Winners & finalists


NyCast AB, winner of the Kanthal® Award 2019 for their innovative and efficient high temperature gas flow heater with a potential to contribute to an industrial future without greenhouse gas emissions.

The first Kanthal® Student Award winner: Lewis Print, Polymer Researcher at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. By introducing a new element and modifying the existing bonding process, his solution has great potential to improve the design and production of Silicon Carbide heating elements.

What does this year’s finalists have in common? Not much – and everything. Because if you compare their industries and products you will see great differences. But if you look at what drives them to innovate, that’s another story.


A start-up company into High Density Energy Storage field headquarted in Andra Pradesh in Southern India.

A Swedish cleantech company founded in 2006 to develop and market the breakthrough WoodRoll® technology.

Alabama Power is an electric utility headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., U.S., focused on providing innovative energy solutions to improve customers’ lives.


Founded in 2010, Sunfire GmbH develops and manufactures high-temperature electrolysis (SOEC) and high-temperature fuel cells (SOFC).

GB Eco Solutions was founded in 2010, initially dedicated exclusively to the area of ​​remediation and revitalization of contaminated areas (soil and groundwater).

With a 40-year history C-Tech Innovation is one of the UK’s most successful integrated research, technology and innovation organizations with clients across the globe in multiple sectors.


Proton Power (PPI) has developed a patented renewable energy system that produces inexpensive hydrogen on demand from biomass and waste sources.

Glasitt AS produces a foam glass called Glasopor®.

Oparz has developed products that utilize their 3D heater as an engine.


The winner of Kanthal® Award in 2015 was ArcelorMittal Atlantique et Lorraine Desvres site for their innovative use of Kanthal® APMT™ rollers on the galvanizing line.