The “Aquila Capital Transformation Award” supports research to solve the climate crisis through innovation

  • Aquila Capital supports innovative scientific concepts and academic research
  • The third edition of this award promoted by Aquila Capital contributes to finding solutions to mitigate climate change
  • This prize has a value of €20,000

Aquila Capital today announced the third edition of the Aquila Capital Transformation Award for research.

With the theme “Solving the Climate Crisis through Innovation”, the award aims to recognize academic research that contributes to finding solutions that mitigate climate change. Until 31 October 2022, scientists and researchers can apply for this €20,000 prize.

The Aquila Capital Transformation Award aims to obtain and support innovative research focused on non-conventional applicable solutions to combat climate change, providing financial support for research and collaborating in the practical implementation phase of the solutions.

Immediate and decisive action, especially in the decade we live in, will be critical to limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Current forecasts call for deep emission reductions across all sectors, requiring greater innovation around sources such as low-carbon electricity and the management of this element. With this award, Aquila Capital intends to take another step toward finding effective solutions to the decarbonization of the global economy.

Roman Rosslenbroich, Co-founder and CEO of Aquila Capital, comments: “Climate change is a huge challenge for humanity. There is an urgent need for new ways of thinking. Technological innovation can help us find solutions that serve the good and offer interesting opportunities for companies committed to the decarbonization of the economy. To pave this way, greater cooperation between science, academia, and business is needed. The Aquila Capital Transformation Award is, therefore, a way for us to actively contribute to this cause“.

This call for proposals is addressed to scientists and researchers around the world whose work is directly related to sustainability, climate change, and the energy transition.

As in previous editions of this award, the jury will be made up of Professor Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber, Director Emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research; by Professor Eicke R. Weber, former Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE; and Professor Yukari Takamura of the University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives. The jury will be complemented by two academic professionals with strong credentials in the area of ​​the energy transition. Together, they will determine the winners in a multi-stage selection process. The final winner will be announced at the end of the year.

In 2021, the prize was awarded to Dr. Ning Yan, Assistant Professor at the Van’t Hoff Institute of Molecular Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. The jury selected the lead author of the paper A membrane-free flow electrolyzer operating at high current density using earth-abundant for water splitting as the best among a large number of submissions from world-renowned universities and institutes. The jury concluded that Ning Yan and his team came up with an exciting and innovative way to produce green hydrogen more economically and on a larger scale, combining the advantages of different electrolyzer concepts.

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