SCIENCE AND EDUCATION


BHOS students win ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan 2018

Baku, July 6, AZERTAC

Chemical Engineering students of Baku Higher Oil School (BHOS) became winners of the national ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan 2018 competition. The event was arranged within ClimateLaunchpad, the world’s biggest clean-tech business idea competition, which is being held in 46 countries this year. The winning team, including the students Elmar Asgarzade, Huseyn Aliyev, Murad Rahimov, Alexander Oborovsky and their research supervisor, associate professor Amir Reza Vakhshouri presented a ThermoNorth project. Its innovative idea aims at developing micro-encapsulated phase change material. In cold climate conditions, automotive technologies do not work to their full potential, as the engine and gearbox lubricants become cold and more viscous, resulting in higher fuel consumption and greater emissions. The material to be developed by ThermoNorth helps to keep car’s engine at optimal temperature for a long time even in cold weather.

The global ClimateLaunchpad: The Green Business Ideas Competition consists of several stages. It kicks off with a two-day in-country Boot Camp, which is followed by a period of Intensive Coaching and National Final. The winners of the national finals participate in the Grand Final. The ideas can be an innovation in renewable energy, a sustainable transition in the food chain, a mind shift in urban mobility or any other way to tackle climate change.

During the first stage of the competition in Azerbaijan, 83 projects were submitted by national universities and organizations. Their authors attended a 10-week intensive training course, and 13 best teams were invited to participate in the National Final. Following the results of the voting, ThermoNorth was chosen as the best project. Being the winners of the ClimateLaunchpad Azerbaijan 2018, the BHOS team will represent Azerbaijan at the Grand Final, which will be held in Scotland on November 1-2, 2018.

The top ten competitors in the Grand Final will get direct access to the Climate-KIC Accelerator, a program for cleantech start-ups, and will join eight-week intensive training course. They also can apply for grants from Climate-KIC Accelerator totaling up to €95.000 to launch their products worldwide.

Social Innovation Lab, which is a leading startup center in Azerbaijan, is the ClimateLaunchpad partner in the country.

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