From a glass globe that harvests energy from the sun and the moon to a car built of Lego blocks, here are our favorite tech pieces from the week.
German architect André Broessel, of Rawlemon, has looked into his crystal ball and seen the future of renewable energy. In this case it’s a spherical sun-tracking solar energy-generating globe — essentially a giant glass marble on a robotic steel frame. But this marble is no toy. It concentrates both sunlight and moonlight up to 10,000 times — making its solar harvesting capabilities 35 percent more efficient than conventional dual-axis photovoltaic designs.
Rawlemon was a finalist in the World Technology Network Award 2013 with the globe’s design and afterward produced this latest version, called Betaray, which can concentrate diffuse light such as that from a cloudy day.
Rawlemon Solar Architecture selected as Finalist for a World Technology
The World Technology Awards Honor Those Individuals & Companies Doing
“the Innovative Work of the Greatest Likely Long-Term Significance”
Presented by the WTN, in Association with TIME, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS
& Kurzweil Technologies
NEW YORK, NY — Thursday October 10, 2013 — The World Technology Network (The
WTN) announced today that Rawlemon Solar Architecture has been named a finalist for a
prestigious 2013 World Technology Award in the “energy corporate” category. Rawlemon
Solar Architecture joins a roster of 50 corporate Finalists (in 10 categories) and 100 individual
Finalists (in 20 categories) deemed by members of the WTN to be doing the “most innovative
work of the greatest likely long term significance”.
The World Technology Awards have been presented annually by the WTN since 2000, as a way
to honor those in 20 different categories of science and technology, and related fields. Nominees
for the 2013 World Technology Awards were selected by the WTN membership (spread over 60
countries) through an intensive, global process lasting many months.
“We are quite excited since we have been nominated for the 2013 World Technology Award,
and that we have been short listed in the “energy – corporate” category. It is a honor to be
recognized by such an esteemed group of one’s peers and by the leadership of the WTN itself”,
said Andre Broessel, Founder and Director of Rawlemon.
The winners of the 2013 World Technology Awards will be announced during a ceremony at the
historic Time-Life Building in New York City on the evening of November 15th
the 12th Annual World Technology Summit, a two-day “thought leadership” conference (Nov.
14/15) held at the TIME Conference center and presented by the WTN in association with TIME
magazine, Fortune, CNN, Science/AAAS, and others.
“This year we are more eager than ever to pay tribute to the talent and innovation of our
individual and corporate honorees” said James P. Clark, Founder and Chairman of the World
Clark continued, “This event is the ultimate global platform to honor visionary contributions
in the science and technology arenas. The World Technology Awards program is not only a
very inspiring way to identify and honor the most innovative people and organizations in the
technology world, but it also is a truly disciplined way for the WTN membership to identify
those who will formally join them, as WTN Fellows, and as part of our global community.
By working to make useful connections among our members, we look forward to assisting
at the close of
Rawlemon Solar Architecture in continuing to help create our collective future and change our
About Rawlemon Solar Architecture
Rawlemon Solar Architecture, ltd. designs and develops solar concentration modules for
building integration. We will plan and generate certified energy autonomous buildings with 99%
“Our goal is to ultimately minimize the footprint renewable energies leave on our environment in
a multimedia world.”
Andre Broessel, architect, founder and director of Rawlemon Solar Architecture, ltd.
About The World Technology Network (The WTN)
The WTN is a curated membership community comprised of the world’s most innovative
individuals and organizations in science, technology, and related fields. The WTN and its
members — visionaries creating the 21st century — are focused on exploring what is imminent,
possible, and important in and around emerging technologies. The WTN exists to “encourage
serendipity” — to catalyze the happy accidents of colliding ideas and new relationships that cause
the biggest breakthroughs for individuals and organizations.
The World Technology Awards exist as a way to honor outstanding innovators, and as a vetting
mechanism to determine the newest WTN members — each year’s Award Winners and Award
Through our events and programs, we give our Members, Award Nominees and Sponsors the
rare opportunity to reach and connect with many of the world’s most influential innovators in
order to extend and amplify their message and work.
To attend and learn more about the 2013 World Technology Summit & Awards, please visit
wtn.net/summit2013/, or contact:
Director of Marketing
Phone: 212-359-1663 ext. 501