GE’s global Ecochallenge: One more month to participate!

GE’s global Ecochallenge: One more month to participate!

September 05, 2010 at 04:09am

GE’s global ecomagination challenge that was launched mid-July has already received over 1513 entries! 542 ideas have been submitted outside of the US of which 70 ideas are from the Middle East & Africa region. In addition to all of the ideas, the Challenge site has over 21,600 registered users who have contributed more than 22,880 comments and over 52,800 votes!

For those not familiar with the challenge: GE’s ecochallenge invites people to come together to take on one of the world’s toughest challenges – building the next-generation power grid to meet the needs of the 21st century. GE will award $200 million to winning ideas, making it the largest challenge of its kind.

Ideas submitted so far range from a new take on wave energy using hydraulics to a hurricane-resistant wind turbine, to an idea for solar roadways. To improve grid efficiency, submissions include installing ultra-capacitors to manage the output of renewable energy resources, and software solutions that use sophisticated algorithms to make use of abundant real-time data to predict future energy use. And on the topic of energy use, creative ideas such as holding energy use competitions to get people engaged in thinking of new and better ways to save energy have been submitted.

So far from the region the challenge has received submissions from Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, and Algeria.

There are many ways to be part of this challenge:

– Submit your idea into one of the three categories:
Renewables, Grid Efficiency and Eco Homes/Eco Buildings. Click here for details. Deadline is September 30, 2010

– Vote for an idea on http://challenge.ecomagination.com.

– Share your thoughts on the ideas submitted on the challenge’s blog.

More reading:

Ecomagination challenge idea visualisation

GE Ecochallenge Blog

Ecochallenge: Time to put your best ideas to work

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