Technologies, Pfister Energy
Youmma Solar Fridge, Youmma, Nidec Global Appliance

Honorable Mention

AlphaStruxure, AlphaStruxure
Atom Switch, Atom Power
Bat Deterrent Systems, NRG Systems
Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid, Siemens
City of Phoenix 91st Avenue Renewable Natural Gas Facility, Ameresco
Compensaid, Lufthansa Innovation Hub
Corporate Renewable Energy Aggregation Group, Bloomberg, Cox Enterprises, Gap, Salesforce, Workday
CRYOBattery, Highview Power
Decatur Island Battery Energy Storage System, HDR and Opalco
Ocean heat pump to extract clean ocean heat energy, Zero E Technologies
Organic Valley Community Solar Project, Organic Valley
Campaign for emissions disclosure rules, En+ Group
Scotchkote Poly-Tech Exp-RG 700 Solar Heat Reflective Coating, 3M
South Landing, McKinstry


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Morgan is a senior editor at Fast Company. He edits the Impact section, formerly Have an idea for a story? You can reach him at mclendaniel [at]


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