RBS has selected The Solar Cloth Company (TSCC) as a finalist in the Innovation Gateway, an international search for new ways of reducing energy, water and waste.
Launched in March of 2014, the RBS Innovation Gateway attracted more than 140 submissions in just 40 days, from brand new concepts through to market-ready products and services, from innovators and small businesses (SMEs) around Britain and the world.
The best ideas will be tested on the RBS estate of 2,500 buildings and branches across the UK.
TSCC’s submission is to maximize the use of second-generation flexible solar panels covering non-load bearing roofs and car-parking spaces.
Over the last six months, an independent panel of experts from academia and business has worked with RBS to analyze each submission, to assess the positive impact they could make in driving resource efficiency if the innovation was installed on the RBS estate.
Being named as a finalist takes TSCC just one step away from seeing their innovation installed by RBS. On Nov. 10, the company traveled to RBS’ London headquarters to make one final pitch.
Successful, market ready ideas will be tested in RBS buildings and branches. All successful concepts will be given a £3,000 grant, to develop the idea further before any possible test on the RBS estate.
The RBS Innovation Gateway has three aims; as well as helping RBS save more energy, water and waste, the project is designed to cultivate unique and awe-inspiring innovations and help local inventors accelerate their access to market.