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ClearVue clears way to sell Australian solar glass technology in Europe

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Just weeks after ASX-listed ClearVue won approval to market its solar integrated glass units in the US, the company has cleared the way for sales in Europe.

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Just weeks after Australian company ClearVue won approval to market its solar integrated glass units in the US, the company has cleared the way for sales in Europe, too.

ClearVue said in an ASX announcement on Monday its clear solar glass technology had completed certification from International Electrotechnical Commission or IEC – a Swiss-based EU organisation that sets international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.

The company’s executive chair, Victor Rosenberg, said that certifications for sales in Europe and the US were “critical” for the ClearVue in reaching its largest markets.

“Europe and the USA represent the most evolved markets for building integrated photovoltaics sales and uptake – currently these regions combined comprise around 70% of the global market share for BIPV sales,” Rosenberg said.

“Apart from giving complete confidence to end-customers, architects, façade engineers, developers, specifiers etcetera [the certifications] also give potential licensees, whether manufacturers or distributors, confidence that the products can be sold in their territories eliminating a key question when entering into licensing discussions,” he added.

ClearVue’s nano-technology, developed in conjunction with the Electron Science Research Institute (ESRI) at Edith Cowan University, generates electricity from a flat, clear sheet of glass while maintaining transparency.

The idea is to use the PV integrated glass units instead of regular windows for buildings, allowing light to come in, while also producing up to 30 watts per square metre of electricity generation.

The relatively young company listed on the Australian stock exchange in May of 2018, and quickly signed supply deals with eco-home builder Mirreco, and with Global Smart Cities to use its solar glass for outdoor applications such as bus shelters and advertising signs.

In February, the Perth-based company completed its first commercial demonstration – a solar glass atrium at the entrance to the Warwick Grove Shopping Centre in its home city.

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5 Comments
  1. Horst 5 months ago

    30W/m² of generation, but 1000W/m² of solar insolation, rather than having to cart in more power to run the air conditioners, it would be far more efficient to shade the windows and use the money you save on buying capacity on a solar farm.

    • Ian 5 months ago

      Any idea of output/M2 for normal PV?

      • Horst 5 months ago

        Oh yes absolutely.

    • Stephen Luntz 5 months ago

      I haven’t seen a lot of skyscrapers shaded from the outside. I can’t see any reason why you couldn’t combine this with internal shading. So for the vast pillars of glass that are filling up many of the cities of the world this seems perfectly usable. Similarly, there are other applications where glass is used without shading (for example the bus shelters they’ve already used as a demonstration model).

      I’ve no idea whether the cost of this will allow it to be deployed on a mass scale, or if it will just be a gimmick – even if we had existing prices the relevant thing is how much those will fall as production scales up, but the physics doesn’t seem to me to be an obstacle.

  2. Michael 5 months ago

    All these are manufactured overseas.

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