Kathryn Ramsted, Editorial Associate, District Energy
From this year’s Innovation Award winner Princeton University to three honorable mention designees, IDEA members exemplify industry-leading ingenuity.
The word “innovation” has its roots in the Latin novus, meaning “new.” Within the membership of the International District Energy Association, innovation – the introduction of new technologies, member collaborations, engineering approaches or operational practices – is in no short supply. Three years ago, IDEA established its Innovation Award as a platform for showcasing and sharing such creative solutions developed by association members. The award is presented at IDEA’s Annual Conference and Trade Show to a winner selected on the basis of criteria in four categories: ingenuity, measurable success, replicability, and economic and environmental benefits.