The Winners

30 October 2018

Congratulations to the Adaptive Power Challenge winners!

After more than six months from the launch of the Adaptive Power Challenge and many months of hard work, creative thinking and determination, the stage was set on October 23rd, 2018 at Cable-Tec Expo in Atlanta for the judging of the final pitch contest.

We are now pleased to announce the winners of the Adaptive Power Challenge 2018 sponsored by SCTE•ISBE, Liberty Global and Comcast.

There were two winners, one in the Enterprise category and the other in the Breakthrough category, who both earned prizes of $10,000 and the opportunity to present their solutions directly to the biggest cable system operators in the world.

Enterprise category

Teleste’s Make Sense won in the Enterprise category for offering three alternatives for operating existing amplifiers with lower bias current when lower network usage allows amps to run below their 1.2 GHz maximum capacity. Teleste maintains that in those situations, power can be reduced while keeping the quality of end-use experience intact.

Breakthrough category Holding B.V.’s Distributed Negative Emission SOFC Power took top honors in the Breakthrough category for addressing demand by using small Solid Oxide Fuel Cells to directly supply additional power at the location where it is required.

You can read more about the winners here.

A milestone for the cable industry

The Challenge provided a platform for the industry, through the ENERGY 2020 programme, to reach out to the communities around us, including our supplier partners, to solve this common challenge. The solutions chosen both have a compelling vision and strong plans for development/implementation that, when realized, could allow us to decouple energy from data usage in our network. This is a clear milestone in the cable industry’s drive to reduce impact and emissions while increasing our energy efficiency.

“Liberty Global is delighted to have been a key partner of the Adaptive Power Challenge. The innovation challenge aimed at finding ground-breaking solutions to match energy demand to service demand in cable networks leveraging APSIS technology. As a responsible corporate citizen, our Liberty Global Connected Purpose strategy commits us to ensure that as our business grows, our environmental impact does not. While as a responsible business, we want to run a lean, efficient operation. As a result, finding ways to be both more energy and cost efficient, and to decrease our impact on the planet is hugely important to us.

Energy is currently responsible for 2% of our operational expenditure and 90% of our carbon emissions comes from the energy that powers our networks. So, the potential payoff of achieving APSIS’ promise to fundamentally upend the network energy equation (i.e. a fixed amount of power consumption regardless of network traffic) for companies like ourselves is immense” Sam Khola, Director of Sustainability at Liberty Global

“Ultimately, the Adaptive Power Challenge has been about enhancing the cable telecommunications power equation,” said Derek DiGiacomo, senior director, energy management programs and business continuity for SCTE•ISBE. “Given the quantity and high quality of the submissions we received, it’s clear that we achieved that objective.”

Once again, we would like to wish congratulations to the winners Teleste and SOFC. We’re looking forward to see how we can work further with these fantastic solutions.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the judges and experts who gave their time and expertise to evaluating all of the innovative solutions received.

The Adaptive Power Challenge team

Judges and Finalists = The Final Pitch


















* Prize Award – photo credit Robb Cohen Photography & Video