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Transparent Building Integrated Photovoltaic Glazing (BIPV)

Country of origin:
Country: 
UNITED KINGDOM
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOUK20190118001
Published
18/01/2019
Last update
21/01/2019
Expiration date
22/01/2020

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Materials, components and systems for construction
Glass
Photovoltaics
Photovoltaics
Thermal insulation
Manufacture of construction materials, components and systems
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Summary

Summary: 
An award-winning Cambridge (UK) based company develops and produces transparent photovoltaic glass and glazing solutions for applications in building curtain wall facades, skylights, balustrades, canopies and structures. Developers and users of thin film photovoltaics and construction methods are sought for technical co-operation, manufacturing or commercial agreements with technical assistance.

Description

Description: 

The company is a developer and producer of thin-film transparent architectural photovoltaic glazing. The technology is specifically designed for building integrated applications, delivering high energy yields in low and ambient light, in shaded conditions and at high temperatures. The company’s high performance see-through glass units can be tailored to let through variable levels of natural light, offer different colours and flexible dimensions. The company is also a leader in the development of next generation printed organic photovoltaics (OPV) glazing and engineering solutions for deploying BIPV in buildings. The company is looking for both users, partners and suppliers across its activities. The technology transfer may go both ways so that the UK company assumes either a buyer or seller role under a commercial agreement with technical assistance. Similarly, a technical co-operation or manufacturing agreement may entail transfer of manufacturing know-how and supply chains in either direction.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The company produces transparent photovoltaic glazing that turns buildings into power stations. Its thin-film technology offer high performance transparent PV glass to generate clean renewable energy, combined with high thermal performance glass that significantly reduces heat gain and losses from buildings, delivering energy saving as well as energy generation. The business is also leading developers of polymer based liquid printed OPV materials that are directly printed and encapsulated in glass, delivering aesthetic glass solutions at lower cost and with improved manufacturability.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
Looking for academic and industrial partners in OPV development and manufacture. Dependent on the territory and market segment, the manufacturing may be organised by the UK company or the partner. Technical co-operation is sought with developers of OPV, to adapt novel materials and methods. The technology transfer may occur in both directions. Looking for partners in materials and component supply. The UK company will consider new suppliers for commercial agreements with technical assistance, being the buyer. Looking for end users and/or partners in design, construction and installation. The UK company is seeking commercial agreements with technical assistance assuming a seller’s role. The technical assistance will be needed for developing custom solutions, but also when setting up new manufacturing lines.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,R&D Institution,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500