If you are the grand prize winner of the Hanergy Thin Film Solar Product Global Innovation Competition, you would get $160,000, and free travel to a research and development lab. Included in the prize is the chance to turn your winning idea into a commercial product and bring it to the marketplace. You may also receive an employment opportunity.
The competition is being coordinated by Hanergy, solar startup incubator and accelerator SfunCube, and several international design centers.
In addition to the grand prize, there are 6 prizes with cash awards of $32,000, and 12 with ones of $16,000. Large-scale production of your innovation, and possible employment opportunities are also part of the prize packages.
May 10, 2015 is the initial contest submission deadline. Go to the Thin Film Solar Awards site for more details.
Hanergy is raising awareness of thin-film solar’s versatility. It can be use in numerous ways, but public perception of this electricity-generating clean technology has not caught up to the technology’s capabilities.
The SfunCube’s co-founder Danny Kennedy explained:
All the business models built around steam-engines and baseload power are being disrupted by standard silicon solar modules. Imagine what will happen when we can provide electricity at the point of use with small applications of solar power appropriate to the load. It will put portable power into the hands of the people. The creative designers who enter this competition will have a chance to make history with their powerful new ideas.
One example of thin-film solar technology is Power Film Solar’s rollable and foldable solar panels. They are designed to be both portable and durable.
Do you have any thin-film solar power ideas? If you do, perhaps entering the contest would be a good experience. Everyone is capable of having good ideas; you don’t have to be an inventor or “genius.” If you don’t have an idea, what kind of consumer product or products would you like to use that might be powered by solar?
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