Toshiba Wins Three Awards at iF DESIGN AWARD 2021

April 21, 2021

TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) has clinched three distinctions at the iF DESIGN AWARD 2021, reaffirming the company’s commitment to quality and excellent standards in design. The award-winning products are Energy Storage System for Railway with SCiB™ in the discipline of user interface (UI) design; and H2Rex™, a pure hydrogen fuel cell system; HAORI, an inverter air conditioner, in the discipline of product design.


iF DESIGN AWARD, one of the most prestigious international competitions for good design, is sponsored by iF International Forum Design GmbH , the world’s oldest independent design organization based in Hanover, Germany.


Outline of Toshiba’s winning products

1. Energy Storage System for Railway with SCiB™ - joint application with Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corporation

The Energy Storage System (ESS) with SCiB™, Toshiba’s rechargeable battery, charges and discharges regenerative power to provide safe and stable power supply to trains, especially during emergency power failures. A simple monitoring system is essential to ensure continuous operation of the ESS. This graphic user interface (GUI) with strong visual design offers just that by offering a clear, intuitive display of ESS operation. System status such as output power, battery status, fault information, and measured data are displayed in real-time and can be quickly grasped by the users.

2.  H2Rex™ - joint application with Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation

H2Rex™ is a pure hydrogen fuel cell cogeneration system that generates electricity and heat with hydrogen produced from renewable energy. Unlike fossil fuel power plants, H2Rex™ is quiet and does not emit CO2, making it safe to install where people live and work, such as near houses, buildings, and factories. H2Rex™ changes people's conventional image of infrastructure, thanks to its simple, unobtrusive design that blends in with the surroundings. H2Rex™ not only expands the utilization of hydrogen energy but also symbolizes next-generation infrastructure for a sustainable society.

3.  HAORI - joint application with Toshiba Carrier Corporation

Redefining the air conditioner as an item that makes the room more attractive, we have designed HAORI to harmonize with the wall. It is aesthetically designed for a sublime fusion with the room interior. Its fabric cover is formed in the shape of a grill with a smooth gradient to make it look like a continuation of a wall. Users can easily replace a detachable cover according to the room interior and their preference. Owing to a uniquely shaped flap, the air conditioner appearance does not change markedly even when it is on. The chassis blends naturally with the room as it is slim because of a new heat exchanger and chassis structure.


The iF DESIGN AWARD has been a globally recognized trademark when it comes to excellent design since 1954. The iF Design brand is internationally established as a symbol of design excellence. The iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world. It honors design achievements in all the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design, Architecture and Interior Architecture, as well as Professional Concept, User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI). All the award-winning entries are presented in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE and published in the new iF design app.


About Toshiba Corporation

Toshiba Corporation leads a global group of companies that combines knowledge and capabilities from over 140 years of experience in a wide range of businesses—from energy and social infrastructure to electronic devices—with world-class capabilities in information processing, digital and AI technologies. These distinctive strengths support Toshiba’s continued evolution toward becoming an Infrastructure Services Company that promotes data utilization and digitization, and one of the world’s leading cyber-physical-systems technology companies. Guided by the Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future,” Toshiba contributes to society’s positive development with services and solutions that lead to a better world. The Group and its 130,000 employees worldwide secured annual sales surpassing 3.4 trillion yen (US$31.1 billion) in fiscal year 2019.