8 December 2021 - The first Cleantech Hero Energy has been announced. The choice of the jury of experts went almost unanimously to Turbulent Hydro, which has developed high-tech small hydroelectric turbines that convert energy from rivers into electricity by making use of generated whirlpools.
"Turbulent has carefully chosen to develop a technology that is suitable both for the West and for countries in emerging economies. Turbulent aims for a clear link with a number of SDGs. The potential for internationalisation ensures that Turbulent Hydro can become a great showcase for Flanders. It highlights everything that a sustainable innovation project should be. In time, this kind of solution can make universal access to electricity a reality, without the pernicious additional negative impact on global greenhouse gas emissions."
The jury of the third Cleantech Hero 2021 was unanimous in praising Turbulent Hydro's project, which combines technological innovation, sustainability and social responsibility.
The jury for this Cleantech Flanders Hero Circular Energy consisted of Claire Tillekaerts (FIT), Dirk Fransaer (VITO), Pieter-Jan Provoost (Agoria), Frederik Loeckx (Flux50), Marc Nuytemans (De Blauwe Cluster) and Frans Snijkers (Cleantech Flanders). After an initial selection, three finalists emerged: Smappee, The Sniffers and Turbulent Hydro. The jury was again very impressed by the level of the candidates. They were judged on the relevance of the innovations, the TRL level, the impact in Flanders and the international ambitions of the company, the extent to which the company can act as an ambassador for Flemish cleantech, the implementation of the SDGs and the cooperation with all links of the quadruple helix.
Companies that win the 2021 award in their theme have more than a foot in front for a year. Not only can they wear the label for a year, but they can also present their innovation at G-STIC2022 and receive promotional support through Cleantech Flanders channels. In addition, the winner may present his or her company in a 2-minute company report that can be used for promotional purposes.