From 18 to 20 February, Rotterdam is the stage for innovations with which the city will accelerate its sustainable development. During the Rotterdam Unlocked event, startups will be linked to companies that will give them concrete challenges. Strukton Worksphere is one of those companies. The challenge: make buildings and swimming pools in the city even more energy efficient with new technology.

Since 2011, Strukton Worksphere and Hellebrekers Technieken have been working on reducing the energy consumption in swimming pools by means of a long-term maintenance and energy performance contract (ESCo) for the city of Rotterdam. The ESCo invests in measures to achieve the annual (energy) results, for example with heat pumps, eco lighting and investments in comfort. This is done using smart technologies.

Getting to know new options worldwide is very welcome here. At the end of 2018, the challenge went online via 'Get in the Ring' (soon Unknown), an international organisation that links startups and brings together supply and demand of companies.

Great response to the challenge
No less than 70 companies from 23 countries submitted a proposal in January. The ideas varied from smart heating and cooling to water heating, sensors and automation solutions. An initial selection on paper then produced a shortlist of nine. On Tuesday 19 February, these startups present their idea to a Strukton Worksphere jury that assesses the innovative ideas and technology for the best solution for the client and its users.

Implementation in practice
On the evening of Wednesday 20 February, the company that wins this challenge will be commissioned to implement its idea. During this final event in the Van Nelle Fabriek, companies will also enter the ring to pitch their solutions and ideas for other challenges. With the chance that they will become internationally 'unlocked'!

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