The success story of «Brite Solar Technologies»

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The origin of Brite Solar Technologies starts in Patras, Greece and more specifically in Patras Science Park. Brite was founded in 2010 by Dr. Nikolaos Kanopoulos with main goal the development of a new type of semi-transparent PV solar panel that meets the requirements of greenhouse applications and Agri-PV systems.

Brite Solar is a nanomaterials company that uses innovative materials and deposition techniques to offer a new class of glass materials for agricultural applications. Brite is dedicated to developing advanced nanotechnology materials and products that can be used to reduce the CO2 footprint of cultivated crops and slow down climate change by using renewable energy in agriculture. This is very significant, because agriculture consumes 14% of energy globally and most of this energy is currently based on fossil fuels.

Brite Solar is involved in many projects, some of which are the following:

Brite Solar Greenhouse                                                         

→ Area: 1.228,80 m2
→ Crop: Vineyard
→ Location: Agios Pavlos, Greece
→ Installed Power: 39,26kWp
→ Type of Solar Glass: BSG-32.5/80 & BSG-65/80
→ Number of Solar Glass: 248 & 484

Brite Agri-PV

→ Area: 480 m2
→ Crop: Blueberries
→ Location: Broekhuizen, The Netherlands
→ Installed Power: 42kWp
→ Type of Solar Glass: BSG-240
→ Number of Solar Glass: 175

Area: 900 m2
Crop: Pears
Location: Randwijk, The Netherlands
Installed Power: 58,50kWp
Type of Solar Glass: BSG-390F, BSG-240F, BSG130F, BSG-110F
Number of Solar Glass: 58, 62, 60, 120

Some of Brite’s recent achievements in the last years are:

  • Brite’s Solar Glass has been selected as a finalist for Greenhouse Grower magazine’s Technology of The Year Award for 2022.
  • Brite Hellas S.A. chosen as a 2021 Red Herring Top 100 Europe Winner.
  • Brite’s project PanePowerSW is now listed on CORDIS | European Commission provides information on all EU-supported R&D activities, including programs (H2020, FP7 and older), projects, results, publications.
  • Brite is completing its Series-A funding of €9 million in Q3 2022, which will be used to establish a manufacturing facility for its solar glass product in Patras, Greece.

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Evangelia Gralista

Web Design Internship

Evangelia Gralista from Trikala,Greece is in her senior year at University of Patras in the department of mathematics. She is currently working as a web design intern at Patras Science Park (PSP).

Vicky Tomara

Development Director

Vicky studied Business Administration at Athens University of Economics and Business and she got a M.B.A. from University of Patras. Her experience and background focus on supporting businesses-academia partnerships. Especially, she has been primarily activated in innovation supporting tools, while she worked in the past as an economist and research project manager in the industry. She has a good knowledge of the Greek innovation ecosystem actors, including academia, research institutes, regional and central governmental organizations, entrepreneurs and industry. She contributed to the launch and development of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Office of the University of Patras where she served as a Technology Transfer Consultant for 4 years. She acted as the principal organizational officer on behalf of the University of Patras for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Patras IQ Innovation Exhibition. Also, she contributed to the launch and development of the Technology Transfer Office of Patras Science Park and she involved in the building of the collaborative network between both CERN procurement and CERN Technology Transfer Group with the Greek start up community & enterprises. She is currently the Development Director in Patras Science Park, she is member of the Advisory Board of the Proof of Concept and she participates in the selection committee in various regional innovation competitions.