Andersen, Ubiquitous Energy to Develop Energy-Generating Products with a Twist

Andersen Corp. and Ubiquitous Energy have agreed to jointly develop energy-generating door and window products that will “revolutionize solar generation for residential and light commercial buildings,” according to an Andersen news release.

The products will leverage Ubiquitous Energy’s UE Power technology, which, according to the company, is the only patented and visibly transparent photovoltaic glass coating that harnesses solar power to generate electricity. The products the companies will develop are
intended to bring renewable energy generation to windows and doors alongside a “clear, natural experience that is similar to what is expected from traditional windows and doors.”

“By combining Andersen’s expertise in crafting innovative window and door products that deliver quality, design aesthetic and energy efficiency with the unique properties of UE Power technology, our vision is to develop products that go beyond energy efficiency to energy generation,” says Brandon Berg, senior vice president, research, development and innovation at Andersen.

Andersen invested in Ubiquitous Energy’s Series B financing in 2021. Its most recent investment represents the company’s focus on advancing the industry with “disruptive technology solutions.” The end goal is to elevate the industry and contribute to a healthier environment.

Researchers Develop Colorful Solar Lites for Energy Efficiency

Researchers have created solar lites that include colorful hues that produce energy nearly as efficiently as traditional solar lites. Adorning a façade with different hues is an advancement in photovoltaic technologies, say researchers reporting in American Chemical Society (ACS) Nano, a monthly, peer-reviewed, scientific journal. That’s because solar lites are black typically. Their job is to absorb light and black is naturally a more absorbent color.

Researchers state that they developed a way to give solar lites color using a structural material that is easy and inexpensive to apply.

The study, titled High-Efficiency, Mass-Producible, and Colored Solar Photovoltaics Enabled by Self-Assembled Photonic Glass, describes how the researchers applied the color to the lites. The process began by spraying a thin layer of photonic glass on the surface of the solar lites.

The photonic glass is made of a thin, disorderly layer of dielectric microscopic zinc sulfide spheres that allow selective colors to reflect on the spheres as light passes through. This allowed researchers the ability to create blue, green and purple solar lites while only dropping the efficiency of energy generation from 22.6% to 21.5%.

The team found that the color and performance of these solar lites were maintained during standard durability tests. Thanks to the success of the study, the researchers aim to find more ways to make colors saturated to achieve more range of colors.

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