—SkyCool Systems’ Breakthrough Technology Reduces Electricity Use, Ensures Zero Water Loss
Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2017—Not Impossible, in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and Fiserv, today announced that SkyCool Systems is the winner of the inaugural Not Impossible Awards, which recognize and celebrate the people, companies, technology and transformational inventions that help bring positive change to the global community. SkyCool Systems, based in San Francisco, was selected from more than 270 submissions representing more than 40 countries.
SkyCool Systems harnesses an untapped renewable resource, the sky, to improve the efficiency of cooling and refrigeration systems dramatically. Their core product is a roof-mounted panel that is a simple add-on to new and existing cooling systems. It cools water using minimal electricity and without evaporating water.
“Air conditioning and refrigeration systems consume 17% of electricity generated worldwide, and are responsible for 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions,” explained Aaswath Raman, Co-Founder of SkyCool Systems. “With electricity use for cooling projected to grow tenfold by 2050, the status quo is no longer an option – so we took action. We developed a system that uses breakthrough technology to make cooling more sustainable and cost-effective by reducing electricity use and ensuring zero water loss. It can also make off-grid cooling for critical needs possible in underserved areas around the world.”
“The beauty of it is that it’s clean, renewable and operates 24/7,” said Mick Ebeling, Founder and CEO of Not Impossible. “Importantly, it has broader applications and can be applied to industries such as building and refrigeration, so there’s tremendous potential for this company to truly make a difference in the parts of the world that need it most.”
The Not Impossible Awards honor innovations that celebrate technology for the sake of humanity and align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which represent progress towards a better planet. One finalist was selected from each of six categories. In addition to SkyCool Systems, which took home top honors in the Energy category as well as the overall competition, the other category winners were:
TRANSPORTATION – Drones4Humanity
HEALTHCARE – ECOLOO
MOBILITY – Imhanya
COMMUNICATION – REFUNITE
EDUCATION – Rumie
“SkyCool is a self-contained, material science innovation that passively cools. It is among the best-in-class of material advances that will change the role of architecture and civil engineering,” said Nicholas Negroponte, Founder and Chair, MIT Media Lab, and Founder, One Laptop per Child Association, and one of this year’s judges. “Most innovations to date propose to change the color of water, roads and rooftops. This one changes the physics. Bravo.”
In addition to Mr. Negropante, judges for the Not Impossible Awards included:
Kathy Calvin: President & CEO, UN Foundation
Shepard Fairey: Founder, OBEY Clothing
Dan Hilferty: President & CEO, Independence Blue Cross, Inc.
Daniel Kraft, M.D.: Founding Executive Director & Chair, Exponential Medicine
Kate Krukiel: Director of Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft
Jessica O. Matthews: Founder and CEO, Uncharted Play
Jean Oelwang: President and Trustee, Virgin Unite
Britt Zarling: Vice President of Corporate Communications, Fiserv
About Not Impossible: Launched in 2009, Not Impossible Labs makes the impossible possible by creating accessible technology-based solutions primarily in the areas of health, mobility and communication. Not Impossible’s first project The Eyewriter is an open source, low-cost, DIY device that enable individuals with paralysis to communicate and create using only the movement of their eyes. Time Magazine named the Eyewriter one of the "Top 50 Inventions of 2010" and the device is now part of MoMA's permanent collection. Project Daniel inspired the first 3D-printed prosthetic arm for those impacted by war in South Sudan. The Don’s Voice project resulted in a digital communications interface for ALS patient Don Moir, allowing him to audibly communicate. Both projects were awarded SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Learn more at www.notimpossible.com.