Clearvue Technologies Ltd
An Innovative Renewable Energy Company – unleashing the power of glass
Rapid global urbanization and increasing per capita consumption is creating an energy demand/supply mismatch. This requires new generation capacity to boost supply, and greater energy efficiency to reduce or slow down demand growth. In light of climate change warnings, there is also political pressure to use clean renewable generation rather than the traditional approach of burning fossil fuels. In addition, the electricity distribution networks are increasingly expensive to build and maintain. Therefore, favourable energy solutions would generate clean power locally with minimal reliance on the network.
ClearVue Technologies Ltd (formerly Tropiglas Technologies Ltd) is a renewable energy company seeking to play an important role in meeting the world’s current and future energy requirements in a clean, safe and sustainable manner, by providing a solution which meets the above energy challenges. ClearVue boosts supply by converting sunlight into electricity without relying on electricity networks, and has the added advantage of reducing demand for electricity by significantly enhancing the solar heat insulation properties of glass windows.
Since 2010, ECU has been in a research partnership with ClearVue Technologies (ClearVue) and now they are at the forefront of photovoltaic and nano-technology to produce energy harvesting clear glass that converts invisible components of the sunlight into electricity whilst allowing visible light to pass through.
Professor Kamal Alameh, Director of ESRI and project leader of the research team, has stated that “this “innovative and disruptive technology” will fundamentally change the way we think about glass”.
The advanced technology sits within an activated interlayer sandwiched between two glass panes. Through the combination of special compound materials, the interlayer prevents heat and unwanted solar radiation (UV or Infrared) from penetrating the glass pane. The solar energy is then redirected to the edge of the glass for controlled distribution and conversion to electricity through standard solar cells, whilst allowing most of the natural light to pass through.
Greater than 70% of the visible light passes through the glass to provide illumination. Greater than 90% of the UV and IR radiation is scattered to the edges of the glass where it is collected by Photo Voltaic (PV) cells to produce electricity. Current ClearVue panels can produce 30 watts of electricity per square meter of glass. With further R&D efforts, this figure is expected to exceed 50 watts/m2.
ClearVue’s photo-voltaic window has since attracted strong commercial interest as it offers one of the greatest potential contributions to environmental sustainability, by reducing the steadily-rising demand for electricity from the world’s growing cities. The London-based International Institute for Environment and Development has conservatively estimated that cities account for about 40 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, most of which is from air conditioning, lighting and other energy users, such as elevators. The United Nations has estimated a global greenhouse emissions load from cities of 75 to 80 percent.
Chairman and founder of ClearVue, Mr. Victor Rosenberg has reported that “Our technology presents a paradigm shift in the way glass will be used in building construction, automobiles, agriculture and specialty products. Glass will no longer just be a component of construction, glass now has the potential to be a renewable energy resource.”
ClearVue panels have several clear competitive advantages:
- high glass transparency,
- high insulation and shatter-proof properties,
- electricity production and
- use inorganic materials with lifespan exceeding 20 years.
The benefits of using ClearVue for the public include:
- Reduced electricity costs through improved glass insulation qualities and on-site electricity generation
- Using safe clean renewable energy with reduced reliance on fossil fuels
- Self sustaining greenhouses in horticulture / agriculture
- Reduced fuel consumption for the automotive industry – this is not only be cost saving for consumers but also reduce CO2 gas emissions in the environment
- Reduced electricity network infrastructure costs, especially in remote and rural areas
- Back-up for existing energy systems
ClearVue is now in the commercialisation phase of its business with the view to bringing the technology to the commercial and retail market by mid 2016.
To find out more information regarding ClearVue disruptive technology please visit http://www.clearvuepv.com . To find out how ECU researchers could assist your business, please contact THE LINK team on: [email protected] or telephone +61 8 6304 2211.