Low carbon entrepreneurs win big in Adelaide

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A project that aimed to turn wood waste into fuel that delivers power at the point of consumption won the top prize in the inaugural Adelaide to Zero Carbon Challenge, South Australia’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize.

Enecon – which teamed up with the University of Adelaide – received $100,000 for its project proposal that, when built, would replace fossil-fuel sources and deliver energy security within the city’s boundary.

Processing wood waste feedstock into pyrolysis oil, at its source, eliminates the challenges of transporting energy. The fuel is then combusted in a high-efficiency trigeneration plant to deliver power at the point of consumption which will eliminate transmission losses.

EcoCaddy was the runner-up and received $50,000 for its EcoCart parcel delivery service for city-based businesses. It uses real-time tracking and sustainable transport, therefore easing congestion in the CBD.

South Australian proposals by Peats Soil & Garden Supplies and D Squared were highly commended.

Adelaide to Zero Carbon Challenge winners

The Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize – the first initiative of the Adelaide to Zero Carbon Challenge held as part of Open State – provided entrants with opportunities to develop new partnerships, attract investment and create new economy jobs.

The worldwide search for the best low carbon ideas, solutions or technologies to help Adelaide reduce its carbon emissions and become the world’s first carbon neutral city received 150 local, national and international entries.

Eleven finalists were awarded $10,000 to help develop their concepts further and to prepare a more detailed submission on their proposal. They then pitched their ideas in front of a live audience and expert judging panel as part of PitchFest South Australia at Open State.

International applicants or those based outside South Australia had to partner with a South Australian entity (organisation, business, individual) or demonstrate their willingness to find a local partner to progress to Stage 2 before they could pitch their ideas.