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18 November 2015 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Sustainability Award Winner 2015

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Transforming sunshine into drinking water

Desolenator is the most affordable and sustainable residential water purification and desalination system on the market (removing 99% of all contaminants).

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It produces 15L of drinking water per day, runs on solar energy alone, lasts 20 years and requires little to no maintenance.


The judging panel commented:

"This outstanding entry is truly worthy of the Sustainability Innovation Award.

"The simple integration of technologies combined to produce an exceptional product which could have significant impacts on communities; delivering low cost, reliable sources of safe drinking water."



Also shortlisted:

Efficiency advantages of silicon carbide for the price of silicon

10% of the world’s electricity is lost in power conversion. Replacing silicon with silicon carbide (SiC) is well known to significantly improve power conversion efficiencies but its high cost has prevented widespread adoption.

Anvil’s proprietary technology enables the fabrication of SiC devices for the same cost as silicon devices.

Anvil Semiconductors

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Waste to resource plant using innovative advanced thermal technology

The innovative Chinook technology is commercially proven as a renewable energy generation and metal recycling technology, operating commercially since 2000 with a spotless environmental record.

The new Oldbury plant will recover clean metals for recycling and generate green electricity from waste that would have previously been sent to landfill.

Chinook Sciences Ltd

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SunSHIFT – modular solar-diesel power

SunSHIFT provides modular solar farms to remote communities and to the mining and construction industries, replacing unsustainable diesel power with solar power.

The innovation is the modularity. Multiple solar panels, ground restraint, structure and wiring are integrated off-site into single modules that plug-and-play together on-site and may be relocated easily.


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Battery for the Formula E Racing Series

Williams Advanced Engineering has created one of the world’s most sophisticated batteries for automotive use. It has powered the cars in the world’s first zero emission racing series, Formula E.

This technology is helping to showcase the potential of electric vehicles to consumers and eradicate misconceptions regarding safety and performance.

Williams Advanced Engineering

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Sustainability information



Category scope

The IET Sustainability Innovation Award is open to any and all innovations in fields of engineering, science and technology that demonstrate a contribution to sustainability.

Entries for projects, processes, products and initiatives are welcomed either from individuals, small teams or organisations (both engineers and non engineers) that are both innovative in nature and sustainable from a resource perspective. The entry can cover an entirely new concept or the development of an existing process or product to provide a sustainable approach.

All sustainable development is by definition innovative in that it introduces a new way of "meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs".
(Source: Brundtland report. UN commission on Environment and Development )

The recognition and reward associated with becoming a finalist in this category is significant as it has the potential to impact on our lives and those of future generations.

We have provided step by step instructions on how to enter the Innovation Awards as well as handy hints for completing your entry form.