Ubiquitous was founded in 2011 as a spin-out from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Its transparent photovoltaic glass coating has been installed on various buildings, including the Boulder Commons II facility (pictured) in Colorado.

Ubiquitous Energy is terminating employees and does not expect to remain open past May 2024.

According to an email sent to multiple employees, the Redwood City, California-based company began furloughing employees on April 23, 2024. A follow-up email on April 29 notified employees that they were terminated, and the company is expected to remain in business for “approximately 30 days.”

Ubiquitous was founded in 2011 as a spin-out from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Miles Barr, Richard Lunt and Vladimir Bulovic created the company’s visibly transparent photovoltaic glass coating to reduce the built environment’s carbon footprint.

The company moved from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Redwood City in 2014. Its first window prototype debuted in 2016, and it partnered with AGC in 2018 to develop transparent and color-neutral solar coatings. Its first public demonstration was in 2018.

Ubiquitous commissioned its first manufacturing line in 2019. It installed its first windows in 2021 and partnered with Andersen Corp. in 2022 to develop energy-generating door and window products. Business Intelligence Group named Ubiquitous the 2022 Green Company of the Year that same year.

The company has installed its energy-generating windows on buildings worldwide, including at NSG Pilkington’s Northwood, Ohio, facility, Michigan State University and NSG’s Chiba, Japan, plant.

USGlass has contacted Ubiquitous officials for comment. As of press time, they had not responded.

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