Next Energy Technologies Inc. has been selected by companies within sustainable urban development to participate in the 2019 Urbantech Program, an accelerator and technology program aimed at strengthening the development of tech-based solutions for sustainable construction and urban development.

Next was among 2.5% of startups admitted into the accelerator’s inaugural cohort. The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based company was chosen for its innovations in transparent photovoltaics designed to advance sustainability of buildings, according to the company, which currently account for more than 40% of global energy consumption.

Next is developing low-cost, printable, transparent coatings that are integrated into windows seamlessly, allowing for the harvest and conversion of light energy for use as onsite renewable power. Next joins nine other early-stage companies to accelerate the development of sustainable cities. As a benefit of participation in the program, each company will receive direct access to corporate partners—VKR/Velux, COWI, and EWII—for the exploration of possible pilot-projects to test, validate and advance their technologies. The program offers companies the opportunity to scale their businesses even further with its corporate partners after the program has ended, and be a part of creating the future of sustainable cities.

“Next is at the forefront of an energy and architectural design revolution that we believe will fundamentally transform the built environment – that is why we are thrilled to join Urbantech to explore, test and collaborate with some of the leading Danish companies for innovation-focused pilot projects, partnership opportunities and as customers,” says Daniel Emmett, CEO and co-founder of Next. “It’s a great validation of our technology and approach to be one of only ten companies selected from the 400 international companies that applied to this prestigious program.”

Launched in 2019 and founded through partnerships with Danish companies, the Urbantech program will contribute to the development of new solutions for the cities of the future. Supporting ten startups each year, it will run over three years out of BloxHub, which is part of the newly built Blox complex on the Copenhagen waterfront, and home to the Danish Design Center and the Danish Architecture Center. The goal of Urbantech is to help these startups make construction more efficient, buildings and energy systems more flexible, and public spaces more multifunctional. Many of the startups also have a focus on how CO2 emissions can be reduced.