Pierre-Yves Cousteau - TurbosailPlan: Turbosail provides their customers with Turbosail™, the most efficient wind propulsion technology for seagoing vessel operators, which is proven to deliver 30% average reduction in fuel consumption as prototype. The maritime industry is on a mission to reduce fuel consumption in response to the rising cost of fuel, which today accounts for 50% of a shipping company cost. Upcoming tighter regulations, in particular on CO2 and sulphur, are expected to further increase the burden. Turbosail will build a capital light business to initially serve the tanker and bulker segment composed of 21,000 ships worldwide.

Bio: I love the oceans, I love diving, and I want children to grow up in a world where they can enjoy it as I have and do. After my studies in biochemistry and space, in 2010 I founded Cousteau Divers, a program that uses affiliated dive centers and ocean scientists (the divers) as observers of the ocean. As a next step, I am now working with two INSEAD classmates on Turbosail™, a clean tech company to dramatically reduce the emissions of the shipping industry, and an opportunity to have an even greater impact on the environment. Because the health of the oceans and the health of humans go hand in hand.

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Being chosen for the finals of the Green Challenge is extremely exciting. Not only to have the opportunity to come together with like-minded entrepreneurs in a healthy competition, but possibly winning a prize could really speed up the process of unlocking the market for hybrid wind propulsion in the shipping industry. I have no doubt that soon, once again, all seagoing vessels will harness the wind. It is going to be a tight race! And it is inspiring to think that whoever the winners are, the world will benefit from the promotion of bold cleantech solutions.


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Diego Acevedo - BluerisePlan: Bluerise develops energy systems that use temperature differences in the oceans to generate electricity and cooling. Covering seventy percent of our globe, the oceans are world’s largest solar collectors and provide a vast amount of clean and renewable energy, day and night.

Bluerise enables tropical islands and coastal regions to become 100% energy independent and save up to 90% on cooling related electricity use. The thermal energy stored in the tropical ocean can be used to generate sustainable electricity, cooling, and fresh water.We specialize in OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion), SWAC (Seawater Air Conditioning) technologies and related Deep Sea Water applications.

Bluerise is currently developing World’s first commercial Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion plant to be located at the premises of Curacao International Airport and has more projects ongoing.

Bio: I'm a 32 year old entrepreneur with passion for renewable energy, technology and integration of people. Being a father I realize the need to work on solutions that can reach millions of people by matching local needs with resources available. I have passion for languages and cultures. I am originally from Colombia and have studied and lived in different places in the world. I currently live in Aruba and prior to that in the Netherlands where before joining Bluerise I studied Sustainable Energy Technologies at the TU Delft.

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Bluerise has a holistic view of the synergetic use of deep, cold, nutrient rich ocean water for sustainable energy, water and food production. The Bluerise team consists of international, like-minded, both seasoned and young entrepreneurs with a proven track record of bringing to the market cutting edge and world changing technologies. Bluerise has created and keeps expanding a strong partner network to develop and sustain these solutions.

Passion, creative thinking, a sustainable mindset and a fresh 21st century look at all system components drives Bluerise to design economical viable and technically feasible solutions. Bluerise proposes a phased approach to growth of Ocean Thermal Energy technologies, having proved the concept with their prototype installation in The Netherlands and starting their first commercial installation in Curacao in preparation for even larger installations.

How do you feel about being a Green Challenge finalist?

I am happy and grateful to the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge for the opportunity to be able to showcase the potential of developing sustainable energy and food solutions from the ocean. I truly believe that the solution we work on is a game-changing alternative that will provide significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and encourages more sustainable thinking about the use of our resources. Being nominated as a finalist in the prestigious Green Challenge gives us validation on being on the right track. Winning the challenge would ensure that our work is accelerated, making the solution available and visible to the greater public.

 

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Devin Malone - One Nights TentPlan: Tens of millions of people camp at music festivals annually. But when the music stops, one in four campers leave their equipment behind as waste. It’s an expensive and inconvenient way to camp, and for the festivals, it’s not only a huge cost, but a PR nightmare. At ONE NIGHTS TENT, we’re pioneering the recyclable campsite. Users pre-purchase their gear online, and we deliver it to them right on the festival campsite. That means no trip to the store, and no carrying from the car. Afterwards, we recycle or compost anything left behind. Our gear is better, cheaper, and more convenient. Why camp any other way?

 

Bio: I'm a passionate, determined young professional who believes in sustainable business. Growing up in Alaska made me appreciate the natural world, and my experience at DSM as a project manager for new business development gives me the skills to grow new ideas and manage complex tasks. I believe the most successful firms of the 21st century will be those that take into account the environmental and social impacts of their entire value chains. That's why I founded ONE NIGHTS TENT: pioneering the recyclable campsite.

 

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How do you feel about being one of the 2014 finalists?

I'm honoured to be considered for such a prestigious award! Winning a prize would mean a huge boost to making the recyclable campsite a reality. And I'm really looking forward to meeting the other finalists and the jury in Amsterdam.

 

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2007 PLGC Michael Hendriks146CityCargo developed a sustainable concept for zero-emission cargo distribution in cities using existing tram rail infrastructure to replace environmentally unfriendly, inefficient trucks with trams and electric vehicles.

2007 PLGC Andy Hobsbawm150The Green Thing was the first initiative to combine marketing psychology, world-class creativity and the self-fuelling energy of online communities to make it easy and enjoyable to be green. The Green Thing's basic principle is to tempt people to do one small thing a month and so build up a programme of sustainable behaviour, one simple step at a time.

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2007 PLGC Michel Smit150Energy Floors believe that consciousness about energy is very important for the creation of a sustainable world. Our goal is to create awareness about energy production and energy consumption by making it interactive and fun and relating it to human scale. By implementing human powered interactive floor as well as inspiring applications at events and locations worldwide, they create unique experiences for our client’s audiences. That way the public is engaged in sustainability and susceptive to the client’s message about energy. In 2009 we successfully launched the world’s first energy generating floor, the Sustainable Dance Floor, which has been used at about 350 events and projects over the past five years.

Next to generating 8 billion joules up to today, the SDF realized fun and awareness regarding energy. The latest development is a pedestrian floor which is the most efficient converter of human footfall into electricity: The Sustainable Energy Floor (SEF). Patents are granted in Europe and the U.S.A.

Energy Floors has a growing list of respected clients in more than 20 countries, such as Nokia, Google, Toyota, Volkswagen, Coca Cola, Heineken, Smirnoff, Philips, E-on, Disney, WWF, Puma and Shell. Energy Floors sells and rents Energy Floors, including Applications and custom made Energy Experiences.

Their believe is that consciousness about energy and the impact humans have on it, are the main conditions for the creation of a sustainable world. Their mission is to create awareness about energy production and energy consumption by making it interactive and fun and relating it to human scale.

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2008 PLGC Peter YeadonSmartScreen is an intelligent shading system for windows and glass facades. Its numerous apertures open to permit sunlight to pass through the membrane when solar heat gain is beneficial for warming interiors. When heat is not needed, the apertures close to prevent sunlight from entering the room. The system requires no electricity.
 
SmartScreen continuously regulates heat transfer through glazed openings, lessening the energy consumed by mechanical cooling systems without consuming any power itself. This energy conservation directly contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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2007 PLGC Damien O'Sullivan150The Solar Lampion is the first lamp that makes integral use of its solar cells, a true case of form follows function! Thereby paving the way for this hitherto ungainly technology to be considered a dignified field for cutting-edge designers.
 
Damian O'Sullivan is a graduate of the Royal College of Art (London) and has made it his mission to design ‘fresh and original work that reaches beyond the pale and predictable’. Clients include: Asics, Camper, Hermès, Paul Smith, Philips, Pioneer, Ricoh, Royal Delft and Versace.
 
Damian O'Sullivan’s work has been awarded many prizes (BraunPrize, Dutch Design Prize, Red Dot) and his work has been exhibited in prestigous museums around the world (Boijmans van Beuningen, Fondation EDF, MoMA, V&A).

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2008 PLGC Jochen Mundinger150Current independent travel and transport planning is time-consuming and tedious and often leads to less-than-ideal results that waste fuel, money and time.

routeRANK is a software tool with an easy-to-use web interface that efficiently finds and ranks the best routes, matching the users' search criteria. Unlike current travel websites that consider only one transport means at a time, routeRANK addresses the entire door-to-door route and fully integrates road, rail and air transport in a one-stop shop. It computes duration, price and CO2 emissions.

routeRANK contributes in three ways to reducing emissions. It provides the first comprehensive, door-to-door comparison of CO2 emissions from integrated air, road and rail travel. Second, it educates people about the emissions generated by their personal travel routes at the moment of booking their trip. Finally, it raises awareness of available public transport options, particularly for airport transfers.

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2009 PLGC Michael MathresThis garlic-derived livestock feed additive drastically reduces the methane production from cows' flatulence and belching. The company says worldwide, cattle produce more carbon emissions than the entire transport sector. The brand could be used to make consumers aware of meat and dairy products’ carbon-neutral aspect.

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2009 PLGC Robin Chase150An in-car open technology platform for which various applications could be developed. Some could help reduce emissions by cutting miles travelled through showing drivers congestion and parking costs, turning fixed costs into variable ones like pay-as-you-drive insurance and car-sharing, restricting vehicle use through car and fleet sharing, and suggesting other travel modes based on real-time data. The plan for Open Road dfidn't make it in the end.


Robin Chase is founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a service that brings together car owners and drivers in a carsharing marketplace. Buzzcar.com empowers individuals to take control of their mobility, without looking to governments or big businesses for solutions. Robin is also founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world, and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community.

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2009 PLGC Sanne CastroSimGas designs and markets mass-produced, affordable and customizable biogas and sanitation systems for households in tropical regions. They enable these households to save money, eradicate indoor air pollution (#1 cause of death and disease in these countries), and reduce carbon emissions and deforestation.

With a SimGas biogas system households can save money, save their health, and have more time for productive activities. A biogas system also creates great fertilizer that can be used for extra crop growth and extra income.

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2010 PLGC Arian KhamooshianPlan: The GWEC is a generator that converts ocean wave energy into energy. The project started in 2010 by an extensive feasibility study at Delft University of Technology, faculty of Aerospace Engineering. A gyroscopic generator was designed to convert the two dimensional motion of ocean waves into electricity. GMT received a 100.000 euro subsidy of AgentschapNL in 2011 to conduct more research on the invention and the GWEC was optimized in design and was named Magnetic Wave Energy Converter (MWEC).  Despite the unique design, the project was put on hold by GMT in 2012 due to high capital needs.

Arian (1989) studied Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology. After being active on some small entrepreneurial projects, he founded GreenMotionTechnologies, which is set up for the research, development and commercialization of the GWEC.

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2010 PLGC Teun Wagenaar120Plan: A window system that adjusts the intensity of incoming light and converts it to electricity.

Teun Wagenaar (1977) studied Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology. He supplemented this, with Technology Management at the ETH in Zurich. He specialised in the technology transfer of highly innovative renewable energy concepts towards SME’s. He continued these activities within the newly founded consulting agency Amazuro. At Home Automation Europe he was responsible for company growth from 'newcomer to an authority in the field of energy management and home automation' as part of the management team. At Peer+ Teun is responsible for implementing pilots, marketing, partnerships and finance.

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2010 PLGC Gunawan Kusuma120Plan: A foldable maritime container, which takes up a quarter of the space of a conventional container.

Gunawan Kusuma (1981) is the CEO of Holland Container Innovations (HCI). HCI is a start up company from Delft University of Technology who is developing foldable containers for land and sea transport.

Kusuma is the co-inventor of core technology that is used in HCI foldable containers, namely Heavy weight balancing mechanism. With his vision and leadership, cooperation with a major special container manufacturer is formed. Additionally, in cooperation with a major shipping line, a pilot project has been arranged. After successful pilot project, direct order is expected from the participating shipping line.

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2011 PLGC Svante Bengtsson150Plan: This heating, cooling and ventilation system for buildings is based on a special heat exchanger that combines these functions and works with an IT component and a heat pump. It takes in air from outside and removes air from indoors to regulate indoor temperature. The company says it reduces energy use by up to 85 per cent. Heat pumps cut the need for external energy by moving heat, and distribution by a heat exchanger reduces it further. Much of the system's energy can be generated from on-site renewable sources, further lowering carbon output.

During the first year at the Stockholm School of Economics Svante studied at 150% speed while starting Rehact with his business partner. He has been member of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation for most of his life and has a profound drive to help save the environment using his expertise as a business manager. In 2011 Rehact was selected as one of the top 25 Cleantech Startups in the Nordic region. He has established networks within the Swedish Green Building Council and is now on their special task force to adapt the international building codes for green buildings.

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Andreas Zachariah - image by Roy BeuskerPlan: This smartphone application detects the user's mode of transport – train, road, plane, underground or foot – and calculates his or her carbon footprint, allowing easy emissions monitoring. Emissions reduction has been shown to be impossible without measurement, the company says. The app aggregates data across groups, so individuals can compare themselves with peers. Companies and event organisers can use it to measure employees' and attendees' emissions.

Biography: Andreas is a GHG management and telecoms expert who founded the business in 2007 after a successful career in finance with Goldman Sachs, UniCredit and Daiwa SMBC. He left finance in 2005 to study Industrial Design at The Royal College of Art, where the Carbon Diem idea was conceived. Since then he has developed, funded, promoted and nurtured Carbon Diem on a full-time basis. Having built and led teams before, I take even greater pride in having assembled a tight group of creative and disciplined specialists who are focused on the mission and have become friends in the process.

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2011 PLGC Marjolein HelderPlan: Plant-e's products use electrodes to harvest electricity from live plants grown in a bed of activated carbon and water. The Green Electricity Roof is designed for generating decentralised power in cities while providing greenery and insulation. A pilot roof has been built. The company aims to deploy the system on a larger scale in areas such as wetlands and flood plains, and in rice paddies, e.g., in Southeast Asia.

Marjolein (1983) graduated as an Environmental Technologist with a minor in Management Studies at Wageningen University in 2008. After that she started her PhD at the sub-department of Environmental Technology of Wageningen University on a technology to produce electricity from living plants. Realising the potential and the application possibilities of the technology, half a year later she founded a company together with her colleague David Strik to rapidly develop the promising technology into tangible products. Since September 2009 she is combining her PhD-study (4 days a week) with her job as co-founder of Plant-e (rest of the time), working on the technology and its products simultaneously. She finished her PhD in December 2012 and has since been devoting all her time to Plant-e in order to make a commercial success of the spin-off company, generating electricity from living plants all over the world.

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2011 PLGC Peter van DommelePlan: The company produces "4D" building surfaces made up of rotating cartridges whose multiple sides face outward at different times in response to the environment. Functions include absorbing solar energy, collecting rainwater, reducing CO2 and displaying messages. They can be installed on surfaces including facades, roofs and fences. The company says an accompanying economic model provides for free clean energy and pollution reduction and encourages companies to go green.

From 1986, Peter worked in several management and operational positions in the international General Construction industry. The red line in his career has always been green. From industrial soil remediation, environmental technology, advanced rural development to sustainable added value production of building products.

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2012 PLGC Stig Westling - image by Roy BeuskerPlan: Skip To Renew makes petroleum-free, non-toxic, biodegradable industrial and mechanical lubricants. Produced from renewable plants and algae and later upcycled into biodiesel, they are net sequesterers of greenhouse gases. The company sells a bicycle chain lubricant and is developing a hydraulic fluid that could have a dramatic environmental impact if US garbage trucks switch to it. The oils can help businesses meet green targets and become energy-independent, and used-oil pickup eliminates disposal costs. The lubricants’ non-toxicity benefits public safety and reduces businesses’ liability.

Update: Skip to Renew are still making the bar and chain oil and selling all over the States. Their hydraulic fluid and greases are not selling as much as the price of petroleum competition is low and going lower. Stig and Skip to Renew will however keep up the good fight.

Stig has also been managing a biodiesel company in San Francisco www.blueskybiofuels.com. They just passed the 3 million gallon mark replacing petroleum diesel with 88% less CO2 than #2 diesel and preventing 27,000 tons of CO2 from going into the atmosphere.

Biography: Stig Westling is the CEO and founder of Skip to Renew. Stig is a chemist with an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise. He is passionate about using green chemistry to create innovative products that are sustainable for the environment and safe for people. Since 2009, Stig has managed the operations for Sirona Fuels, a biodiesel manufacturing company, and has developed two chemical catalysts that reduced dependence on petroleum and brought the organization to profitability in less than two years.

Skip to Renew is Stig's dream of creating a non-toxic, biodegradable industrial lubricant that is safe for use, easy to dispose and can be upcycled into cleaner burning biofuels. With Skip to Renew, Stig has placed first runner-up for the Sustainable Brands business plan competition, first place at the North Bay Investor Hub competition, and a finalist in the SOCAP business plan competition. To share his passion for chemistry and sustainability, Stig teaches an environmental chemistry class and leads an algae research group at Dominican University of California.

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2012 PLGC Orapin Sinamonvech - image by Roy BeuskerPlan: Kokoboard buys agricultural waste, chiefly rice straw, from farmers and turns it into particle board. The product eliminates CO2 emissions by offering farmers an alternative to the customary burning while increasing their income. The boards do not contribute to deforestation or water pollution, take little energy to produce and are bound with formaldehyde-free adhesive. Kokoboard also makes boards from other post-harvest wastes, including coco dust and peanut shells. They can be used in floors, ceilings and walls, feature various textures and colours, and resist moisture and flame better than wood competitors. In 2013, Kokoboard took another step in developing their production line by delivering home-use products and furniture under the brand Piecefull.

Biography: Orapin received her Bachelor Degree in Humanities from Burabha University in Thailand and a Computer Graphics diploma from The Advertising Arts College (TAAC) in San Diego, USA. I received a Creative Show Award in Los Angeles in 1997. She has a Certificate for Developing Climate Solutions from the British Council for the KOKOBOARD start-up. With great support from freelance consultant Professor Kran (Sakorn) Kantachote with his background of engineering and materials, who is Kokoboard's head of research and development, Kokoboard finished the pilot plant of Kokoboard's operational process in 2013 and completed their idea of reducing CO2 emission with renewable energy "bio-gas from rice straw".

Kokoboard is step-up winner for E-Idea Thailand with their project "Creative Heater (Gasifier)" for strawboard production line, sponsored by British Council and LRQA. They also received a grant for the project "Reducing of production cost for strawboard by the use of renewable energy from biomass", sponsored by National Innovation Agency (NIA). Followed by a grant for the "Investigation of Production Process in Rustic Furniture from Eucalyptus Camaldulensis Logs" project.

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2012 PLGC Robert Schwemmer - image by Roy BeuskerPlan: Naporo makes biodegradable building insulation from cattails. Its products have a significantly better CO2 balance than competitors, with a low energy footprint and the capacity to bind significantly more CO2 than other fibres. The insulation stores CO2 longterm while cutting buildings' energy use. Naporo is the world’s only industrial processor of cattails, which grow quickly, in any climate, with no need for fertiliser, and do not compete with food or fuel crops. Naporo has filed patents on its process and products.

Biography: Robert is 37 and originally from Germany. He studied architecture in the Munich / Bavarian. He started his researches on Typha in 2001 and finally founded Naporo in the year 2009. He is inspired by nature and often breaking new grounds with an unorthodox approach.

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Kavita-Shukla Plan: 25% of our world’s food supply is lost to spoilage, leading to staggering energy and resource waste,  billions of tons of CO2 emissions and trillions of gallons of wasted water and fuel. Fenugreen is a social enterprise taking on this massive global challenge with a simple innovation, FreshPaper. Low-cost, intuitive to use, and made with edible organic ingredients, FreshPaper keeps produce fresh 2-4 times longer. This compostable, biodegradable, and recyclable piece of paper works like refrigeration, and has the potential to change how the world keeps its food fresh - dramatically reducing energy waste and global carbon emissions.

Biography: Kavita is the Founder of Fenugreen, a social enterprise taking on global food waste, and the Inventor of FreshPaper, which started as her middle school science project.

Kavita happened upon FreshPaper's active ingredients after accidentally drinking tap water while visiting her grandmother in India. Her grandmother gave her a home remedy - a "spice tea", which kept her from getting sick. After years of research and development, she discovered a new application of her grandmother's generations-old home remedy - a remarkably effective way to keep food fresh for 2-4x longer.

Alison Greenlee - image by Roy BeuskerPlan: Our drop-in product improves considerably one of the most energy and cost-intensive processes in the photovoltaic (PV) industry by doubling the through-put, reducing the amount of silicon waste and thus saving 6 million tons of CO2 annually. It creates a green manufacturing process for this green technology.

Biography: I was born to two geologists in Houston, Texas. Growing up in an energy-focused family in the extreme geographies of Texas, Louisiana, and Saudi Arabia, I was inspired from an early age to pursue energy technologies that give people the ability to harness clean energy from renewable resources.

To better understand global energy, I pursued degrees in engineering and business at MIT, where my work has focused on energy projects ranging from photovoltaic manufacturing, to solar cooking, to ethanol production, to energy storage for offshore wind turbines. The latter project was presented to President Obama during his visit in 2011.

To gain perspective on the scale of global energy, I interned at ExxonMobil and Shell Oil and worked for a MIT solar manufacturing start-up company. My ongoing PhD work in the Photovoltaics Manufacturing Laboratory at MIT is split between developing cost-cutting, photovoltaic manufacturing technologies in the lab and solar solutions for communities in India. As a Tata Fellow, I work tirelessly to create cost-effective solar powered technologies for the people in the world who need it the most. At the age of 25, I am a co-founder of SachSiSolar Inc. and designed the production equipment for the Clean Liner Technology.

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2007 PLGC Damien OSullivan

The Solar Lampion is the first lamp that makes integral use of its solar cells, a true case of form follows function. Thereby paving the way for this hitherto ungainly technology to be considered a dignified field for cutting-edge designers.
 
Damian O'Sullivan is a graduate of the Royal College of Art (London) and has made it his mission to design ‘fresh and original work that reaches beyond the pale and predictable’. Clients include: Asics, Camper, Hermès, Paul Smith, Philips, Pioneer, Ricoh, Royal Delft and Versace.
 
Damian O'Sullivan’s work has been awarded many prizes (BraunPrize, Dutch Design Prize, Red Dot) and his work has been exhibited in prestigous museums around the world (Boijmans van Beuningen, Fondation EDF, MoMA, V&A).

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