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Best Innovators Honoured at Outset of Innovation Forum

Ljubljana, 12 November (STA) - A combustion control device, environmentally-friendly coloured glass and a solution for vacuum cleaners won awards for best innovations as the two-day 8th Slovenian Innovation Forum opened in Ljubljana on Tuesday.

The highest score among 127 entries was awarded to Tech elektronika for Florian, a smart device that secures optimal combustion conditions in the wood-burning stove, increasing combustion efficiency by 20% to enable savings in fuel consumption and lower emissions of exhaust gases.

The award for second best innovation went to RC eNeM new materials development centre, a subsidiary of the glass company Steklarna Hrastnik, for Eco-Colored Glass, an innovative application of environmentally-friendly ferrites in the production of stained glass.

The third best innovation award went to the companies Domel and Nela, which have developed a vacuuming unit in a capsule, which resolves the challenge of building the unit into the cleaner and ensures a quiet operation of the unit without loss of vacuum power.

Aside from the three awards, the SPIRIT investment and tourism promotion agency also presented accolades in five categories.

The award for best innovation by a start-up company went to Aurora 3M+ for electric ion water heater Ecocell, while TM Vista bagged the award for the most innovative business model for the passenger transport system GoOpti.

The Jesenice Development Centre and Acroni, part of the Slovenian Steel Group, bagged the research innovation award for developing a technology for the production, casting, processing and heat treatment of steel for use in high temperature and high pressure applications.

The winner in the services category is Vzgojni zavod Planina, an institution providing an innovative model for the treatment of children and adolescents with mental health and behavioural disorders in their environment that enables them to attend full-time schooling while receiving continuous medical treatment and care.

The award in the creative industries category went to RC eNeM new materials development centre for a new production method that represents a possibility for sustainable growth in the production of crackle effect glass that gives the appearance of broken glass.

Head of the judging panel Matjaž B. Jurič said that the quality level of innovations had been improving and that it showed the support environment was doing its job. He especially praised progress made by micro, small and medium-sized businesses, while he said individual innovators still had difficulties in putting through their ideas on the market.

The award-winning innovations are among the 47 innovations out of 127 entries that are being showcased at the Innovation Forum, which will also feature more than 20 lectures and presentations with topical content in entrepreneurship, innovation and various development themes.

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