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Innovation award for Powitec
The German technology company Powitec wins the German Innovation Award for Climate and Environment 2010 / PiT Navigator convinced high-ranking jury
And the winner is ... The PiT Navigator makes coalfired power plants cleaner and more efficient
The company was honored for its innovation PiT Navigator. Using a system developed by Powitec, a combination of soft- and hardware, analyzes the combustion process. The specialty here is a camera system, which obtains optical information from the power plant boiler. The images from the flames together with analysis software receive information about the quality of the combustion. Fully automatic the Powitec software then takes the corresponding optimizing setpoint corrections on the plant, which leads to a more uniform - and optimized - plant operation. The PiT Navigator provides lower energy consumption, and reduced CO2 emissions.
Primarily this system is used in coal and lignitefired power plants, waste incinerators and cement and lime kilns. But countless other industries with nonthermal processes can optimize their plant operations through the Powitec technology more environmental friendly and economic. If all the coal plants and cement kilns in Germany would be equipped with the Powitec intelligent combustion control software the annual carbon dioxide emissions would be reduced at a stroke by three million tonnes. This is the amount that the car traffic in Thuringia emits per year. Bernd Beyer, one of two managing directors of Powitec, is proud that his company has won the award: "The protection of the environment and climate is one of the largest global challenges of our time. The team of Powitec, with its innovative products, makes a small but significant contribution. Therefore we are particularly delighted that we have today been awarded for our work and have won the IKU award."
The price of global population growth, increased mobility and increasing energy consumption burdens the climate and the environment with major problems. In addressing these challenges, Germany has assumed a pioneering role. Innovations from Germany already today help protecting climate and environment for tomorrow.Through the IKU the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federation of German Industries, award the best ideas on climate change. They identify innovative technologies, techniques, procedures and processes as well as products, services and business models that lead in new directions in the area of climate and environment. The participation at the Innovation Prize for Climate and Environmental is open for businesses and organizations from the economy as well as for research institutes in five categories: process innovation for climate protection, product and service innovations for climate protection, environmentally friendly technologies, environmentally friendly products and services as well as climate and environmental technology transfer to developing - and emerging economies and countries in Eastern Europe. In the first year 145 applications were received. The award, which is awarded in five categories, is endowed with a total of 125,000 euros.
The jury chair for this year was taken by, Prof. Klaus Töpfer. Research partner for the prize is the Fraunhofer Institute for System und Innovation Research ISI, which has scientifically assessed the applications received. Based on the recommendations of innovation experts from the Fraunhofer ISI then ten prominent experts from the fields of economy, society, media and political made their decision on the winner of the IKU. Jury members include Friedhelm Loh, president of the Central Electrical and Electronic Industry (ZVEI) and the awardwinning journalist Volker Angres ZDF.
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