A team from Delft University of Technology has won the CleanTech Challenge 2013 for their ‘Power Window’ concept. The Netherlands-based students scooped a £10,000 prize to develop their idea for coated windows that produce clean electricity.
Judges were impressed by Power Window’s unique method of combining three technologies (luminescence, fibre optic cables and photovoltaics), as well as the ability to replace normal windows making ‘Power Window’ more cost effective than current competitors.
The CleanTech Challenge is a business plan competition co-run by London Business School and University College London. Students from around the world form teams and develop their clean technology business ideas through a 3-stage competition with participants receiving guidance, feedback and mentorship from industry professionals.
The CleanTech Challenge debuted in 2009 with a goal of generating actual cleantech businesses rather than simply rewarding the best “on paper” business plan. To date, the competition has produced numerous exciting businesses, including Sunuru, the 2012 winner, which produces lightweight, highly customisable solar panels that can be installed by businesses who then sell the resulting green energy to end consumers.
“The CleanTech Challenge was an amazing experience, the inspiring atmosphere and professional guidance helped to bring our plans to the next level. It is fantastic to have the potential of our idea acknowledged by being awarded the first prize by a jury with so much knowledge and expertise in the field of cleantech”, commented the winning team.