Polysolar wins Canary Wharf Cognicity Challenge

16-Apr-2015 Polysolar has been selected as the winner in Canary Wharf Group’s Smart Cities accelerator, Cognicity Challenge. The winners, announced at Level39, receive a prize and the opportunity to pilot their ground-breaking technology on the Canary Wharf estate. Polysolar won the “Sustainable Buildings” stream and is now working to deploy a pilot transparent solar solution in Canary Wharf. 


Sir George Iacobescu, chairman and CEO, Canary Wharf Group plc, said: “The Cognicity Challenge is helping to ensure we have access to some of the most important innovations in smart, sustainable cities. We want Canary Wharf to remain one of the most sustainable, convenient and technologically advanced ‘cityscapes’ in the world, and the Cognicity Challenge is helping us improve even further our unique approach to property development.”


Polysolar, the winner of the ‘Sustainable Buildings’ stream, has developed transparent, thin-film photovoltaic glass panels which can be fitted, or retrofitted, into a building to generate clean energy.


Founding chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities and former MP Dan Byles said: “It is fantastic to see innovative companies like these breaking new ground in the fields of sustainable buildings and integrated transportation.  If we want a sustainable planet we need sustainable cities, and Canary Wharf Group is showing real vision and leadership with programmes like the Cognicity Challenge.”


Head of Level39 Eric Van der Kleij added: “I have never seen such a close competition. The calibre of all the participants and our winners, Polysolar and Voyage Control, is testament to the high level of talent amongst those working on innovative technologies in the smart city sector.”


Polysolar is now working with Canary Wharf specialists to deploy our pilot within Canary Wharf.