The EU’s building stock is relatively old. Half of all homes in most EU countries were built pre-1970 and before the first thermal regulations. This is why upgrading the energy efficiency of the building envelope is important. With this EU-funded INFINITE project, we aim to pave the way toward providing a solution suitable for retrofit buildings.
To revolutionize the Building Integrated PV (BIPV) and architecture sectors, by providing sustainable window solutions with value-added characteristics. SolarWin is a project aiming to scale-up and validate next-generation transparent Photovoltaic (PV) windows for commercial use and mass-production.
Across three locations (Italy, Slovenia and France), 29mm SmartWindows will be installed with different appliances. That includes (1) the SmartWindow with blinds, (2) the SmartWindow with e-chromic glass, and (3) the SmartWindow with plasma chromic glass. The first window will be delivered on November 1st, 2022, and the total surface area of installed windows will amount to 267 m2.
The concept is based on and designed as a luminescent solar concentrator (LSC). It incorporates an innovative luminescent coating that absorbs surplus light in the visible region and re-emits it in the near-infrared (NIR) region. The re-emitted light travels through the window towards the CIGS customized PV modules, which collect re-emitted light and generate green energy. A key element in this window concept is the use of a luminescent layer absorbing in the visible region and emitting in the NIR region.
From November 01, 2020, to March 3rd, 2023, the INFINITE project will receive a 340.000 euros contribution for production and installation. The coordination is done by EUREC. Project number: 958397
From October 1st, 2019 to September 30th, 2021, the SolarWin project will receive a 3-million euros contribution for research activities. The coordination is done byIREC. Project: H2020-EIC-FTI-2018-2020-870004