WWU Team Wins $15,000 Top Prize at Alaska Airlines Innovation Challenge
April 19, 2017
Nova Solar Glazing, Western Washington University’s team of business, chemistry, industrial design and electrical engineering students, was recently awarded the $15,000 Wells Fargo grand prize at the 2017 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC) hosted by the University of Washington’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.
“It was inspiring to see professionals – like investors and developers – react with so much enthusiasm about our project,” team leader Emily Bartlett (Broadlands, Virginia; Industrial Design) said. “At the EIC, the team was able to talk about the final product and overall vision of our solar window, which was really validating to our efforts after spending months developing individual components.”
In concert with concurrent research on luminescent solar concentrators from Western’s Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center (AMSEC), the team developed an accessible, affordable, and practical insert for windows that effortlessly converts them into energy-producing solar windows.
Nova Solar Glazing, composed of nine students, was one of 21 student teams looking to solve environmental and cleantech problems though innovation at the University of Washington competition. They are the first team to win this competition that was not from the University of Washington.