Christopher Burtch

CEO, Cross Winds Hydrogen Inc

After 12 years privately researching various means of hydrogen production, Chris now holds the Canadian patent for a process that converts saltwater to hydrogen and oxygen with one-quarter of the energy currently used in electrolysis. Applications for this inexpensive means of producing abundant hydrogen could include fuelling stations and electrical energy storage from renewable sources such as solar panels and wind turbines

Richard Berry

Vice-President, Chief Technology Officer, Celluforce

The development of Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) - a recyclable, non-toxic and renewable material extracted from trees, and thus both biodegradable and harmless, holds immense promise for improving the recyclability of numerous products. The Celluforce developed NCC can displace materials that otherwise hinder recycling or reuse. For example, in multi-material drink containers, the nanocrystals will allow for far greater ease of separation of the disparate parts, and thus enable easy recycling. Added to printer ink, NCC dramatically improves the de-inking process, making it not only substantially cleaner – but also increasing the yield and usability of the paper recovered in the process. Richard is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, leading the company towards commercial trials in the next year.

Phillip Jessop

Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry, Queen's University; Technical Director, GreenCentre Canada

Dr. Jessop invented switchable solvents—liquids that change themselves, whenever needed, from one kind of solvent to another. They make it possible for industry to avoid energy-consuming distillation and the use of smog-forming flammable solvents. He also contributed to the creation of GreenCentre Canada (GCC), a non-profit institute dedicated to helping green chemistry technologies make it from academia to the market with which he remains involved as the Technical Director. GCC has, in its first 2 years, received 260 inventions from 34 universities, accepted 20 for further development, created 20 jobs, and one startup company.

Frank Fish, Inventor
Stephen Dewar, Inventor
Lars Howle, Inventor
Joe Subirana, Inventor

Team Whalepower

Scientists have been trying to develop a new, more efficient turbine shape for 50 years – and WhalePower has succeeded, based on a technology a million years in the making! Led by inventor Frank Fish, the company has patented a new kind of fluid flow management inspired by the bumps (or “tubercles”) on the leading edge of humpback whale flippers. The team's Tubercle TechnologyTM has proven scalability and demonstrated great potential for machines as diverse as wind turbine blades, very large (up to 7.5-meter) fans, diesel cooling fans and small computer fans. Tubercle rotors and blades deliver increased efficiency in the range of 10 to 20% when compared to the best products on the market. The impact? An enormous amount of the energy in computers is used to cool them. WhalePower’s technology applied to an existing computer fan already uses 11% less energy than the absolute best product currently available, with room for further improvements. Overall, Tubercle TechnologyTM has the potential to make significant contributions to green technology in numerous areas from wind generation to tidal / hydro power, both reducing power requirements and generating more green power efficiently.