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Previous NOVA Innovation Competitions

  In 2009, at the European Research and Innovation Exhibition in Paris, the three winning start-ups were:
M-Therm (Germany) M-Therm (Germany) 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.
TVP Solar (Switzerland) TVP Solar (Switzerland) 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.
Shark Solutions (Denmark) Shark Solutions (Denmark) 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.
  In 2011, the Saint-Gobain booth at the BAU international trade fair in Munich, Germany, saw nine start-up finalists fight it out in a "speed-dating" session, The winners were:
Trovotech GmbH (German)

Trovotech GmbH (German) created in 2000, produces glass particles in an innovative high temperature extrusion process. With their physically modified and chemically highly active surface the obtained glass particles, called TROVO®powder, can be used for new functional and cost competitive additives in different applications and business fields, for example to achieve catalytic effects in polymers. By modifying TROVO®powder with silver and/ or zinc Trovotech produces TROVO®guard, which incorporated in products protects them against germ contamination.

crystalsol GmbH (Austrian)

crystalsol GmbH (Austrian) created in 2008, develops an innovative type of flexible photovoltaic module mainly for the building integration market. The technology offers several advantages: versatile applications as modules can be flexible, transparent, colored and tailor made in size and shape, cost savings of 50-60% compared to current industry average and high availability of raw materials. Currently crystalsol is ramping up from 5x5 cm² monolithically and semi-automated produced modules to a continuous roll-to-roll production line of up to 5 MWp.

SOLEÏS Technologie (French)

SOLEÏS Technologie (French) created in 2009, offers innovative solar potential analysis solutions. SOLEÏS is able to calculate the solar potential of a given site as well as the efficiency and the return on investment of a photovoltaic installation, in order to provide a technical and a financial report in less than 15 minutes. The company develops its activities in two areas: technological tools for the photovoltaic industry through a complete range of Solar Potential Analyzers and consulting for individuals and professionals who need an independent solar potential analysis.

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