GE’s global Ecochallenge - Time to put your best ideas to work

GE’s global Ecochallenge - Time to put your best ideas to work

August 16, 2010 at 07:08am
Map showing places where Ecochallenge submissions have come from

GE’s global ecomagination challenge that was launched mid-July is doing phenomenally well. The challenge has already received over 950 entries from more than 60 countries with more than 11,000 votes!

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.

So far from the region the challenge has received submissions from Qatar, Oman, Jordan, and Algeria.

The most popular entry so far is for solar roadways.The idea aims to provide more clean energy than can be used by retrofitting roads, parking lots, etc., with structurally-engineered recyclable solar panels that are driven upon. This will reduce greenhouse gases, create countless green jobs, and eliminate dependence on oil by allowing electric vehicles to recharge virtually anywhere. Another submission is the idea of using artificial intelligence systems to improve grid efficiency. Click here to learn more.

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.

– VOTE for an idea on

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

– SPREADthe word and share the link to the challenge.

The entry receiving the most user-submitted votes, will receive, subject to GE’s review for appropriate content, a cash award of $50,000. Also, GE will present five innovation awards of $100,000 in cash, to acknowledge the entries as examples of outstanding entrepreneurship and innovation.

You can also follow the challenge and vote through your iPhone by installing the following application.

More reading:
GE ecomagination Challenge: Powering the Grid- Global call for entries

GE Ecochallenge Blog

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