Climate Change is a phenomenon of global magnitude experienced locally by people, in different contexts and in different ways. This warming phenomenon is particularly manifest in towns where it is amplified by localized anthropogenic heat generated by urban metabolic processes.
Buildings anywhere in the world have major roles to play in environmental sustainability, they are responsible for 40% of global energy consumption. In fact, 60% of the operational energy of a typical building goes to cooling and heating, particularly in high-rise buildings much more energy intensive, especially if they have a glass curtain wall without shading system. Between 40 and 70% of the global Green House Gas (GHG) emissions are generated in towns and the combined effect of GHG emissions produced in and for the town, induce a localized warming UHI effect (Urban Heat Island effect) at a rate much higher than that of the global warming alone.
This is why buildings offer the greatest potential for reducing GHG emissions. The worldwide research in the evolution processes of the building’s envelope, is currently addressing efforts in two distinct directions: on the one hand, lowering building energy consumption needs, through the use of dynamic and adaptive envelope systems with better performances to improve the bioclimatic behavior of the building; and on the other hand, targeting the architectural integration of renewable energy systems.
Therefore, BIPV (Building Integrated Photo Voltaic) systems are of primary need. Through these systems, any building can be transformed into a "small generation plant" that produces clean and renewable energy to satisfy its own needs, re-entering any surplus in a "smart grid" that will be the backbone of the new circular-economy.
The conceptual approach of this innovative system is to respond to these challenges conceiving a façade system that performs these different functions (shading, BIPV, natural ventilations), efficiently and simultaneously, thus reducing construction costs and halving the time of investment recoup.
This patented system combines the single characteristics and unites the benefits of two existing separate facade system types (fixed BIPV and shading systems) already available on the market, overcoming their relative disadvantages when used individually.
It is composed of sliding and folding PV panels that have a dual function: on the one hand to shade, with the opacity of PV layer, the façade from sunlight exposure and improve the bio-climatic behavior of the building; on the other to capture the light radiation and convert it into renewable energy.
The ability of the system to adapt (through the use of building automation systems) in real time to all kind of weather conditions, allows the building to optimize its bioclimatic behavior and the production of renewable energy to satisfy its energy needs, responding to nZEB requirements and drastically reducing GHG emissions.
It will then be possible for each building to produce renewable energy and to exchange any available energy surplus with other buildings reducing, at the same time, the CO2 emissions.
The system is able to reduce the load of cooling/heating systems that contribute to the raising of the building's energy needs and the consequent raising of the temperature levels of its surrounding public spaces Urban (UHI).
In the near future the PV’s growing efficiency levels and the reduction of the average daily energy consumption per user will contribute to the generation of a renewable energy production surplus that will guarantee capital gains.
The company is looking for different funding opportunities to start the development phase of the system and to demonstrate its replicability.
Different types of partnerships (commercial agreements with technical assistance, financial, license or manufacturing agreements joint venture or research cooperation agreements) are sought.