Participation in the Access Cities Open Innovation Call in September 2019 has opened new doors to the US market for NOVENCO Building & Industry, a leading Danish manufacturer of highly efficient ventilation fans and systems. Today, NOVENCO is in dialogue with two City Agencies in New York City to discuss how their products can be used in public buildings across town.
In September 2019, NOVENCO was selected among the finalists to provide the best climate solutions for New York City in the Access Cities Open Innovation Call on air quality. NOVENCO came second in the competition and has since collaborated with the Danish Cleantech Hub in New York to seize the opportunities that arose from the finale pitch.
“Our participation in the Access Cities Open Innovation Call has been a unique opportunity to present our sustainable products and energy-efficient solutions to a broad range of relevant participants in NYC”, says John Boss, Senior Product Manager at NOVENCO Building & Industry.
As a part of the Open Innovation Call in New York, Access Cities partner, Danish Cleantech Hub, collaborated with several of the City agencies. The goal was to find sustainable solutions to the air quality challenges in New York City and to assist the city in reaching its ambitious climate targets by 2030.
“The Access Cities Open Innovation Call provided New York City with the opportunity to bring together a panel of experts to discuss the important topics of air quality and urban heat vulnerability. The Access Cities Challenge made it possible to hold essential conversations on these topics across agencies – conversations that provided us with the chance to evaluate new ideas and technologies that could tackle these problems with novel approaches. We look forward to continuing to explore ways to test the many solutions this Challenge brought to light”, says Paul Rothman, Director at Smart Cities + IoT Lab in New York.
The NOVENCO ZerAx fan especially attracted the attention of the New York City agencies. The fan’s unmatched efficiencies of up to 92%, low sound levels, +20 years lifetime and 98% recyclability harmonised with the city’s need for sustainable and low maintenance solutions. This kind of technology can enable New York City in delivering on one of the world’s most ambitious regulations on energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse-gas-emissions.
Access Cities is an international public-private project, aiming to strengthen sustainable urban development in five project cities: New York City, Singapore, Munich and the Danish cities of Copenhagen and Aarhus. Through the project, Danish small to medium-sized enterprises (SME) are invited to participate free of charge in the upcoming Open Innovation Calls in Munich and Singapore.
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Open Innovation Calls: Open Innovation Calls create a competitive setting for challenge owners to explore both internal and external ideas, knowledge, technologies and competencies by working with customers, users, citizens, companies and other stakeholders. For SMEs, Open Innovation Calls are an innovative way to enter new markets faster through direct pitch and collaboration with challenge owners.