The Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition, dubbed the Clean-tech Oscars, supports innovative start-up companies

European start-ups dominate clean-tech 'Oscars'

A scaleable aquaponic farm system, a solar simulator and a hybrid solar panel generating both, heat and electricity, have won this year’s Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition in California’s Silicon Valley.

Three European start-ups, responsible for the above mentioned technologies, have taken the competition by storm, proving the EU-funded climate innovation initiative Climate-KIC has already borne fruit.

Germany’s ECF Farmsystems has been named the overall winner, becoming the first ever company focusing on agriculture to win the competition.

The scalable aquaponic farm system, which the Berlin-based company developed, was hailed for its potential to dramatically reduce water usage and carbon emissions.

Dutch company Eternal Sun claimed the first prize in the Energy Efficiency category with its solar simulator for accurate testing of performance and reliability of solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, chemical, and bioenergy products.

London-based start-up Naked Energy has been the third of the successful European entries in the competition dubbed the clean-tech Oscars. The company’s innovative hybrid solar technology, capable of producing heat and electricity at the same time, has impressed the jury and has become the champion of the Energy Generation category.

The Global Ideas Competition offers the early-stage start-ups with breakthrough clean-tech ideas the opportunity to present their case in the world’s start-up Mecca, California’s Silicon Valley.

Organised by US-based Cleantech Open, the world’s largest clean-technology accelerator, the competition has helped a total of 727 clean-tech start-ups since 2006 to raise more than $800m in external capital, and create thousands of green-collar jobs.

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