Soluxa wants to help generate sustainable energy in an aesthetically beautiful way. By turning dull black panels into panels with all different colors, we aim to provide suitable panels for facade cladding and design.
1. What is your value proposition?
Solar panels are now on roofs, while facades have much more ‘sun’ surface. The potential for solar energy on the surfaces of buildings is enormous. But who wants to look at entire solar panel-buildings, streets and cities? Nobody does. That’s why Soluxa turns dull black panels into panels with all the colors of the rainbow thanks to the Vibrant coating based on nanotechnology and makes them suitable for facade cladding and design.
Soluxa primarily complies with SDG 7: Affordable and sustainable energy, 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure, 11: Sustainable cities and communities and 13: Climate action.
2. What is your mission?
The Dutch countryside is not getting any prettier thanks to all the plain black solar panels in the large solar parks. That’s where Soluxa comes in. Our team wants to help generate sustainable energy in an aesthetically beautiful way. And by integrating solar panels almost invisibly into the facades of buildings, we aim to contribute to the visual improvement of solar panels in our living environment. The fact that the energy generated from our panels no longer has to be generated with fossil fuels, motivates us to market our product.
3. How did Mercator Launch help you?
Mercator Launch contributed to the development of Soluxa by helping me think about my business set up and by providing met with substantial feedback on project applications. Mercator Launch also organizes many inspiring network activities through which you can meet other starting and more experienced entrepreneurs. The Mercator Launch team consists out of enthusiastic people and you can always drop by to discuss issues or ask questions. Finally, they inform us about important events for entrepreneurs.
4. What are the future plans for Soluxa?
Soluxa’s mission is to realize 500,000 m2 of solar facade on buildings within five years. This will provide more than 35,000 households with electricity.
5. What do you need to make this happen?
In the coming period, we will be completing a number of pilots and start developing the production process. After that, we will scale up in all areas we need expertise and/or funding for. So, if you want to contribute to our mission, you are welcome to come by for an introduction!
6. If you can give one piece of advice to future entrepreneurs, what would it be?
Dare to try new things, even if you’re unsure if they will really work. You learn from your failures. Spend a lot of time on the core of your technology or concept and create many prototypes. Work on something with added social value. Because if you have that, you have the potential to create a successful business and make the world a better place!