NSG Group, owner of the Pilkington brand, is entering into a collaborative agreement with photovoltaic specialist Solaria to manufacture and produce transparent Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions, the companies announced today.
NSG will incorporate Solaria’s PowerView technologies as part of an original equipment manufacturer relationship.
“NSG Group believes in making a difference to our world through glass technology and our collaboration with Solaria underscores our commitment to sustainability,” says Sing Koo, value-added product manager of NSG Group Architectural Glass Europe. “We have expanded our product line to include BIPV powered-by-Solaria because we believe that BIPV will be the next big solar technology to be adopted by the mainstream as the building and construction industries strive to meet global mandates.”
The first powered-by-Solaria Pilkington-branded products “include architectural glass with unified vision, effective daylighting, glare control, improved thermal performance and energy generation,” according to the company. The BIPV technology will be incorporated into Pilkington’s insulating glass units, and the companies plan to work together in the future on products such as fritted and spandrel glass.
“Solaria is honored to collaborate with NSG Group to manufacture an architectural solar product, powered by Solaria’s proven PV technology,” says Udi Paret, general manager of building solutions at Solaria. “Until now, BIPV has struggled to gain momentum due to the lack of a proven supply chain in place. Combining Pilkington’s depth and breadth in the glass industry with Solaria’s transformative PV technology, the industry now has a way to confidently deploy BIPV and realize its benefits on a large scale.”
NSG plans to launch the first products in Europe and expand to other markets in the future.