Solar Thermal Champion SOLID becomes Mission Innovation Champion

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A sustainable future is built on promising ideas and by talented people across the globe. In this belief the Mission Innovation (MI) initiative was launched at COP21 in 2015 in the wake of the Paris climate agreement. Twentythree member countries, including Austria, tirelessly work together with the European Commission to reinvigorate and accelerate global clean energy innovation with the objective to make clean energy widely affordable.

To spark motivation for people, who put all their efforts into reaching the 2°C goal from the Paris agreement, the MI Champion award will be given to the most innovative and most influential ideas. The competition starts in every member state individually and contestants are expected to review each other as well.

Austria, even though being considered a small country, does not have to shy away with its huge number of innovators in the field of sustainability. Naturally, what resulted was a tough competition between the outstanding contestants for the award of Austrian MI-Champion.

In the end, Dr. Christian Holter, the CEO of the solar thermal expert SOLID was able to make the race. SOLID has gained global recognition for worldwide large-scale solar thermal and solar cooling projects. SOLID also works closely together with UNIDO in the Sustainable Energy Development project for the Caribbean states on solar cooling. The flagship project here, the hospital in Managua, Nicaragua, which has already implemented solar cooling, was even cited as a best practice example at the R20 Austrian World Summit.

Together with 19 other local MI-champions Dr. Holter was invited as the representative of Austria to Vancouver, Canada on May 27th, 2019 for the fourth ministerial meeting, where the award ceremony took place. Awards and meetings like this forge new ties between the world’s innovators. They raise awareness for decision makers and connect the global community in a fight that goes way beyond the borders of single countries.


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