Bioo, the Spanish green electricity start-up, has won the City Solution of the Year as part of the 2020 QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge.
The Challenge is hosted by Leading Cities in partnership with QBE North America.
Bioo has developed a unique way of generating electricity from plants’ photosynthesis that doesn’t damage them and is 100% renewable.
In agriculture, Bioo is developing the first 100% sustainable sensor powered by the land, and eliminating the pollution created by chemical batteries, as well as the cost of replacement.
Also underway is the Bioo Panel, a vegetal panel that generates and supplies energy from nature to light up parks and gardens.
In the future, Bioo seeks to use its technology as an energy source comparable to solar, hydropower or wind energy.
The 2020 QBE AcceliCITY Resilience Challenge included a four-day intensive boot camp and panel evaluation from representatives of the World Economic Forum, United Nations, Wilson Towers Watson, PVBLIC Foundation and QBE North America.
Bioo was one of 11 finalists representing urban technology startups from among hundreds that applied from 37 countries.
The finalists presented their pitches to a six-person panel made up of Kari Eik, the leader of the UN`s United for Smart and Sustainable Cities U4SSC Implementation Program; Jeff Merritt of the World Economic Forum; Sergio Fernandez de Cordova representing both the PVBLIC Foundation and P3 SmartCity; Paula Pagniez of Willis Towers Watson; Truett Tate, Chairman of the QBE North America Board; and Isaac Lax, Head of the QBE Digital Innovation Lab.
As champion, Bioo will receive a $100,000 prize and will be the feature of the upcoming AcceliGOV program, where cities from around the world compete to win a pre-paid pilot program of this globally sourced, expert-vetted, award winning solution.