PolySolar: Personalizing the power of the sun. Silicon-based solar energy is expensive. To meet this challenge, entrepreneurs Ian de Albuquerque and Eduard Nasybulin created PolySolar, a start-up that generates Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) solar cells. Through clever design and electrochemical polymers, their technology could reduce costs and make solar power more widely available. These mini-solar panels can recharge your cellphone or be used on a backpack as a mobile charging station.
Posted March 3rd, 2010
The six finalist projects for the 2009-2010 Time Warner Cable Inno/Vention Competition – created by 12 graduate and undergraduate students – are not simply brilliant technical solutions: In keeping with the school’s academic philosophy of i2e – invention, innovation and entrepreneurship – each was subjected to rigorous business analysis that every great idea requires to quickly bridge the gap between technology and the marketplace.
Student participants labored from October to early March to develop “the next big thing” in science and engineering. They attended workshops on patent searches, market research and how to present to potential investors. They also received one-on-one business coaching.