Radfan wins $15,000 top prize at EarthHack

11th November, 2013

US crowdsourcing contest honours Heatwave UK’s radiator-top fan

A home heating-related innovation originated by two Newcastle University graduates has scooped the US$15,000 top prize in the US-based EarthHack crowdsourcing competition. The Radfan, which was created by Roland Glancy and Simon Barker and is now marketed by their start-up Heatwave UK, is a low power fan unit designed to fit on top of a conventional radiator to redirect warm air more effectively and so save energy. To date, the company has seen some 2,000 of its units installed in homes.

The online, open innovation EarthHack contest, which was powered by the Marblar platform with backing from The Climate Group, Ikea and Philips, set the challenge to ‘reimagine’ existing technology to create lower carbon homes. The competition had 952 participants from more than 80 countries, with 249 ideas making it through to the initial brainstorming phase, and 25 taken forward to the second stage. Entries were judged by an expert panel including Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith, former director general of CERN and director of energy research at Oxford University.

Robert Trezona, EarthHack judge and cleantech venture capitalist, said: “The winning entry is a great piece of innovation and really achieves the objectives of significant carbon impact combined with rapid scalability.”

Source: Building4Change

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