Glass to Power is a spin-off of the University of Milano Bicocca, founded in September 2016.
Glass to Power aims at realizing window modules and façades with transparent and colorless photovoltaic panels, capable of generating power up to 50W/sqm and which can be integrated without any aesthetic impact in the architecture of buildings. Glass to Power’s innovation is based on the luminescent solar concentrator technology (LSC): semitransparent slabs of plastic materials doped with chromophores which, due to the absorption of sunlight, re-emit infrared wavelength photons. These photons are guided for total reflection to the edges of the device where they are converted into electricity by standard photovoltaic cells. The technology developed by Glass to Power involves the use of engineered nanoparticles, which maximize the energy conversion efficiency and is based on the patents by professors Sergio Brovelli and Franco Meinardi. The innovation developed by Glass to Power is directed specifically at Zero-Energy Buildings, which are basically self-sufficient buildings from an energy point of view, as required by European Directives 31/2010/EU and 2012/27/EU, which will come into force across Europe by 2020.
- PCT/IB2016/000032: Colourless luminescent solar concentrator, free of heavy metals, based on at least ternary chalcogenide semiconductor nanocrystal with absorption extending to the near infrared region