The 2018 Zayed Future Energy Prize finalists in the Small and Medium Enterprise, Nonprofit, and Global High Schools categories have just been announced.

The next step in the ZFEP evaluation process is that the ZFEP Jury, led by Ólafur Grímsson, the 5th President of the Republic of Iceland, will debate the merits and limitations of the finalists to choose the winners.

The finalists made their way through rigorous rounds of evaluation from BNEF, the Selection Committee, and the Review Committee to arrive at the final stage.

These finalists are chosen from a pool of thousands of submissions.

You can check out the 2018 finalists below, but I’m first including a video I recorded earlier this year of Ólafur Grímsson, the 5th President of the Republic of Iceland, talking about the historic cleantech shift we’re in the midst of and explaining the significance of the finalists and the prize in that shift.

This comes from his presentation to the finalists of the 2017 ZFEP. Check it out.

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