European Cleantech Challenge 2011 : profiles of last year’s finalists

The European Cleantech Challenge is part of Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative, a comprehensive program aimed at start-ups looking for concrete business development and fund raising opportunities. Every few months, a rigorous selection and training process leads the best start-ups to high-profile, technology-specific events called Arena Meetings, where they can pitch to international top investors and corporations in Milan, Frankfurt, Paris, London, San Francisco and New York.

This week, we would like to report the profile of the 10 start-ups that have been selected by Intesa’s expert judging panel in the 2011 edition to take part in this year’s International Investor Roadshow (series of Arena meetings). Today, we will focus on 8 start-ups who were identified as the best CleanTech startups among 30 participants in the European Cleantech Challenge 2011.

For more information about any of these startups please contact Intesa Sanpaolo or send us an email at carole.nguyen@skipso.com

A+ SUN SYSTEMS

Founded in 2010 in Italy, A+ Sun Systems designs, produces and commercializes innovative high-quality mounting systems for photovoltaic plants on roof tops and grounds. Their solution, a tensile structure to support photovoltaic panels, is capable of being safely anchored to any type of roof, including round shapes, those not robust enough for the weight of ballast or not suitable to be drilled. The company has developed an extremely light, money-saving, quick to mount on any roof and high-quality tensile structure to support solar modules.

Whether in the office, factory or at the installation site, the A+ Sun Systems team enthusiastically creates and applies innovative technical solutions to better serve their clients and make their photovoltaic installations more competitive.

GENPORT

Founded in 2009, Genport is headquartered in Italy and in the US.
Genport is the Italian progressive spin-off of Politecnico di Milano, developer and manufacturer of an advanced, lightweight technology for portable power generation and storage in medical, defense, emergency, telecommunication and industrial applications.

GENPORT combines Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) and Ion Lithium technologies, in order to provide advance power solution to any off-grid external equipment up to 1000 Watt, with superior performance, reliability and satisfy such requirements as long life, design flexibility, high energy density, compact configuration, high cycling, high rate discharge, reducing to zero both noise and emissions and operating in extreme environmental conditions.

QUALISTEO

Based in France and founded in 2010, Qualisteo is an eco-innovative start-up company taking an active role in the electricity «smart grid» endeavour. Qualisteo is the first spin-off of the Econoving Industrial Chair. Its mission is to help electricity consumers take ownership and control of their consumption patterns, thereby managing and reducing their ecological footprint.
Qualisteo has engineered an innovative and patented solution, the Lynx Wattseeker, which makes it possible to measure and tell apart, predict and control power consumption of multiple devices from a single measurement point, in real-time. Qualisteo products and services enable cost efficient, non-intrusive and meaningful measurement of electricity flows by usage and efficiency, in any building.

PONTOON POWER

Established in 2010, Pontoon Power is a Norwegian company. The company’s primary purpose is to develop electric power production based on offshore wave power by means of their patent pending wave power converter, the Pontoon Power Converter (PPC) for operation in open ocean.

The 15-20MW Pontoon Power Converter is a floating wave energy converter based on working pontoons, hydraulic pumping cylinders, hydroelectric turbine and generator mounted on a patent pending ballasting and load-bearing structure, with slack moorings suitable for a wide range of water depths and many offshore locations.

In October 2011, the company was ranked as the “Best Cleantech Start-Up 2011” at the first Arena meeting that took place in Milan, Italy.

UNDERGROUND POWER

Established in Italy in 2011, Underground Power ‘s mission is to become a leader in production of energy harvesting devices based on linear motion. Their main objective is to develop and market their patented, innovative product LYBRA which is an energy harvesting device similar to a flat speedbump that recovers the energy wasted by vehicles brakes in decelerating lanes, reduces the speed and produces electric energy.

Underground Power offers a solution to traffic problems, providing a product that reduces vehicles’ speed by converting into electricity the kinetic energy wasted by brakes, achieving both road safety and traffic CO2 compensation.

VOLTALINK

Founded in 2011, Voltalink develops and commercializes innovative solutions for solar panels Metering, Automation and Supervision (“MAS systems”). The Italian company’s objective is to develop, produce and commercialize a family of electronic products and information technology services to remotely monitor and safely manage each single panel in real time inside a photovoltaic installation to assure the highest energy productivity and reduce maintenance costs and safety risks.

BLACK SILICON SOLAR

Founded in 2011 in Sweden, this company is an expert in the photovoltaic sector. Their mission : finding innovative ways to improve the absorption of light in silicon solar cells at a reduced cost. They have developed next generation anti-reflective coatings for solar cell that drastically increase the amount of light a solar cell can absorb (up to 15% more efficient than existing techniques). Their patent pending technology has already received multiples cleantech awards and has been identified as one of the most promising cleantech innovations of 2011.

CLEAN POWER TECH

Established in 2011 in Italy, Clean Power Tech has developed a patented low-emission diesel engine that allows substantial reduction in production, maintaining high-engine efficiency. Their innovative solution focuses on a new combustion strategy able to couple intrinsically low soot and NOx emissions resulting in a substantial cut in environmental pollution while keeping high-efficiency and power density.

Cleantech Grants, Awards, Incentives – Monthly Update (October 2011)

The following grants and incentives have been added to the Skipso’s Cleantech grants database:

  •  12 new Cleantech Grants, Awards and Incentives
  •  Focus: 4 R&D Grants,  3 Prizes / Awards, 1 Loan, 1 Installation Project, 1 Production Incentive, 1 Start-up Grant, 1 Other
  • 15 grants and awards approaching application deadline
  • The Skipso funding section has reached 906 Cleantech grants, awards, incentives, all are accessible for free on: http://www.skipso.com/grants/grid.html


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Cleantech Grants, Awards, Incentives – Monthly Update (July 2011)

This month on Skipso:

  • 16 new Cleantech Grants, Awards and Incentives added to Skipso’s funding database
  • Focus: 1 Business Plan Competition, 6 Prizes / Awards, 6 Research & Development Grants, 2 Installation Projects, 1 Start-up Grant
  • 20 grants and awards approaching application deadline

The Skipso funding section this week has reached 886 Cleantech grants, awards, incentives, all are accessible for free on Skipso’s funding section.

Skipso Monthly Digest – Cleantech Grants, Awards, Incentives (July 2011)

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Cleantech Grants, Awards, Incentives – Monthly Digest

This month on Skipso:

  • 7 new Cleantech Grants, Awards and Incentives added to Skipso’s funding database
  • Focus this week: EU Carbon Capture & Storage Funding, UK Start-up Funding Programme and Innovation Awards, Oregon Wave Energy Grants, Italian Environmental Fund, Scotland Low Carbon Skills Fund, Nordic Cleantech Open
  • 12 grants and awards approaching application deadline
  • 2 Open Innovation Challenges live on Skipso

The Skipso funding section this week has reached 780 Cleantech grants, awards, incentives, all are accessible for free on Skipso’s Grants section.


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Cleantech Grants, Awards, Incentives – October Monthly Update

This month on Skipso:

  • 12 new Cleantech Grants, Awards and Incentives added to Skipso’s funding database
  • Focus this week: Vestas Wind Competition, EU FP7 Programme and other EU Research Grants, Danish and Scandinavian Grants and Funding Programmes, UK Carbon Trust Wind Competition, US Market Access Competition, Scottish Marine Wave Prize
  • 12 grants and awards approaching application deadline

The Skipso funding section this week has reached 770 Cleantech grants, awards, incentives, all are accessible for free on Skipso’s Funding District section http://www.skipso.com/grants/grid.html

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Cleantech Grants, Awards, Incentives – Weekly Update (March 19th)

This week on Skipso:

  • 7 new Cleantech Grants, Awards and Incentives added to Skipso’s funding database
  • Focus this week: US and UK Cleantech Start-up Competitions, US State Incentives (Minnesota), new Scotland Waste, Recycling and Air Quality grants
  • Live Skipso Open Innovation Challenges: University CleanTech Challenge – Phase 2 (£5k Cash Award) The Green Lighting Challenge ($10k Cash Award)
  • 10 grants and awards approaching application deadline

The Skipso funding section this week has reached 640 Cleantech grants, awards, incentives and over $39b in value, all are accessible for free on http://www.skipso.com/grants/grid.html

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Cleantech Grants, Awards, Incentives – Weekly Update (Feb 19th, 2010)

This week on Skipso:

  • 8 new Cleantech Grants, Awards and Incentives added to Skipso’s funding database
  • Focus this week: European Solar Prize, UK Wave & Tidal R&D Funds, UK R&D Crop Protection Competition, Colorado Water Conservation Grants, Australian Water Efficiency Grants
  • Skipso Open Innovation Challenges are live: University CleanTech Challenge (£5k Cash Award) The Green Lighting Challenge ($10k Cash Award) and the Concepts for CO2 Offsetting Challenge ($5k Cash Award)
  • 12 grants and awards approaching application deadline

Cleantech Grants, Awards, Incentives – Weekly Update (Feb 19th, 2010)


The Skipso funding section this week has reached 607 Cleantech grants, awards, incentives and over $39b in value, all are accessible for free on Skipso’s funding section

If you are interested in creating your own Cleantech Challenge, reaching out to thousands of cleantech experts and professionals around the world, contact us on info@skipso.com

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