Eologix named winner of the 2016 EURELECTRIC Industry and Innovation Award

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Eologix, a start-up company that has developed an innovative sensor for icing detection on the surface of wind turbine rotor blades was today awarded the 2016 EURELECTRIC Industry and Innovation Award. Accepting the award, Dr. Thomas Schlegl, Managing Director of Austrian based company Eologix, thanked EURELECTRIC President Antonio Mexia and the audience for this prestigious award.

“It is a great honour for me to accept this award,” said Dr. Thomas Schlegl. The EURELECTRIC conference today addresses innovative technologies and solutions and I am proud to share with you an innovative product design that allows for retrofitting existing wind turbines.” Eologix introduces an easily retrofittable sensor system for all types of wind turbines. The thin, autonomous and retrofittable sensor for icing detection can receive icing and surface temperature information even in locked-rotor state, which can give an early detection of icing from critical blade locations.   

Congratulating Eologix, Mr. Mexia underlined that digitisation and innovation are driving change in the electricity sector. "We need to encourage and honour start-ups such as these," he said.

Eologix is a start-up founded in Austria in 2014. Eologix supplies flexible, adhesive sensors for monitoring surface conditions of wind turbines' rotor blades. Through precise measurement, downtime can be significantly reduced, up to € 20,000 per year saved, and facility wear avoided. Between 70,000 and 100,000 wind turbines worldwide are affected by icy conditions and are thus potential Eologix customers. 

Runners-up to this award include CyberLightning Oy from Finland and Enlighted, based in the US.

A EURELECTRIC Student Award was also handed out at the event and went to Mindaugas Česnavičius, student of the Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) for the best video creation on the topic of digitisation. He thanked the audience for selecting his video and emphasised that for him even being at the EURELECTRIC Annual Conference is in itself a success and opportunity for networking.

Students were asked for a video, infographic or any animation dedicated to the topic of digitisation. Mindaugas Česnavičius was voted winner among shortlisted students from Germany, Spain, Romania and Lithuania.


Note to Editors:

The EURELECTRIC Industry Award was inaugurated at the EURELECTRIC Convention in 2008. Awarded annually, it seeks to honour companies or persons that have made a pioneering contribution towards the development of the electricity industry.

Since 2010, EURELECTRIC has also organised a formal student competition as an integral part of its Annual Convention.