by Pam Zubeck
Neumann Systems Group, Inc., the homegrown company that's invented a brand of emissions-control technology, says it's NeuStream System has been nominated for an Edison Award. The awards recognize "game changing" products, services, design and innovation in multiple arenas.
The nomination was recommended by an unnamed member of the Edison Awards steering committee, Neumann says in a press release.
Neumann Systems Group, owned by Dave Neumann, a retired Air Force officer and professor at the Air Force Academy, developed technology that's cheaper, smaller and more efficient than competitors at removing sulfur dioxide from coal-fired power plants. The equipment is currently being installed on the city-owned Colorado Springs Utilities' Martin Drake Power Plant, its testing ground for several years.
From Neumann's release:
NeuStream is a disruptive 'platform' technology, meaning it has potential for revolutionary impact in a wide-range of product areas important to the industrial and economic well-being of the United States and the rest of the world. NeuStream technology enables cost effective capture of pollutants from fossil fuel plants including greenhouse gases and it enables the cost effective use of these captured pollutants in the production of chemicals such as fertilizers and sulfuric and nitric acids; building materials such as gypsum; rare earth and strategic metals needed for energy efficiency, electric vehicle and wind and solar applications.
The Edison Award, named for Thomas Alva Edison (who held 1,093 U.S. patents), is considered among the highest honors a company can receive for new product development.
Past winners include the 2012 Ford Focus electric car, Apple's iPad and OnStar, the in-vehicle security, communications and diagnostics system.
Finalists will be named in early February. The awards are sponsored by Nielsen, Discovery Communication, Science Channel, USA Today and applepeak.
Yes, this is the same company that Colorado Springs Councilor Tim Leigh has accused of hoodwinking the city, saying its "experimental" technology hasn't been vetted by a third party. That claim isn't true; the NeuStream has been vetted by outsiders. Neumann recently called for an ethics investigation into Leigh's statements, which he contends are designed to persuade the Utilities Board, comprised of City Council, to abandon the Drake project.
Leigh has been promoting Mayor Steve Bach's desire for a sports stadium in lower downtown where Drake now sits, adjacent to property owned by the Jenkins land-development family, which funded the $1-million strong-mayor government change that led to Bach being elected mayor in 2011.
In his ethics complaint, Neumann notes that Hoff & Leigh, for whom Leigh works, has several properties listed in the vicinity of the lower downtown area, which Neumann says poses a financial conflict of interest for Leigh.
Leigh hasn't returned our e-mail seeking his comment on the ethics complaint, which has been forwarded to the city's Independent Ethics Commission for review. If he gets back, we'll post his response.