The 2011 EARTO Innovation Prize was awarded at a special ceremony at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences on the afternoon of 7th December 2011, followed by an evening reception.
The 2011 EARTO Innovation Prize was awarded to SINTEF for its Superconducting Induction Heater, a major breakthrough towards establishing superconductors as a key technology for sustainable power engineering. Second prize went to TNO for its Fast Atomic Layer Deposition technology and third to Tecnalia for its HYPERSPECTRAL process for electrical and electronic waste recycling (see press release on winners below).
Director General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, Mr. Robert-Jan Smits, presented the 2011 EARTO Innovation Prizes to the winning teams, after sharing his thoughts on the recently published Horizon 2020 proposals and the important role to be played by RTOs.
Key highlights this year were the announcement of EARTO’s new President, Jan Mengelers, President of TNO (see press release below), and the publication of a second edition of Case Studies of high-impact innovations produced with a significant contribution by EARTO members.