Organic photovoltaic greenhouses
Photovoltaic solar greenhouse. Image: Chinahbzyg Shutterstock

Innovation in organic photovoltaic greenhouses wins Schneider Electric’s Go Green in the City 2018 competition.

Schneider Electric announces the winning team of Go Green in the City 2018, its international student case study competition focused on innovative energy solutions for smart cities.

Zvirevo Chisadza and Tariro Cynthia Mutsindikwa from Team Latent Innovations at the Pan-African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences from Algeria has created a new organic photovoltaic greenhouse system that generates energy on the roof of the greenhouse. It can generate sustainable off-grid energy, in turn increasing agricultural production and taking a step forward in the global fight against hunger.

Solar greenhouses have become an innovative solution to increase agricultural production with the potential to reduce hunger by up to 20%. However, greenhouses consume large amounts of energy depending on where they are installed. The creation of Team Latent Innovations introduces a blanket made up of flexible organic solar cells in the greenhouse, allowing sustainable production without having to connect to the electricity grid to power the greenhouse.

“We are delighted to be working with Schneider Electric to present our innovation to the world,” said Team Latent Innovations. “We are passionate about the possibilities of solar greenhouses so that they can make a lasting contribution to solving world hunger and we are honored to be recognized as the winning team of the Go Green in the City 2018 competition.”

Besides the winner of the competition, Schneider Electric also announced that Thanh Nguyen Thi and Ha Doan Thi Thu from Duy Tan University in Vietnam received the “Women in Business Award” which rewards a female team among the 2018 applicants.

Come up with bold ideas to fight climate change.

The “Go Green in the City” awards coincide with the upcoming COP24 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

24,000 students submitted innovations for the competition.

In its eighth edition, Go Green in the City has become a major event for students around the world.

This year, more than 24,000 young innovators from 3,190 universities in 163 countries participated, 58% of whom were women. Winners and finalists received expert advice from Schneider Electric, networking opportunities, travel and cash prizes.

Ten finalist teams, from the United States, China, Germany, Algeria, Indonesia, Brazil, India, Spain, Canada and Vietnam gathered in Atlanta, USA United, as part of the Schneider Electric North American Innovation Summit, to present your ideas to a VIP panel of international business leaders and technical experts from Schneider Electric.

Zvirevo Chisadza and Tariro Cynthia Mutsindikwa will have the opportunity to start a career at Schneider Electric, and will have the opportunity to visit and explore two cities of the world of their choice where Schneider Electric is present, with the opportunity to network with energetic industry professionals to try to bring your idea to market.

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