Past Winners of the UK Dyson Award
Sep 10 2018 Read 484 Times
The UK Dyson Award winner for 2018 has recently been revealed. The O-Wind Turbine, created by students at Lancaster University, was named the national winner, receiving a £2,000 prize. For more information about the award, be sure to check out part one of our Dyson Award series - ‘What is the UK Dyson Award?’.
Entrants vary from water treatment and environmental creations to safety products and healthcare tools - resulting in a plethora of unique winners. In celebration of the Lancaster University students’ success, we are going to take a look back at some of the previous winners of this esteemed award.
2008 - Reactiv
London-based design student Michael Chen won the accolade in 2008 for his Reactiv jacket - designed to combat hostile cycling conditions in the city. He also went on to win the overall James Dyson Award, beating over 20 finalists to the prize.
2009 - Automist
Similarly, Yusuf Mohammed and Paul Thomas took home both the UK award and the grand prize for their in-built kitchen sprinkler system. Activated through heat sensors, high-pressure pumps in the kitchen taps exude enough power to extinguish a fire.
2012 - SafetyNet
Dan Watson created the trawling system whilst in his final year of university in Glasgow. The net is designed to decrease the catching, and discarding, of juvenile and endangered fish by separating them within the net.
2014 - MOM
Winner of both the UK and international award, James Roberts proposed a low-cost, inflatable incubator for premature babies. Roberts’ invention can be collapsed for transportation and runs off battery power, making it ideal for use in refugee camps.
2016 - ISOBAR
William Broadway claimed the UK prize in 2016 for his portable vaccine cooling device. With vaccine programmes in developing countries not reaching global standards for temperature control, the ISOBAR has the potential to save many lives.
2017 - Petit Pli
Last years winner, Ryan Mario Yasin, aims to tackle the cost and environmental impact of mass clothing production. Petit Pli is an outerwear garment that stretches and grows with the child, fitting children from 6-36 months old.
2018 - O-Wind Turbine
The UK prize this year went to Nicolas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani of Lancaster University. Their wind turbine uses both horizontal and vertical winds to generate energy, allowing residents of apartments, for instance, to generate their own sustainable energy.
To find out more about O-Wind and its countless benefits, head to part 3 of our series - ‘Who Won the 2018 UK Dyson Award?’.
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