Consensus GreenTech Awards

2014 Winners Announced

The 2013/2014 Consensus GreenTech Awards were judged on 21st March 2014 and were presented by Senator Simon Birmingham, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment on Thursday 5th June. The Awards were hosted by Insurance Australia Group (IAG). Senator Brinmingham is also The Hon Malcolm Turnbull's representative in the Senate.

The Awards identify the most innovative GreenTech solutions in Australia and New Zealand. They are endorsed and supported by Australian Consensus Technology Association, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Wholesale Investor and Northern Sydney Institute part of TAFE.

CSA Finalists

Ken Richards (left) recives his Consensus Award from Senator Birmingham

Page down for the Citations of the Winner and Highly Commended. If you would like to receive an Entry Form for the next set of Awards or recieve any further information, please send us an email.

Click here for the results of the 2009 Consensus GreenTech Awards

Click here for the results of the 2010 Consensus GreenTech Awards

2015/2016 Timetable

Event Date
Nominations Open
February 2015
Nominations Close
End January 2016
Final judging
Venue: Northern Sydney Institute - div TAFE, St.Leonards NSW 2065
12th February 2016
Announcements and Presentations in Sydney
Venue: TBC
Early March 2016
Post Awards Media March 2016

Our thanks go to the Judges that particpated in the final evaluation in 2014:

- Ray David (Chair)
- Richard Hayes
- Terry Daley
- Will Horton
- Richard Hale
- Robert Nicholson
- Joseph Najem


The Glyerol Pretreatment Process from Leaf Energy Limited

DECSRIPTION: Much work has been done, worldwide, on converting abundant waste biomass to usable bio-materials in the shape of fuels, plastic, chemicals and much more, however one key bottleneck remains, the initial conversion of that biomass to sugars – the pretreatment. The solution to this bottleneck presents an opportunity to unlock the lower energy, lower cost, lower emission production of biofuels, biomaterials and green chemicals.

Leaf Energy is positioned to capitalise on this shift to the green economy by commercialising a pre-treatment technology that enables waste plant matter to be converted efficiently and economically to higher value biofuels, biomaterials and green chemicals - The Glycerol Pretreatment Process.

JUDGES' CITATION: "Leaf Energy Ltd demonstrated innovation and entrepreneurship through the use of industrial ecology principles. The process involves the reuse of waste agricultural products to create feed stock for other industries. The patented innovation includes lower energy usage, a lower operating and capital costs.

The Panel was particularly impressed by the vision and potential especially for a small organisation. We congratulate Ken and his team on their award."

Highly Commended

EcoCooler from Vahid Vakiloroaya

DECSRIPTION: Work has been undertaken at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), to design and develop the performance of a solar-powered single-effect hot water absorption air conditioning system. In this system, evacuated solar collectors are combined with a single-effect hot water absorption chiller.

In our solar-powered air-conditioner, the electricity usage is decreased around 98% while the greenhouse gas emission is reduced about 81% and thus we named the system as the EcoCooler. This system does not use any hot water storage tank and auxiliary heat exchanger. This is due to a novel and innovative design in which grooved pipes have been used for system manufacturing. This project has been supported partially by The NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.

JUDGES' CITATION: "EcoCooler combines vacuum solar collectors with a lithium bromide based absorption air conditioning system. Substituting solar energy for the traditional AC power source results in substantially lower operating costs and a smaller carbon footprint. The innovation of the solar vacuum tube collectors, with internal and external grooved tubes, greatly increases the heat transfer capability and eliminates the need for a water tank storage and associated heat exchanger.

While the technology demonstrates promise, a well considered "go to market" plan needs to be prepared that clearly identifies the priority target markets. Commercial production planning will confirm the true financial benefits, given the relatively high initial capital cost for users. Also, the final commercial design will balance issues such as roof space requirements for solar energy production and other critical operational issues.

The Panel feels that with further commercialisation work and a better market focus, the product may be able to demonstrate a viable market in Australia and overseas."

End of Results