The seventh annual Ocean Exchange, held in Savannah, Georgia, from 8 to 10 October, will feature twelve worldwide solutions – all competing to be named the winner of one of two highly sought-after $100,000 awards. Each solution has the potential to generate economic growth and increase productivity, while reducing the use of nature’s resources and or the production of waste.

Competing for grants

The innovators will present their solutions and compete for the two awards: The Orcelle Award, from worldwide sponsor Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, and the Neptune Award, from sponsors Gulfstream Aerospace, the Littlejohn Family Foundation, Bunge, Savannah Economic Development Authority, Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia Power, Oceaneering, and other contributors. The finalists are vying for one of two $100,000 grants that will be used to continue funding their work.

2016 Orcelle Award winner: Turbulent

“WWL is proud to be part of the seventh annual Ocean Exchange,” says Roger Strevens, who is responsible for sustainability at WWL ASA.

“Having had the honour of being a judge for the preliminary rounds of this and several previous years' Ocean Exchanges, I'm delighted to confirm that the strength in depth of this year's finalists reaches a new high. Brainfood, more than ever; be there!”

Promoting sustainable solutions

WWL sponsors the WWL Orcelle Award, which promotes solutions that makes shipping and logistics more sustainable by advancing zero-emission, marine- and land-based technologies that are commercially viable.

“At WWL, we recognise that our operations affect the environment and, therefore, the need to create high-impact solutions, such as the submissions for the Orcelle Award.”

The 12 finalists for the 2017 awards are:

  • AMP Robotics (from Colorado, USA): Artificial intelligence and robotics for recycling
  • Atlas Energy Systems (from Illinois, USA): Nuclear power supply for long-term oceanic uses
  • CALTROPe (Hungary): Modular structures to prevent coastal flooding in vulnerable areas
  • Energy Materials (Georgia, USA): Ultra-high efficiency, ultra-low cost photovoltaics
  • Ferrate Treatment Technologies (Florida, USA): Solutions for drinking water, wastewater, and environmental remediation challenges
  • Full Cycle (California, USA): Mitigating plastic pollution to improve ocean health
  • Heliac (Denmark): Utility-scale solar thermal energy at prices below coal and gas
  • Perryman Technologies (UAE): Steam, gas turbine, and diesel engines powered by pure heat
  • Rozalia Project for Clean Ocean (Vermont, USA): Small consumer device to capture laundry-based microfibers before they enter streams or oceans
  • Cella Energy (United Kingdom): Solid hydrogen storage technology replacing compressed gas and batteries
  • Sunny Clean Water (New York, USA): Water purification using enhanced solar driven distillation
  • Wing Trawling System (Alabama, USA): System to reduce by-catch and reduce fuel costs on shrimp boats