South Australia’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize Ceremony

Posted 21 October 2016

Congratulations to the winners of South Australia’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur Prize, the first initiative of the Adelaide to Zero Carbon Challenge.

From 150 entries worldwide, 11 finalists came together in Adelaide to pitch their ideas, solutions and technologies to reduce Adelaide’s carbon emissions and become the world’s first carbon neutral city.

The finalists competed for $150,000 in front of a live audience as part of the Open State ‘Pitch Fest’. Premier Jay Weatherill presented $100,000 to Enecon - which teamed up with the University of Adelaide - for its project proposal that once built, will replace fossil fuel sources and deliver energy security within the city boundary. This project aims to turn wood waste into fuel that delivers power at the point of consumption. Processing wood waste feedstock into pyrolysis oil at its source, eliminates the challenges of transporting energy. The fuel is then combusted in a high-efficiency trigeneration plant to deliver power at the point of consumption which will eliminate transmission losses.

EcoCaddy was the runner-up and received $50,000 for EcoCart parcel delivery service for city-based businesses which uses real-time tracking and sustainable transport, therefore easing congestion in the CBD. South Australian proposals by Peats Soil & Garden Supplies and dsquared Consulting were both highly commended.