New photo voltaic window tech from Australian startup

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Australia’s ClearVue needs to push forward with the event of its clear photo voltaic glass know-how. Building is now starting on a commercial-scale trial mission.

November 19, 2020

From pv journal Australia

ASX-listed firm ClearVue stated this week that work has commenced on website at Perth’s Murdoch College, the place a greenhouse that includes the corporate’s photo voltaic glazing know-how can be constructed.

ClearVue is pursuing know-how designed to protect glass transparency whereas producing electrical energy with photo voltaic PV cells integrated across the edges of an insulated glass unit (IGU). The items incorporate a nanoparticle interlayer and spectral-selective coating on the rear exterior floor which permit a lot of the sunshine to move by however redirects infrared and UV mild to the sting of the IGU the place it’s harvested by photo voltaic cells.

ClearVue CEO Ken Jagger stated the greenhouse, partially funded by a AUD 1.6 million (US$1.2 million) Cooperative Analysis Centres Tasks (CRC-P) grant, is a “main milestone for the corporate.” It should present a chance to additional check the know-how and gather knowledge on vitality effectivity and vitality technology.

“It’s fairly thrilling instances,” Jagger informed pv journal. “Having these real-life deployments isn’t solely essential from an investor and gross sales perspective however it’s the precursor to getting hopeful mass adoption of the tech.”

Jagger stated the trial outcomes will assist facilitate the business software of the know-how throughout protected-cropping agriculture markets – a key goal for the corporate, alongside high-rise business buildings.

“Individuals need to see and contact the know-how,” Jagger stated. “We’re actually getting into the commercialisation section of the corporate so it’s about getting the know-how on the market, on the lookout for these showcase deployments in key areas. We anticipate the constructed greenhouse to result in better market consciousness of our know-how and product globally.”

He added that the greenhouse will present a path to additional monetize ClearVue’s know-how and merchandise.

The mission – the primary commercial-scale demonstration of ClearVue’s know-how in a greenhouse or protected-cropping agriculture setting – will comprise 4 glazed sections that includes three completely different iterations of the corporate’s know-how, together with one part fitted with the at the moment obtainable product.

ClearVue will monitor the effectivity efficiency of the items by measuring the anticipated lowered vitality load, in addition to the facility technology efficiency, as an offset to the vitality calls for of the greenhouse. The corporate has confirmed it’s now in a position to produce photo voltaic PV glass as much as 2.76 sqm.

“We’ve efficiently confirmed the flexibility to do 40 watts per sq. meter, however that iteration isn’t prepared on the market and won’t be used right here,” Jagger stated. “What we’re testing above and past our present tech is additional elevated use of our nanoparticle know-how to extend energy technology and potential yield will increase.”

Major development of the Murdoch College campus greenhouse is because of be accomplished in December, with commissioning set for early 2021. The primary outcomes from the trials are anticipated in mid-2021.

Path to commercialisation

The graduation of labor on the greenhouse is simply the newest in a string of bulletins for Clearvue. Final month, it secured its first South American order, with AMB Brazil inserting an order for 500 sqm of ClearVue’s photo voltaic glass. AMB Brazil will use the IGUs in large-scale business tasks, together with a brand new workplace tower and on the firm’s personal places of work in Sao Paulo.

ClearVue has additionally entered the China market. In September, it stated {that a} demonstration villa had been constructed in Beijing, along side Jinmao Inexperienced Constructing, which is testing the PV IGU know-how with a view towards distribution.

In Australia, ClearVue launched a business trial of its photo voltaic glass know-how at Perth’s Warwick Grove Procuring Centre. The present glass on the buying centre’s atrium entry was changed in early 2019 with 18 ClearVue PV triple-glazed low-e power-generating IGU modules. The check system has generated nearly 690 KWh since Might final yr.

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