Taiwan's ITRI wins big again at this year's R&D 100 Awards

The institute won three awards for its innovative technologies

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ITRI received three 2018 R&D Awards on November 16 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by R&D 100)

ITRI received three 2018 R&D Awards on November 16 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by R&D 100)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) won three awards in this year’s R&D 100 Awards.

ITRI, which is one of the world’s leading centers of hi-tech research, picked up prizes in the categories of Software/Services, IT/Electrical, and Mechanical Devices/Materials. 2018 marks the eleventh year in a row ITRI has won R&D 100 awards. Other successful enterprises this year included NASA, Dow Chemical, Argonne National Laboratory, and MIT.

The innovations the institute was awarded for are:

  1. Automatic Police UAV Patrol System (Software/Services)

    Technology that integrates police patrol functionality into unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). ITRI solved some of the flying range issues drones often exhibit by optimizing the three key areas of automation, along with the charging system and communication modules. Police forces can use the system to boost surveillance capabilities and allow for less human involvement during patrols.
  2. Functional Dyeing Synchronized with CO2 Supercritical Technology (Mechanical Devices/Materials)

    A single-bath, supercritical fluid, dyeing process for PET textiles that uses carbon dioxide instead of water as the dyeing solvent, eliminating wastewater, and helping to cut down on pollution. Textiles are Taiwan’s fourth-biggest export, but traditional dyeing methods result in a lot of wastewater. This technology helps put a stop to that and optimizes the dyeing process, as textiles no longer need drying.
  3. Portable UVC LED Water Sterilizer System (IT/Electrical)

    Portable emergency water sterilizing system powered by UVC LED technology. Current UV sterilizers use mercury lamps which are bulky and require high voltage inputs, but this easy-to-install system is small, while still killing 99.9% of waterborne bacteria. It also saves 50% more energy than past technologies and is more durable.

ITRI President Edwin Liu commented, ““We are thrilled to win at R&D 100 Awards once again. I believe these winning technologies will provide a new force for the transformation of Taiwan’s industry. Through our efforts in promoting startups and upgrading industries, we hope these innovative R&D results can be successfully delivered from lab to market, contributing to economic growth.”

The R&D 100 Awards is known as “the Oscars of the technology industry” and took place in Orlando, Florida between Nov. 15-16. It celebrates pioneering work and revolutionary ideas in science and technology. This year’s ceremony was the 56th edition.

Each year, 100 concepts are chosen from thousands of worldwide pioneering technologies and celebrated for their profound impacts on human life. The award ceremony acts as an important indicator of a technology’s revolutionary status, and in the past, developments such as the fax machine (1975), the LCD screen (1980), the Nicoderm nicotine patch (1993) and HD TV technology (1998) have been celebrated at R&D 100.

Taiwan’s ITRI was founded in 1973 and was vital in emancipating the island’s economy from its manufacturing-driven secondary status to an economy driven by innovation and technology. The institute has incubated over 270 companies.