TNO Project "Water & Energy for Climate Change" nominated for EIT Award 2016 by Climate-KIC

20 Apr 2016

In 2016, the Climate-KIC project Water & Energy for Climate Change, coordinated by TNO, has been nominated for the Innovators Award from the European Institute of Technology (EIT). Every year, each of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities KICs (currently Climate-KIC, EIT Digital and KIC InnoEnergy) selects two nominees for each award category. Next week the winner will be announced.

One of the aims of the European Institute of Technology (EIT) is to create an environment that allows entrepreneurship and innovation to flourish - both as a mind-set and activity. In order to support this aim, the EIT organises annual awards to recognise and reward the successful start-ups, innovative projects and young entrepreneurial talent that Europe has to offer.

Left to right: TU Berlin Absorberbox; demo container outside TNO; Naked Energy Solar PVT Panel

Every year, each of the KICs (currently Climate-KIC, EIT Digital and KIC InnoEnergy) selects two nominees for each award category. In 2016, for the first time, the EIT will also be awarding an Innovators Award aimed at KIC innovation teams that have developed in an exemplary manner an innovative product, service or process with a high potential for societal and economic impact.

The objectives of the EIT Awards are to:

  • Promote innovation
  • Encourage entrepreneurship
  • Celebrate European success

Water & Energy for Climate Change

WE4CC-II is a 3 year, 2.7 M€, Climate-KIC innovation project in cooperation with TNO (coordinator), Laborelec (GDF Suez), Naked Energy Ltd. and TU-Berlin. It aims at the technical demonstration, business case evaluation and implementation of new value chains for production of high quality water and indoor air (humidity) control using low grade thermal waste energy or renewable solar heat - with new technologies such as membrane distillation and water recovery from desiccant solutions.


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