Israeli companies win GE challenge


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israeli companies were among the five winners of the GE Ecomagination Challenge.

The challenge, launched last July, is part of General Electric’s work to accelerate development of the next generation power grid and global energy transformation through open collaboration.

An independent panel of judges selected the ideas, which are designed to create a smarter, cleaner and more efficient electric grid.

The winners each will receive $100,000 to develop their ideas. 

The GridON company of Givatayim created a fault-current limiter to protect the electric grid from disruptions and power outages. The technology was developed in collaboration with Bar-Ilan University and Ricor Ltd.

WinFlex of Kiryat Yam produced rotors for wind turbines from light, flexible and inexpensive cloth sheets made of composite materials.

The other award-winning companies were Capstone Metering of Carrollton, Texas; ElectricRoute of Salem and Hollis, N.H.; and IceCode of West Lebanon, N.H. 

Some 4,000 ideas were generated during the challenge.

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