The prize is awarded by the European Patent Office (EPO).
EPO President Benoît Battistelli: "Günter Hufschmid's invention could change the way oil and chemicals are reclaimed after a potentially devastating spill. [...] Cleaning up pollutants can help limit their environmental impact and mitigate the health risks [...] His story also highlights the innovative strength of Europe's SMEs, who can provide technological solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing us today." www.epo.org
Steffen Remdt and Dr. Ernst Krendlinger are holding the trophy for European Inventor of the year in their hands.