Ecological Oscar in the Youth category goes to AIR House



10/10/2014 - On Monday, 6 October 2014, for the sixth year running, ecological Oscars were presented by an international jury of experts at the Vinohrady Theatre in Prague. The AIR House, the energy self-sufficient house of the Czech Technical University (CTU) team, became the winner of the Youth category. The AIR House was designed and built by students for the Solar Decathlon competition. It is now nearing completion in the Prague district of Dejvice where it will serve as the CTU Information Centre.

The overall winner of the E.ON Energy Globe Award Czech Republic 2014 is the unique clean-up initiative, Let's Clean Up The Czech Republic, which strives to eliminate illegal waste dumps and runs an Internet portal with a map of identified sites. This volunteer initiative was also a success among the public and received the highest number of Internet votes for the “Sympathy” award.

The Energy Globe World Award was set up by the Austrian environmentalist, Wolfgang Neumann, in 1999, in order to acknowledge projects and innovative ideas that make a contribution to environmental protection and energy conservation. There are now over 160 participating countries all over the world. The overall winner is selected from among the national champions. The finals of Energy Globe World Award 2014 will be held in the spring of 2015.

The Czech Republic was introduced to the award by E.ON. The competition, held for the sixth time this year, attracted a total of 242 submissions competing in four different categories: Company, Youth, DIY and Community. An international jury made up of independent energy, energy efficiency and energy consultancy experts shortlisted three best projects in each category. The CTU team’s competitors in the Youth category were Blackout, a production of the České Budějovice South Bohemian Theatre, and the secondary school competition, Make Your Own Stirling Engine.

In the Community category, the jury singled out the Modřice passive senior residence. The winning Company project is PURGAZ 50, a new biomethane production technology. The winner of DIY is Let's Clean Up The Czech Republic; and the bladeless turbine, Setur, came out on top in the Idea (work-in-progress) category. The awards ceremony will be broadcast on Channel 1 of Czech Television on 18 October 2014 at 22:05.

We are delighted to have won despite tough competition and we look forward to a long weekend which will be enjoyed by the whole team at the Lipno Lake courtesy of Lipno Servis. We have also become the owners of a Vaillant ecoTEC wall hung condensing boiler and a Gorenje powered by E.ON washing machine which we would like to donate to charity.