Rapid Innovation Development of Energy Generating Windows for Zero- and Negative-Carbon Emission Buildings

Next Energy Technologies

Recipient

Santa Barbara, CA

Recipient Location

19th

Senate District

37th

Assembly District

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$2,724,202

Amount Spent

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Project Status

Project Update

In 2022, the team made significant progress in completing the major components, fabrication, and assembly of the large area coating equipment. In-depth tool qualification was either completed or was near completion, allowing for large area films to be deposited on the new tools. Additionally, the team was able to complete assembly of the large area coater, annealing oven, large area laser, and provided necessary upgrades to the large area packaging tool. In 2023, the team will complete development of functional large area modules that will be incorporated into demonstration installations with project partners.

The Issue

By 2030, all new commercial buildings in California must be designed to zero net energy standards. While substantial progress has been made in making buildings more energy efficient, there are very few solutions for commercial buildings to include onsite renewable energy generation. Additionally, large commercial buildings often don’t have enough, or any, free rooftop space for conventional photovoltaic solar panels. This has resulted in the focus of using the building’s façade where there is often a considerable surface area. However, for widespread adoption of building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) windows, the market demands exceptional aesthetics of a standard window and a good return on investment. Current technologies on the market do not meet the critical requirements of aesthetics, high transparency, good power conversion efficiency, long lifetimes, and low cost.

Project Innovation

In this project we will demonstrate pilot sized energy generating windows using all pilot production manufacturing methods. Techniques that allow easier fit and less disruption of application of this technology into the window market and manufacturing will be demonstrated.

Project Benefits

Lower Costs

Affordability

The increased insulation and electric generation will lower the operation costs of commercial buildings in California.

Key Project Members

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Corey Hoven, Ph.D.

CTO/Co-Founder
Next Energy Technologies
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Jeff Horowitz

Director, Business Development & Partnerships
Next Energy Technologies
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Bruno Caputo

Director, Large-Area Coating
Next Energy Technologies

Subrecipients

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Viracon, Inc.

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Walters & Wolf Glass Company

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GlassFab Tempering Services Inc.

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Charles Lang

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Bars Precision Inc.

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Match Partners

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Next Energy Technologies

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Viracon, Inc.

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Walters &amp

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Wolf Glass Company

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GlassFab Tempering Services Inc.

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Charles Lang

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Bars Precision Inc.

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