Glass to Power among the winners of Gaetano Marzotto 2017 Award
During the award ceremony of the Gaetano Marzotto 2017 Award, held in Rome, special recognition in the section Marzotto Venture Accelerator Program for the technological innovation of Glass to Power.
Milan, November 24, 2017 – Glass to Power’s transparent photovoltaic windows, based on the patents of professors Sergio Brovelli and Franco Meinardi of the University of Milan Bicocca, are among the winners of the seventh edition of the Gaetano Marzotto Prize in the Marzotto Venture category .
The Gaetano Marzotto Award, founded in 2010, is inspired by the figure of Gaetano Marzotto, eminent entrepreneur of the twentieth century, who was able to connect enterprise and society, culture and territory. The Award aims to create a platform for Italian innovation and to support the emergence of a new business model. An ever-expanding route to open innovation and internationalization, for a real and constructive sharing of knowledge, visions, models, risks and benefits between large corporations and young innovative companies, within an increasingly global network.
The award ceremony was held in Rome, Palazzo Brancaccio, on the evening of Thursday 23rd November.
Glass to Power is a spin-off of the University of Milano Bicocca, founded in September 2016, with the aim of creating photovoltaic windows that can be integrated into all types of buildings without any aesthetic impact.
The technology is particularly directed at Zero-Energy Buildings, which are basically autonomous buildings from an energy point of view, as set out in European directives 31/2010/EU and 2012/27/EU, which will come into force throughout Europe by 2020 .
The future prospects and the progress of Luminescent Solar Concentration at the base of Glass to Power technology were just published (November, 21st) in an article by professors Brovelli and Meinardi on the prestigious international review Nature Review Materials (Luminescent Solar Concentrators for Building-Integrated Photovoltaics, Nature Reviews Materials 2, 17072, 2017), in an issue dedicated to advanced materials for tomorrow’s architecture.
In July 2017, based on the advancement of the process of industrialization of technology reached by Glass to Power, the company concluded a capital increase bringing its value to 1.8 Million Euros. At this stage, Glass to Power was also supported by CrowdFundMe through a equity crowdfunding campaign that led to a collection of over 183,000 euros by 54 investors.