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World Economic Forum Announces 36 Technology Pioneers for 2006

The World Economic Forum today announced the 36 companies it selected as its Technology Pioneers 2006 from a group of 97 nominees.

The three category areas are Biotechnology and Health; Energy; and Information Technology. Seven of the finalists are energy companies, including Intelligent Energy, the makers of the ENV fuel-cell motorcycle. (Earlier post.)

Previous Technology Pioneers have included: Autonomy, Cambridge Silicon Radio, Encore Software, Google, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Napster.

The Energy Technology Pioneers are:

  • Intelligent Energy, UK. In March 2005, an all-British team led by Intelligent Energy unveiled ENV, a purpose-built fuel-cell motorbike. The ENV (Emissions Neutral Vehicle) bike was engineered and built from the ground up, based around Intelligent Energy’s CORE fuel cell. The CORE, which is radically compact and efficient, is completely detachable from the bike and could be used to power anything from a motorboat to a small domestic property.

  • CMR Fuel Cell Ltd., UK. CMR Fuel Cells Limited is a developer of fuel-cell stacks for portable and small stationary power generation applications.

  • Energy Innovations, US. Energy Innovations was founded in 2000 to deliver cost-effective, grid-competitive solar electric power. The company is developing the world’s first mass-produced rooftop photovoltaic tracking concentrator system, called the Sunflower, designed to bring the cost of solar below that of utility-supplied electricity. Energy Innovations is an operating company of Idealab, a creator and operator of technology businesses.

  • Innovalight Inc., US. The company develops solar energy applications and solid-state lighting based on its novel silicon nanocrystal materials. Innovalight’s first application targets solar energy applications. Innovalight has discovered that the unique light emission and absorption properties of silicon can be tuned at the quantum level. Based on the size of the nanoparticle, the entire emission and absorption spectrum of colors including, that absorbed from sunlight can be achieved. Innovalight believes this technology will have enormous cost-saving effects versus tradition crystalling silicon solutions.

  • Ecology Coatings, US. Ecology Coatings focuses on the development of nano-engineered, ultraviolet curable coatings. Requiring only a few seconds of UV exposure to form a durable barrier, the coating technology drives 99% reductions in time, and an 80% increase in energy efficiency. Ecology Coatings products contain no polluting solvents or VOCs.

  • EnOcean GmbH, Germany. EnOcean produces wireless, battery-less and maintenance-free sensors.

  • MBA Polymers Inc., US. The company recycles engineering plastics from durable goods and other complex waste streams such as electronics; computers and business equipment; automobiles; appliances; and even sports equipment.

The Technology Pioneer companies are invited to participate in the activities of the World Economic Forum for a period of two years, including the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The Technology Pioneers program is run by the World Economic Forum with guidance from Apax Partners and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.

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