Green building innovations compete for Canary Wharf trial

A cloud based lighting control system and a string of renewable energy technologies are competing for the chance to be trialled on London’s Canary Wharf estate. Canary Wharf Group’s smart city initiative, the Cognicity Challenge, has named six sustainable building technologies and six integrated transportation technologies as finalists in the contest.

The 12 companies have move into the newly opened High Growth Space:24 in One Canada Square, which is operated by Level39. During their 12-week residency, the companies will have the chance to develop their smart city technology with mentoring and training from Canary Wharf Group executives and industry players, including Intel and Nesta.

The sustainable building finalists are:

  • 8point3 LED: a cloud based, intelligent lighting control and data collation system that enables ‘plug and play’ retrofitting of LED lighting via mains-borne signaling
  • Jooxter: a French startup that addresses the underutilisation of spaces in large offices, dynamically reallocating spaces and improving building efficiency
  • Pavegen: a company that develops and manufactures flooring technology that converts the kinetic energy from footsteps into renewable electricity
  • Polysolar: a company seeking to prevent buildings overheating while also generating electricity through its glass technology
  • Quantum Waste: a vertically integrated management company whose mobile, sustainable, decentralised and aerobic composting system makes waste processing technology more efficient and local
  • Solar Cloth: a UK innovator in the design and manufacture of lightweight and flexible solar panels, including solar power coverings for non-load bearing roofs and car parking.

The winner of each of the six streams of the challenge will be awarded £50,000 and offered the chance to further develop and pilot their technologies in the Canary Wharf Group estate, including the new 4.9m sq ft mixed use phase.

Two streams in the Cognicity Challenge – connected homes and virtual design and construction – are still open for applications online.

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