University Spinoffs Collaborates to Combine New Solar Cell Technology with Dynamic Glass

A collaboration will investigate if newly patented high-transparency solar cells from the startup company Peafowl Solar Power can power dynamic glass from ChromoGenics. Both companies derive from research at the Ångström Laboratory at Uppsala University.

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Dynamic glass powered by the sun is the goal of the collaboration between Uppsala University spinoff companies Peafowl Solar Power and ChromoGenics. Photograph: Cecilia Tilli

During 2019 Nasdaq-traded ChromoGenics will test powering their dynamic glass with newly developed high-transparency solar cells. The patented cells have been developed by Peafowl Solar Power, an innovative cleantech-startup founded in Uppsala in 2018. Dynamic glass controls transmission of heat and light and can save up to 50% on cooling and heating costs. Combining the dynamic glass window with a transparent solar cell would eliminate the need for an external power source and thus reduce installation costs significantly and increase flexibility of placement.

“It is a great opportunity for us to work with a company like ChromoGenics that has hands-on experience of scaling up from research to industrial manufacturing. We are very eager to see how our cell performs when powering a real application in real-life conditions”, says university researcher Jacinto Sá, who’s also founder and CEO of Peafowl Solar Power.

The cell developed by Peafowl Solar Power can be combined with different materials and made to any degree of transparency or color.

“There are several semi-transparent solar cells on the market, but before now none of them have lived up to the high transparency requirements of our dynamic glass. We look forward to investigating the possibilities of combining our two technologies into a unique product with great market potential”, says Greger Gregard, co-founder and CTO of ChromoGenics.

Sara Gredemark