Heliatek and AGC sign a development agreement to integrate organic solar films in glass to collect solar energy
Innovative Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) will further help architects to design energy harvesting, zero emission buildings to meet worldwide directives to reduce carbon emissions
This will enable the entire glass façades of buildings, including windows, to become highly efficient, cost-effective, solar energy harvesters to reduce a building's carbon footprint combined with a discrete, aesthetically-pleasing, visual appearance.
Heliatek's award-winning, Solar Films are ideally suited to this application because they can be opaque or semi-transparent in a variety of colors. The films are ultra-light, ultra-thin and highly efficient under real world conditions, thanks to three unique features. They harvest the sun's energy at peak efficiency for longer daytime periods than traditional solar technologies: from full sun down to a tenth of full sun, such as on a cloudy day. In addition, they can operate efficiently in any orientation, even when not directly facing the sun and only receiving indirect or diffused light. Finally, their performance remains stable up to 80°C.
Thibaud Le Séguillon, CEO of Heliatek, explains: "Once developed, this will open up all vertical glass surfaces for PV. They offer a much larger installation area than roof tops that are the focus of today's solar building installations, plus there are no additional installations costs unlike conventional PV panels."
Marc Van Den Neste, CTO of AGC Glass Europe, adds: "This agreement fits in perfectly with our strategy of providing affordable and environment-friendly glass solutions to our customers, the building industry and the community at large. I am confident that this solution will open up new prospects for creativity and energy efficiency to architects and designers."
Alexander Valenzuela, VP Business at Heliatek, concludes: "Together, we understand and will meet the building industry requirements as well as the needs of the architects and end-users regarding reliability, life-expectancy and return-on-investment."
About AGC Glass Europe
Based in Belgium, AGC Glass Europe produces, processes and distributes flat glass for the construction (external glazing and interior decorative glass), the automotive (original and replacement glass), and the solar sectors. It has over 100 sites throughout Europe, from Spain to Russia, and employs around 14,500 employees.
More information on www.agc-glass.eu
Heliatek, a global leader in high-end solar technology, was spun-off in 2006 from the Technical University of Dresden (IAPP) and the University of Ulm. It is the global technology leader in the field of organic photovoltaic (OPV) and manufactures solar films based on small molecules and has just recently set a new world record by achieving a cell efficiency of 12%. Heliatek maintains a total staff of 70 employees and specialists at its facilities in Dresden and Ulm, Germany. Investors in Heliatek include leading industrial and financial companies such as BASF, Bosch, RWE, Wellington Partners and eCapital. More information on www.heliatek.com
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