2014 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge Teams
23 student teams have been selected to compete in the 2014 UW Environmental Innovation Challenge. Learn more about each of them, and follow #UWEIC2014 to find out which teams will walk away with up to $10,000 in prize money for their environmental innovations!
AeroAlgae Systems (University of Washington)
AeroAlgae Systems has developed an aerobic chlorella reactor that processes manure waste efficiently and cost effectively, while also creating a valuable byproduct: biodiesel feedstock and biomass cattle feed.
Ario Lighting (University of Washington)
Ario Lighting has developed a network-connected system of lights that change spectrum automatically with the time of day and learned use patterns.
Biomethane (Bainbridge Graduate Institute)
Biomethane produces vehicle fuel from dairy waste using a cost-effective biological process. In basic terms, manure from dairy cows feeds a biodigester which produces biogas. The biogas is then purified, compressed, and sent to a fueling station to fuel CNG cars, trucks, and buses.
Cellectricity (University of Washington)
Cellectricity provides affordable solutions to energy savings from building automation. Using easily accessible and affordable wireless technologies, Cellectricity can detect occupancy levels throughout buildings using population density heat maps, determining the heating, power, and lighting needed in a given location and ultimately reducing a building's consumption of energy.
e-Gas (University of Washington)
e-Gas introduces an alternative, low-cost, high-performing method of producing syngas with electrolysis using solid oxide electrolysis cells.
FindNano (University of Washington)
FindNano is a low-cost, effective and portable technology for the detection of nanoparticles in bodies of water, water treatment plants, and biological fluids. The technology can detect extremely low concentration levels of nanoparticles, and will aid in determining their potential toxicity and environmental impact.
Grease2Green (University of Washington)
Grease2Green provides a kiosk machine in grocery stores and other public places where customers can recycle used cooking oil in exchange for a cash payout, gift cards, or charitable donation. The used cooking oil is then sold to a biodiesel producer.
H2.O (University of Washington)
H2.O is developing a renewable energy source for remotely located wireless sensor networks. The company's device uses water to convert UV, visible, and infared light into electrical energy. The ability to absorb and convert infared radiation into electricity means that H2.O's device can produce energy from light provided by everyday objects (light bulbs, lamps, even tables and chairs) instead of just the sun.
IonoMetal Technologies (University of Washington)
IonoMetal Technologies has created a metal plating technique that allows for precise metal-on-metal deposition which can be used to repair these gold test boards. The IonoMetal printer prints metal plates that are smaller than can be seen with the naked eye.
Korvata (University of Washington)
Korvata creates cutting edge alternative chemistry products that enable companies to mitigate their environmental impact.
Loopool (Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Seattle Central Community College, University of Washington)
Loopool is reinventing the garment industry business model by creating a closed-loop supply chain, transforming reclaimed cotton garments and textiles into high-quality, bio-based fiber.
Mobile Foam (Washington State University)
Mobile Foam provides companies with the necessary chemicals and portable molds to manufacture polyurethane blocks, allowing for organizations to bypass shipping costs of individual blocks by manufacturing their own building materials on the site of construction. This method will allow organizations to construct houses in a faster, more cost effective manner, allowing for increased housing production rates while creating long lasting quality homes.
NOVA Solar Window (Western Washington University)
NOVA Solar Window combines the power producing capabilities of a solar panel with the utility of a traditional window. The utilization of transparent solar energy technology allows solar windows to provide renewable energy where traditional solar panels cannot.
Powered Walks (University of Washington)
Powered Walks has developed a plan to address the United States' energy issues - and the general public's lack of knowledge on the matter - with the "Clean Energy Mall," a two-fold plan to transform shopping malls into holistic ecological green buildings.
Roots of Seattle (University of Washington)
With Roots of Seattle's user interface and Growpod, customers will be able to monitor the growth of their crops, receiving notifications any time a problem occurs. Through an open source platform, they'll also be able to learn from other growers and share produce with friends and family.
Salon Solids (University of Washington)
Salon Solids reduces the amount of plastic waste and hazardous chemical consumption that occurs with most hair products. Its six-ingredient shampoo and conditioner comes in solid form, eliminating the need for the preservatives necessary for a product with water in it, and its packaging is recyclable, biodegradable and does not contain plastic, further reducing waste.
Skales Cooperative (University of Washington)
Skales Cooperative utilizes environmentally sustainable, economically efficient, and scalable aquaponics technology to supply fresh, organic, local produce to urban-area homes and restaurants.
SolarDraft (Central Washington University)
SolarDraft reduces dependence on the process of combusting fossil fuels for the purpose of heating a home. SolarDraft is an externally mounted window unit that uses solar conduction to heat air that is circulated internally by a photovoltaic cell-powered fan.
Spectral DNA (University of Washington)
Spectral DNA is creating a conformable solar power generating fabric that can be integrated into everything from clothing to buildings to transportation coatings.
Sustainable Antimicrobials (University of Washington)
Sustainable Antimicrobials uses cutting edge zwitterion technology to create antibacterial, environmentally friendly, and affordable athletic apparel and gear. Silver is extremely toxic to many species of aquatic creatures. Sustainable Antimicrobials eliminates the use of heavy metals in fabrics and athletic gear by creating a safe and non-toxic solution using a new antimicrobial action invented at UW.
TEG Solutions (Washington State University)
thermoelectric generator module provides lighting and charging capabilities for people in developing countries. The company's device uses heat differences to power an LED lamp and charge cell phones--the main mode of communication for many PEOPLE rural, third-world countries.
TerraMizu (University of Washington)
TerraMizu is a startup nonprofit organization that provides consultation on improving irrigation methods in developing countries. The organization's mission is to promote eco-friendly irrigation methods in developing nations to enhance the productivity of farmers and alleviate rural poverty.
WorldWaterNow (University of Washington)
WorldWaterNow is creating a portable, self-contained, waste water treatment system that takes human waste and turns it into potable water by using alternative energy sources like solar power. The development of this unit will reduce the number of deaths following a natural disaster in developing communities by turning contaminated sewage and other forms of waste into enough clean water for a family of four to five to sustain themselves each day.