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20 April, 2015 - 08:45 By Kate Sweeney

Polysolar takes Canary Wharf challenge by storm


Polysolar,  a Cambridge UK solar energy startup, has been chosen as a winner of Canary Wharf Group’s (CWG) Smart Cities accelerator, the Cognicity Challenge.

Polysolar, a Cambridge clean technology trailblazer, was competing in a 12-week accelerator programme at Canary Wharf under the ‘Sustainable Buildings’ accelerator stream.

Cognicity’s accelerator programme aims to fast-track promising smart city technology businesses by providing a series of intensive workshops, expert mentoring sessions by a team of Canary Wharf specialists and business mentors, and excellent networking opportunities.

At the end of the programme each entrant delivers a business plan and pitches to CWG executives, with the winning projects taken forward to the pilot stage.

The challenge brings together a diverse range of companies, from Big Data firms to renewable energy providers, and encourages them to work in a collaborative environment. Invaluable support is also provided by Intel, one of the world’s largest blue-chip companies, which is collaborating with the Cognicity Challenge to provide best practice guidance and technology to the participants.

Polysolar has developed transparent, thin-film solar PV glass panels which can be integrated into a building’s external structure to generate clean energy.

Its solution can be easily retrofitted into existing buildings as well as being integrated into new-builds. The Cambridge firm has already completed projects for the Barbican and the Future Business Centre. It receives a £50,000 prize and the opportunity to pilot its ground-breaking solar energy technology in one of London’s most forward-thinking districts, Canary Wharf, as part of Canary Wharf Group’s ongoing commitment to adopting the next generation of technology solutions.

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