Tue Johannessen, Ulrich Quaade, Claus Hviid Christensen and Jens Kehlet Nørskov (Denmark)
The Danish research team received the award for the ground-breaking application of ammonia in solid form to reduce air pollution from diesel engines and act as an emissions-free fuel. Released into the exhaust system of diesel engines, it can reduce the amount of harmful emitted NOx (mono-nitrogen oxides; a key component of smog) by up to 99%. Theirs is a true start-up success story powered by patented inventions.
In his acceptance speech, Tue Johannessen stressed that this was “a big team effort” and thanked the team, the investors and everyone involved. He said “it is really important to keep CO2 levels low”. His colleague Ulrich Quaade thanked “our co-inventors, who are not present today”.