‘ClearVue Technologies’ – Transparent Glass that generates electricity

ClearVue Technologies Limited (ASX: CPV) is an Australian technology company that operates in the Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BPIV) sector which involves the integration of solar technology into building surfaces, specifically glass and building façades, to provide renewable energy. ClearVue has developed advanced glass technology that aims to preserve glass transparency to maintain building aesthetics whilst generating electricity.

ClearVue’s electricity generating glazing technology is strategically positioned to compliment and make more compelling, the increased use of energy-efficient windows now being regulated in response to global climate change and energy efficiency goals. Solar PV cells are incorporated around the edges of an Insulated Glass Unit (IGU) used in windows and the lamination interlayer between the glass in the IGU incorporates ClearVue’s patented proprietary nano and micro particles, as well as its spectrally selective coating on the rear external surface of the IGU.

ClearVue said its second-generation, building.integrated PV (BIPV) product, which is designed to maintain glass transparency while generating electricity, will be incorporated into the facade of the CFMEU’s new training and wellness center being built in the inner-city suburb of Carlton.

Martin Deil, global chief executive officer of the Perth-based company, said the deal marks a significant milestone for ClearVue with the project the first major commercial solar facade installation of its integrated glazing units (IGUs) in Australia

Compared to the control cell, ClearVue’s cooling energy usage was reduced by an average of 22.8% compared to the control cell; total building energy consumption was 6.1% lower; and in terms of thermal performance, its Gen-2 PV IGUs were up to 3.5°C cooler compared to control windows during daytime hours.

Moreover, the company said that when its “spandrel solution” was added to the façade glazing, the overall electrical energy consumption in the same setting can be reduced by 71%.