Invented prêt-à-porter photovoltaic panels. They are inspired by origami and, besides being beautiful, they are easily transportable, extendable, and made of recycled carbon fiber: you can put them on the camper, on the boat, and take them practically anywhere. He designed and produced them the greentech Levante startup which won first place in the ‘ideas and startups to support’ category of Smart Talks, the video contest of the virtual 3D fair on eco-sustainability Geco Expo to promote the most innovative green projects, realized thanks to the contribution of LeVillage by Ca Triveneto. Levante also picked up special prizes offered by PoliHub and Guru Marketing, the jury, chaired by Antonio Rancati, coordinator of the Cetri-Tires European study center, chose it among the 11 finalist projects.
Co-founder Sara Plaga who, starting from her passion for sustainable travel, received the awardtogether with his partner, he designed an origami-style photovoltaic panel to allow access to energy everywhere: compact and portable when closed (-40% of occupied space), it offers maximum power when deployed (+ 70% energy efficiency) and is designed to have the least possible impact thanks to the principles of ‘Design for Disassembly’. The product is designed not only to promote green mobility, but also to make energy accessible to remote areas of developing countries. “I believe that as human beings and companies we have a moral duty to create a better planet – said Sara – and that, as Ghandi said, we must be the change we want to see in the world”.
In first place for the category ‘already started startups and companies’, among the 12 finalists, Sternartica was instead classified, which produces soaps,
solid shampoo and cosmetics (all eco-sustainable), with his laboratory at the gates of Provence even if the founder, Federica Campilongo, is very Italian.
The company name is already a program: the arctic tern is a migratory bird weighing only 100 grams but, despite its size, in thirty years of life it covers more than 2.4 million kilometers: the equivalent of three round trips to the moon. ‘The Arctic tern – underlines the entrepreneur – teaches us that no one is too small to do great things. And it shows us that, if we want, we can really change the world. ”