Breakthrough Awards Inspired by the Environment

Popular Mechanics will honor the 2011 Breakthrough Awards winners on October 10.

The Breakthrough Awards will honor nine recipients in this year’s awards which include innovations and products that have been inspired by the environment, thedailygreen reported.  The recipients will be honored at a ceremony at the Hearst Tower in New York City.

Here is a list of the winners:

West Philly Hybrid X Team: The team built a hybrid electric car that is capable of 100 mpg on a highway.  The team is a group of high school students from Philadelphia’s inner city.  They will receive the Next Generation Award.

High-Altitude Wind Turbine: Corwin Hardham, Kenny Jensen, and Damon Vander Lind from Makani Power created a wind turbine that takes off like a helicopter and flies like a plane.  This innovation enables it to reach winds that blow stronger and more consistently.

Nano Hummingbird: Matt Keennon and Karl Klingebiel from AeroVironment and Todd Hylton from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) engineered a tiny, remote-controlled vehicle that flies like an actual hummingbird.  This nano hummingbird not only resembles an actual hummingbird but is pioneering a new form of robotic flight.

lightRadio Cube: Tod Sizer and a team from Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs shrank the functions of a cell tower to fit a device into the size of a Rubik’s Cube.  This shrinking could eliminate the need for new towers in urban areas.

Opposed-Piston, Opposed-Cylinder Engine: Peter Hofbauer of EcoMotors reinvented the internal combustion engine by making it 15 to 50 percent more energy-efficient.  In addition, he also reduced the amount of emissions from the engine.

Osorb for Water Treatment: Paul Edmiston from College of Wooster and ABSMaterials created a reusable glass powder that is capable of cleaning toxic water, such as wastewater from natural gas fracking sites.

BoralPure Smog-Eating Tile: Boral Roofing created tiles with a titanium-dioxide coating that react with and neutralize nitrogen oxide particles in smog.

Solaria Photovoltaic Panels: Solar panels that have been manufactured with 50 to 70 percent less silicon than traditional panels, which dramatically reduces the cost to consumers.

Phillips AmbientLED Bulb: A light bulb that uses just 12.5 watts of power and is rated to burn for 25,000 hours.  This light bulb will be the first credible replacement for the 60-watt incandescent.



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