Central Coast hydrogen company, Star Scientific, has been selected as a finalist for the 24th annual SXSW Innovation Awards, to take place in Austin, Texas, in March.
The Berkeley Vale-based company is a finalist in the New Economy category for its innovative Hydrogen Energy Release Optimiser, or HERO®.
The awards recognise and celebrate the most exciting tech developments in the connected world.
The New Economy category recognises those redefining the exchange of goods and services, from the sharing economy, to virtual currency, to micro-finance, to mobile-device-payment systems, and beyond.
Of hundreds of applications submitted, Star Scientific was one of 65 finalists selected across 13 categories by a panel of judges composed of industry peers and experts.
Each entry was graded on four criteria: creativity; form; function; and overall experience.
The Finalist Showcase provides an in-person experience for the judges to complete their second round of voting to determine the winner of all 13 categories.
The winners in each of the 13 categories, plus additional honours will be announced on March 14.
Star Scientific Global Group Chairman Andrew Horvath said being named a finalist was a reward for all the effort the staff has put into producing the ground-breaking HERO®.
“This is an exciting time to be pioneering hydrogen technology and I am very proud of the Star Scientific team,” he said.
“We are seeing a shift toward hydrogen as the energy choice of the future and we are very excited by the opportunities that HERO® will bring.
“HERO® is the missing link in the hydrogen supply chain, turning green hydrogen into continuous industrial heat without combustion.
“The world is yet to grasp the reality that data centres are the ‘new steel’.
“Data centres are looking to get off the grid, but solar, wind and batteries won’t serve their needs alone – which is why they are so interested in green hydrogen.
“Our HERO® hydrogen technology will close the gap in carbon-free 24/7 intensive energy needs for the digital economy.”
For more information about the SXSW Innovation Awards and to view the complete list of 2022 finalists, visit www.sxsw.com/awards/innovation-awards/.
Media release, Jan 20