The eighth annual Ocean Exchange Oct. 8-9 featured 12 worldwide solutions with the ability to generate economic growth and increase productivity while reducing the use of nature’s resources and the production of waste.

The international competition, which took place in Savannah, Ga., had innovators present their solutions and compete for one of two $100,000 awards — the WWL Orcelle Award 2018 and the Neptune Award 2018.

Holland-based startup Jolt Energy Storage Technologies walked away with the WWL Orcelle Award, which focused on making logistic operations more sustainable by advancing high-efficiency or zero-emission technologies.

Tom Guarr, head researcher at Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute (MSUBI) in Holland, is the chief scientist at Jolt. His partner, Jack Johnson, serves as chief engineer.

Their solution? It’s all about batteries.

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