Paris, 22 July 2016 - ArcelorMittal France has announced the winners of its inaugural Innovators Award, the Prix des Innovateurs. At an award ceremony in Paris on 20 July 2016, six winners were named, for their work in two emerging sectors: big data and energy storage.
Each of the winning projects is set to make an impact in the months and years to come, from providing more accurate forecasts for wind power, to harnessing unused heat sources to cut energy consumption.
In launching the Prix des Innovateurs, ArcelorMittal is seeking to promote a climate of innovation in France by supporting new projects in industry and services, as well as rewarding those who are developing solutions that may have a genuine impact on society.
In total, 103 candidates including students, researchers and young entrepreneurs, entered the awards, putting forward 53 projects. The 12 best teams were then invited to present their ideas to a jury, resulting in six winners: three in each category.
Several selection criteria were used to choose the most promising and innovative projects: the inventiveness of the project, the maturity of analysis, feasibility, the potential for further development and the quality of presentation.
Prize money of €50,000 goes to the winner of each category and the projects will benefit from the support of ArcelorMittal experts.
In the big data category, the top prize was awarded to wind power forecasting project meteo*swift. The company aims to forecast wind power generation by combining meteorology and artificial intelligence, to provide more accurate data about a wind farm’s expected output.
The second prize in the big data category went to MyTraffic, which aspires to become the tool of reference for identifying commercial property sites through the geo-targeting of catchment areas and auditing of business locations in real time.
Property search website Home in Love took the third prize; Home in Love is a matching site that facilitates property searches through an innovative algorithm, placing the user at the centre of the search to assist in the quest for the perfect home.
Ecostock took the first prize in the energy storage category, for its innovation in reducing energy consumption. The project offers industry a solution that can capture heat losses and cut energy consumption by up to 40%. The system works like a rechargeable battery for heat and can harness unused heat sources above 150°C.
In second place, Airthium offers a compressed air storage system that stores energy in batteries without using any chemical agents. Taking third place in the energy storage category, Stolect offers large capacity electricity storage technology that is particularly suitable for the mass storage of renewable energy.
The winners – in detail
1st Prize: Meteo*swift / 2nd prize: MyTraffic / 3rd prize: Home in Love
Meteo*swift seeks to forecast wind power generation by combining a meteorological approach with a statistical/artificial intelligence approach. Wind power is intermittent and can disrupt the mains network, which needs a constant voltage. In order to offer stability to mains networks, the output of wind farms should be forecast a day in advance. To achieve this, Meteo*swift uses artificial intelligence, offering a genuine breakthrough in the bid to accurately forecast a wind farm’s output. meteo*swift provides forecasts tailored to different types of wind farms, using probabilities and integrating variable electricity prices, to offer a comprehensive decision-making tool for the new electricity markets.
This project was presented by Morgane Barthod, 24, a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne.
MyTraffic aspires to become the tool of reference for identifying commercial sites. The objective is to modernise the commercial property sector by offering an information technology approach to choosing a site, a process that up to now has been conducted by consultancies or companies themselves. A SaaS interactive Platform, MyTraffic facilitates the geo-targeting of catchment areas and auditing of business locations in real time. The MyTraffic technology is based on Big Data analyses that take into account information on external attendance, competition, client profiles and the business environment as well as social media data.
Hakim Saadaoui, 32, a graduate of EDHEC, is the driving force behind MyTraffic.
Home in Love is a matching site that facilitates property searches through an innovative algorithm: it takes into account the characteristics of the property and information about the town and its inhabitants to match this to the sociological profile of the purchasers and tenants as well as to their needs and lifestyles. The recommendation system, using innovative artificial intelligence, places the user at the centre of property research to assist in the quest for the perfect home. Home in Love wants to “unleash a property revolution” and has set itself a mission: to facilitate and streamline rental and transaction processes to save time and increase efficiency, both for individuals and professionals, through new technology and the available environmental data (Big Data).
Nelly Duong, 33, a graduate of ESC Clermont and Université Lumière Lyon 2, is the founder of Home in Love.
1st prize: Ecostock / 2nd prize: Airthium / 3rd prize: Stolect
Ecostock offers industry a solution that can utilise heat losses to save up to 40% of energy consumption. The system works like a rechargeable battery for heat: during the charging phase, flows of hot air and/or fumes heat the materials inside the Ecostock; during the discharge phase, ambient air is injected into the Ecostock to be heated, then used as a clean, safe and efficient heat source at the output. Ecostock is a transportable, profitable and innovative solution that can harness unused heat sources above 150°C, in this way complementing heating networks. It uses materials derived from the circular economy, which makes this solution a key energy transition measure.
The Ecostock solution is presented by Eco Tech Ceram, founded and led by Antoine Meffre, 32, a materials engineer and PhD in process engineering.
Airthium offers a compressed air storage system that stores energy in batteries without using any chemical agents. This resolves the central issue of renewable energy, namely that energy generation patterns do not correspond to consumption. The principle employed is that when energy is available in plentiful supply, it is used to compress air by means of an electric compressor to up to 350 times atmospheric pressure. This air is then stored in containers and decompressed as required, returning the energy to the user in the form of electricity. Less expensive than lithium-ion and equally independent, rechargeable every day for 25 years without ever losing autonomy, free from any toxic, explosive or hazardous materials, and recyclable at the end of the life cycle, these batteries offer a decisive competitive advantage.
The Airthium project was presented by Andreï Klochko, 27, graduate of École Polytechnique and PhD in plasma physics.
Stolect presents large capacity electricity storage technology (a few hundred MWh to several GWh) that is particularly suitable for the mass storage of renewable energy. Electricity is stored in the form of sensible heat in inexpensive refractory materials that return the energy when electricity generation is required. The process has demonstrated efficiency of 70% and a life cycle of 30 years. Construction is based on conventional materials and the environmental footprint is particularly small. More importantly, the system can be implemented without geographical constraint, close to major energy generators and consumers.
Stolect is a project developed by Keynergie, founded and directed by Jean-François Le Romancer, 52, a PhD in aerodynamics, combustion and thermal engineering and a graduate of the IAE.
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Photo: The winners of the Prix des Innovateurs with the award's four judges, at the award ceremony in Paris.