The ECO-Auger® Hydrokinetic System was awarded 1st Prize – from out of 150 entrants – for the prestigious ConocoPhillips Energy Prize of 2009, winning $125,000 to complete its concept!

Chosen as a one of five finalists, the ECO-Auger team, led by Scott Anderson, was presented the top award at a ceremony held at ConocoPhillips’ corporate offices in Houston, Texas on October 20, 2009.

The ConocoPhillips Energy Prize is a joint initiative of ConocoPhillips and Penn State, which recognize new ideas and original, actionable solutions that can help improve the way the nation develops and uses energy.

“We intend to use the awarded funds to push harder, faster and further to prove the validity of this device to capture clean, renewable energy for all mankind,” concluded Anderson.

In addition, the ECO-Auger was featured in Popular Science magazine’s 4th annual “Inventions of the Year” issue, published in 2010.

The editors of Popular Science put hundreds of inventions through a rigorous vetting process. The ECO-Auger was awarded top honors for innovation and viability. Popular Science magazine’s follow-up article stated, “The arrangement lets the turbine capture energy in shallow waters, and to tether to bridges and other structures so that the auger is relatively easy to lift out of the water for maintenance. Whereas most bladed turbines need at least 30 feet of water to operate, Anderson’s smallest units need only 10 feet.”

You can read the full article here.

These accolades from ConocoPhillips and Popular Science prove that the world is eager for this technology.