The GreenCityBlueLake Institute has done a lot to promote a vision of a clean energy future in Northeast Ohio. We helped to build the SmartHome, a real house for a Cleveland neighborhood designed to use 90% less heating and cooling energy than a conventional house. Our work on new bike and transit facilities is providing transportation options that use less energy. And our climate change planning work has stimulated regional planning discussions about a low-carbon future.
Yesterday, our efforts were recognized by the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio (UCEAO), the statewide organization that links university research with Ohio’s advanced energy economy. We received one of UCEAO’s 2013 Partnership Recognition Awards, which highlight programs and organizations that exemplify collaboration between the public and private sectors and promote the development of advanced energy technologies.
According to UCEAO’s award announcement, “This year, the UCEAO Board chose to recognize local and regional organizations that are making a difference in their communities. Energy issues are an important component of each group’s programming; at the same time, they are interwoven with broader themes of sustainability, environmental protection, and economic development. As such, these organizations are contributing to the strength of their communities, improving the quality of life for Ohio’s citizens, and promoting local innovation and entrepreneurship.”
The awards were presented in Columbus at the Ohio Clean Energy Challenge, a clean energy student business plan competition designed to provide student entrepreneurs with the opportunity to showcase their energy technologies and compete for cash prizes to support their business plans.
Congratulations to the winning team, Amplified Wind Solutions from Cleveland State University. They are seeking to commercialize the type of vertical axis, wind amplifying turbine that is now being demonstrated on Progressive Field in Cleveland. Such a turbine system can produce four to six times more electricity than a typical wind turbine. A potential early market is the telecommunications industry because the system can be placed on top of cell phone towers to power the equipment on site.