Saint-Gobain awards three start-ups
June 3, 2009
Saint-Gobain organized its second innovation competition at the European Research and Innovation Exhibition. The nine start-up finalists fought it out in a "speed-dating" session to gain the approval of the panel of judges comprised of Company senior executives and chaired by Pierre-André de Chalendar, CEO, Saint-Gobain.
The three winning start-ups each received a prize of 15,000 euros, and will work with the team at NOVA External Venturing to form a technological (co-development or license agreement) and/or commercial (integration in a system, or a production and/or distribution agreement) partnership. NOVA External Venturing is a Saint-Gobain entity set up to create strategic partnerships between the Company and start-ups.
The jury singled out a winner for each of the three competition categories: habitat, energy and the environment, based on the quality and originality of their project:
• The 2009 Habitat Award went to M-Therm.
• The 2009 Energy Award was won by TVP Solar.
• The 2009 Environment Award was won by Shark Solutions.
A German start-up created in December 2008, is developing and marketing an innovative electric heating system using low-voltage radiating films applied directly on walls. Available for new construction and renovation projects, it combines excellent thermal comfort in an extremely discreet product.
A Swiss start-up created in June 2008, is developing flat, vacuum thermal solar panels. Able to achieve very high fluid temperatures, they can be used in particular for solar air conditioning. Furthermore, manufacture on existing plasma screen assembly lines helps keep product costs down.
A Danish start-up created in June 2005, is developing technology for recycling laminated windows from buildings and cars, by separating the glass and PVB plastic film in an industrial process. The two products are then recovered as the raw material in a variety of high value added applications.