Air Liquide has revealed the three winners of its 2018 Scientific Challenge.
The Tier One corporation received 132 proposals from teams of researchers, start-ups and private or public institutes in 34 different countries, aimed at improving air quality and fighting climate change using the essential small molecules, such as oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and carbon dioxide.
Each of the three winners has been awarded a €50,000 ($57,000) grant and has signed a partnership with Air Liquide that will enable them to receive €1.5m in funding, shared between the three projects, to develop their scientific proposals and transform them into market-ready technologies.
For each topic, the winners are:
François Darchis, Senior Vice-President and member of the Air Liquide Group Executive Committee, supervising Innovation, said, “This scientific challenge strengthens the group’s cooperation with the international scientific community (universities, institutes of technology, laboratories).”
“It perfectly illustrates the group’s open innovation approach. This challenge enables us to continue expanding our knowledge related to essential small molecules, with the aim to invent new solutions reducing carbon footprint and addressing the key challenges facing society.”