The Portuguese company Natural Business Intelligence (NBI) won the first prize of the Sacyr Foundation Innovation Awards with a proposal for the valuation and management of the natural capital of projects.
Out of the 245 submitted, NBI's idea is the one that best adapts to one of the four challenges issued as part of our Sacyr iChallenges open innovation program, which this year celebrates its fourth edition.
In addition, the Sacyr Foundation awarded a second prize to the German firm, Heliatek, for its organic photovoltaic solutions technology.
NBI's solution is a tool for assessing natural capital and the impacts of our projects on ecosystem services. Together with NBI, Sacyr will carry out a pilot project in La Palma (Canary Islands), where, for the last three months, there has been an active volcano that is changing the physiognomy of the island.
Runner-up goes to Heliatek
Heliatek wins second prize for a project that responds to the challenge of creating energy-efficient facilities, such as university campuses, and reducing their carbon footprint.
The German firm works in the field of organic photovoltaics and has solutions that adapt to different building structures. Heliatek presented its solution of ultra-thin, organic photovoltaic modules that can adhere to any surface.
Sacyr received a total of 245 submissions from 25 countries in this edition of the Sacyr iChallenges program.
After carefully analyzing all the ideas, we selected the 12 agents (from Spain, UK, Portugal, USA, Netherlands, Italy and Germany) that, with their solutions, have best addressed the challenges posed in this fourth edition.
More information at https://www.sacyrichallenges.com/