We are excited to announce the selection of 15 clean energy pioneers across the UK and developing world as finalists for the Ashden Awards 2012. The finalists will compete for more than £190,000 in prize money, with the winners to be announced at a prestigious ceremony in London on 30 May 2012.
Two of the UK’s first three schools to receive the stringent Passivhaus certification are designed by Architype, previous Ashden award winners for their high standards of sustainable building design. Passivhaus is a green building system based on dramatically reducing the requirement for space heating and cooling, whilst creating excellent indoor comfort levels. The approach was developed in Germany in the early 1990s.
Geothermal International, who won an award from us in 2009 for its work installing ground-source heat pumps, has just won £12 million in investment to expand its work. The investment was led by ESB Novusmodus who has invested £8.6m, whilst other investors, including SSE Ventures, have subscribed for new shares to the tune of £3.5m. The capital will be used to fund growth in the UK market, finance the acquisition of Endurant Energy in the US, and support on-going international expansion.
Enlightened students from Singapore have forged a personal crusade to bring solar power to remote island communities through Project Light. So far they have taken 200 solar lamps produced by D.light design to the remote Riau islands off Indonesia, and hope to reach 10,000 people. The students were taken aback by the eagerness of local residents to switch from their dangerous kerosene lamps to the more safe and efficient option.