AGC Asahi Glass (AGC), a producer of flat glass has signed a strategic development agreement with solar technology developer Ubiquitous Energy.
The collaboration will focus on the development of Ubiquitous Energy’s transparent and color neutral solar coating to create windows that produce electricity.
Ubiquitous Energy’s transparent solar coating, ClearView Power, selectively absorbs and converts non-visible light (ultraviolet and infrared) to electricity while transmitting visible light. Additionally, ClearView Power doubles as a solar control coating in addition to its electricity generation by blocking infrared light that is commonly known as solar heat.
The transparent solar coating can be applied to vertical surfaces of buildings, turning traditional windows into highly energy efficient and electricity generating windows that are aesthetically pleasing and acceptable to architects, designers, and occupants.
Applied directly to glass using standard glass coating equipment, ClearView Power is a highly transparent, color neutral coating. Using standard thin film coating equipment will enable leveraging of the more than 8 billion square meter per year annual global glass production capacity.
This novel and patent protected technology will provide a truly transparent energy harvesting solution to the Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) market enabling zero net energy buildings and beyond.
Ubiquitous Energy founder and CEO Miles Barr said: “As world leader in glass and glass coatings, AGC is an ideal partner for us. Their experience in bringing advanced glass and BIPV technologies to the market will help us accelerate the development and commercialization of our transparent solar technology.
“The architectural glass market has shown great interest in adopting our technology to enable next-generation transparent, power-producing windows.”
AGC Building & Industrial Company chief technology officer Marc Van Den Neste said: “We have been watching Ubiquitous Energy since its beginning and believe that this collaboration will fit in perfectly with our strategy of providing the best environmentally friendly glass solutions.
AGC Ventures Masatoshi Ueno said: “By creating aesthetically pleasing, transparent, power-producing glass, we will equip designers and architects with a BIPV solution that is beautiful and seamlessly integrated.
“We are thrilled by supporting Ubiquitous Energy as a partner as it opens up new horizons for making the best environmental use of façades.”
Source: Company Press Release