An issue of planetary importance
The Marine Technology Newspresents the X-Prize competition, and the global impact of ocean acidification, citing the competition sponsor, Ms. Wendy Schmidt: “Ocean acidity is a serious threat we are only beginning to understand,” said ocean philanthropist Wendy Schmidt. “It could have significant ecological and societal implications, changing the health of entire ecosystems, affecting the global economy and the biodiversity of the planet.”
fluidion competes in the X-PRIZE competition with its patented technology allowing automated field sensor calibrations, which enables laboratory-precision measurements to be performed in-situ. Paul Bunje, the competition Director, positively appreciated the variety of proposed technologies: “The wide range of technologies submitted for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE is really exciting, especially the nontraditional approaches. Many teams are using new methods and materials, such as nanotechnology, while others are adapting techniques commonly used in other industries.”
fluidion, the Paris teamThe CNET site, most prominent internet high-technology forum, notes the presence of fluidion within the X-PRIZE competition, among a varied group of world-level industrial and academic competitors: "The 18 teams come from six countries and 11 US states and range from a group of teenagers from Seaside, Calif., to a San Diego outfit developing sensors embedded in surfboards. Others include a team from the Paris, France-based tech startup fluidion, which specializes in micro- and nanotechnologies, engineering of sensors for extreme environments, and deep-water operations; an Austrian team of students and faculty from Graz University of Technology's Institute of Analytical Chemistry and Food Chemistry; and others."
A real technological challengefluidion was selected among the few teams that were allowed to compete, after an initial eliminatory phase, continues CNET: "[...]77 teams initially entered the Wendy Schmidt prize. But because of the high bar for qualifying for the competition, including providing highly technical documentation and convincing Bunje and his fellow judges the entrants could actually build what they proposed, that number was slashed to 18 teams with a total of 21 different entries[...]"
Smart ideas for a sustainable city
"fluidion a young start-up based in Eastern Paris, laureate of the 2012 French Research Ministry Start-Up Prize, has developed a technology enabling automtic sampling for environmental monitoring of water basins, rivers or sea water without electrical consumption. This device will be tested in the Essonne River in a few weeks time, and the commercial product should be ready by this summer. This shows that the national water market is not only dominated by a few historical leaders (Veolia, Suez Environnement), but that there is also space for innovative entrepreneurs."