The seventh annual Ocean Exchange, hosted last week in Savannah, Georgia, featured twelve innovative, sustainable worldwide solutions that demonstrate the ability to generate economic growth and increase productivity while reducing the use of natures resources and waste production, all with an emphasis on oceans, coastlines, shipping/logistics, and zero emissions.

The winner of the 2017 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Orcelle Award in the amount of $100,000 USD is Atlas Energy Systems.

Atlas Energy Systems, LLC is developing a new kind of industrial battery that can operate in portable sizes for months or years without recharging and provide emission free power for generators. The Atlas Energy System uses the same platform technology found in household smoke detectors and super sizes it to provide continuous, long-lasting energy, even in extreme conditions of temperature or pressure, in the kilowatt range.  Over the longer term, it is expected that the technology can be further scaled up to the megawatts range.

Atlas makes its battery sustainable and environmentally friendly by using repurposed leftover material from the medical isotope industry to generate the electrons that carry the electrical charge. The battery has a wide variety of potential applications for ocean monitoring and maritime systems.

Repurposing radioactive waste

While announcing the award Ray Fitzgerald, President and COO, Logistics of Wallenius Wilhelmsen (WWL) commented, “WWL is excited to present the 2017 Orcelle Award to Atlas Energy System. Atlas' innovative technology allows for waste from the medical isotope industry to be repurposed in a responsible manner as a new battery technology that is not only safe but may possibly allow vessel operators to eliminate emissions from combustible engines while a vessel is working in port.”

“Ten years ago, sustainability was a choice that companies like WWL made. Today sustainability is no longer a choice; it’s a requirement; one that is essential to strategy, to culture and one that has a direct impact on a company's bottom line and brand reputation. The ideas discussed at the Ocean Exchange have the potential to inspire meaningful change in this world.” 

Fuel reduction system wins Neptune Award

The winner of the Ocean Exchange Neptune Award in the amount of $100,000 USD is Wing Trawling System. This system can be adapted to existing shrimp boats to reduce unwanted finfish by-catch and has allowed 35% reduction in fuel consumption.

The Neptune Award was inaugurated in 2017 with focus on sustainable and resilient oceans and coastlines.  It is supported by Gulfstream Aerospace, the Littlejohn Family Foundation and other Ocean Exchange sponsors.

Seeking innovative and sustainable solutions

In addition to the winning grant recipients, 10 additional innovators presented sustainable solutions to a distinguished group of conference guests representing  business and industry, entrepreneurs, academia, government, and NGOs.

  • Energy Materials Corp (USA-GA)
  • Heliac (Denmark)
  • Perryman Technologies (UAE)
  • CALTROPe (Hungary)
  • Rozalia Project/Cora Ball  (USA-VT)
  • Cella Energy (UK)
  • Sunny Clean Water  (USA-NY)
  • AMP Robotics (USA-CO)
  • Full Cycle (USA-CA)
  • Ferrate Treatment Technologies (USA-FL)

Each year, the Ocean Exchange seeks innovative, proactive and globally scalable sustainable solutions with working prototypes and applications that can cross industries, economies and cultures. 22 experts from around the world reviewed and selected the top 12 solutions that offer the greatest ability to transform industries.