Polysolar leverages UK-German backing for solar glazing technology
Cambridge solar glazing technology pioneer Polysolar has started cashing in on Anglo-German demand for its smart homes CleanTech solution.
Having trialled its BIPV glazing solution following a competitive presentation of its ideas at E.ON’s HQ in Essen, Germany last year, Polysolar has completed its first installation at Berkeley Homes’ new development in Kidbrooke Village, London.
The ‘Future Energy Home’ initiative is a collaboration between E.ON and Berkeley Homes. The pilot project trials the integration of the latest smart home technologies into Berkeley’s innovative and award-winning Urban House design to better understand how homeowners can achieve a lower carbon lifestyle.
Polysolar delivered the renewable energy element to the project, supplying its transparent solar PV glazing as a roof garden canopy, roof balustrade and bin shelter.
These multi-functional building elements were combined with battery storage, electric vehicle charging and smart thermostats, all controlled by Eon’s tablet-based home energy dashboard.
The technologies deployed can deliver significant energy and carbon savings to the home owner, partners in the project insist.
The built-in solar glazing can generate over half the energy requirements of the already high energy efficient Urban House and the battery storage and control systems allow home-produced solar power to be stored for later use, further minimising energy bills.
Michael Lewis, E.ON UK chief executive, said: “Across the UK we’ve made great strides in developing new and lower carbon energy sources; the next challenge is in housing and transport; improving the homes we live in now and in the future and decarbonising transport by promoting the convenience and capability of electric vehicles.
“The new energy world is decentralised, green, and interconnected but sustainability is about more than technology, it is most importantly about creating something that fits with people’s lives.
“Our work with Berkeley on the Future Energy Home is about making sure homes are smart and lower carbon but also convenient and manageable when it comes to managing our busy lives.”
Hamish Watson, CEO of Polysolar, added: “We are delighted to be working with E.ON and Berkeley Homes, both highly innovate companies, who share our vision of creating sustainable energy efficient buildings without compromising the aesthetics, functionality and environment of the home.”