The results from the fifth edition of InnoEnergy’s PowerUp! competition – which saw participation from over 300 startups from 24 countries across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) – have now been announced. At the grand final, which was held on the 21st of May in Krakow, Danubia NanoTech from Slovakia was named the overall winner by the judges following a close battle with its rivals for the top prize. The company received a cheque for EUR 50,000 as well as the opportunity to join the prestigious ‘Highway by InnoEnergy’ business accelerator.
The winner presented a solution for aerial temperature monitoring in a form of graphene temperature sensor, available as an extremely thin film, applied on any non-metallic substrate. This technology is valuable for EV batteries and for grid battery storages, thus extending the batteries’ lifetime.
Second place – and a EUR 10,000 prize – was awarded to Atlant3D from Latvia which has created a versatile 3D printer for micro and nanochip fabrication, and developed a unique solution that can rapidly accelerate prototyping for micro-and nanodevices and systems at a fraction of the current time and cost.
Third place – and a EUR 5,000 prize – went to V-Chiller from Hungary, a revolutionary cooling device that can chill canned beverages in just a single minute, using minimal energy with minimal environmental impact via a vacuum cooling method with a proprietary, environmentally friendly refrigerant.
Fourteen startups took part in the competition, having won their respective country finals to gain entry to the grand final. All the participants came from Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Turkey and Greece.
For the first time in the history of the competition, an additional ‘Clean Air Challenge Award’ was granted at this year’s edition, which was open to companies demonstrating innovation and pioneering through clean air initiatives. This distinction was awarded to Roofit.solar from Estonia, which introduced a new type of solar panel that combines everyday roofing material with photovoltaic modules.
Which innovations are energy companies interested in?
Taking part in PowerUp! also gives startups a chance to meet leading representatives in the energy and cleantech sectors, many of whom are official partners of the competition. This year’s partners included RAFAKO, D.TEK, ZSE Group and Enerjisa Enerji, who were on the lookout for promising technologies for potential future investment.
Michał Maćkowiak, Head of Innovation at RAFAKO S.A., explained: “The competition gives us a great chance to learn about the latest trends and technologies in areas that are close to what we do as a company, and promise to make a real difference to the future of our planet. These include electromobility, renewable energy sources, alternative fuels and energy storage. It is also a great opportunity to share knowledge and experience with other partners of the competition.”
“We are looking for solutions in gas and coal production, thermal generation, renewable energy, grids, e-mobility, energy efficiency and customer services”, added Emanuele Volpe, DTEK Chief Innovation Officer.