Energy and Innovation Awards is the hall of fame of cases!

REGISTRATION IS OVER, thank you for all the applicants and good luck with the competition!

Who will win the Oscar of energy technology? This will be announced in the award ceremony on Tuesday, March 20th. You don’t want to miss this!

The Jury

Mathias Grädler

Innovation Director, Wapice

Mathias Grädler is Innovation Director at Wapice helping companies to innovate and transform into digital champions. Mathias is a renown Internet of Things, Smart Cities and Smart Energy expert, conference speaker and inventor. He holds an executive MBA in Energy Business from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology from University of Applied Sciences, Vaasa.


Jyrki Hirviniemi

Product Manager, VEO Oy

Jyrki works at VEO as a Product Manager responsible for low voltage switchgears.

He  has over twenty years of experience in the field of low voltage and medium voltage switchgears.


Mikko Pieskä

Energy Expert, Vaasan Sähkö Oy

Mikko works as an energy expert at Vaasan Sähkö, specifically for district heat. Mikko has over 10 year experience from energy use in buildings. In the past Mikko has been working for university, rapidly growing SME in renewable sector and technology center. Mikko is MSc from University of Vaasa.

Niklas Wägar

Director, Technology & Product Management, Wärtsilä

Niklas Wägar is Director of Wärtsilä Energys Solutions’ Engine Power Plant, Technology & Product Management. The entire turn-key power plant solution from engines through auxiliaries to the wires is developed with his team of experts. He is a Global Smart Power Generation Ambassador and has been working with Energy challenges and opportunities since 1995 and was previously responsible for the R&D activities, roadmaps and strategies related to Electrical & Automation concepts.


Krish Sankaran

Founding Director of the Radical Innovations Group.

Sankaran, a Swiss national, has lived and worked in eight countries in three continents. He has visiting professorships in ETH Zurich, Switzerland and the Indian Institute of Technology – IIT Bombay, India. He is the Founder-CEO of a Swiss-based R&D venture named Prajñālaya (in Sanskrit meaning the Temple of Energy). He works in the domain of energy technologies and energy business innovations. Particularly, he has been active in the areas of energy harvesting, conversion, and storage, energy modelling and developing energy and infrastructure public private partnerships.


Anna-Kaisa Valkama

Program Director, Technology Center Merinova

Anna-Kaisa leads development projects and is responsible for the preparation of the comprehensive energy projects. She has an extensive network, both internationally and nationally, and is particularly versed in electrical engineering.

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