What if your office building’s glass facade, in addition to letting sunlight in and blinding your co-workers whose working booths face the sun directly, could also help reduce your electric bill?
That is the objective Physee, an Amsterdam-based startup launched in 2014, set for commercial, residential and office buildings. The company combines and integrates glass, solar cells, coatings, electronics, printed circuit boards, storage solutions, sensor technologies and connectivity units to offer solar-powered buildings through PV power producing glasses adaptable to building structures and facades: PowerWindow. After the successful pilot project of the Eindhoven Rabobank Office where they installed 10 PowerWindows in partnership with OVG Real Estate, Physee was able to scale up their projects. The Dutch start-up is now working to install 1,850m2 of PowerWindows for the BOLD Residential project and the renovated building of the Lottery Association Goede Doelen Loterij.
In Mexico, Grupo Vazquez Vela is undertaking the same endeavor. The Group is looking to make Onyx PV glass a standard practice for Mexico’s buildings, integrating them in both new constructions and building renovations. The Mexican company is already showcasing this product in FEMSA’s corporate office in Monterrey.
“Our material can take on any shape, size, thickness and even color. The cost is practically the same as conventional glass. Any differential cost generated by a particular request from a client can be recovered by a ROI of less than a year. Considering all the intrinsic fiscal benefits and energy savings, we turn expenses into investments” says Daniel Vazquez, partner of Grupo Vazquez Vela in an exclusive interview with Mexico Energy Review. “Not only does the building use renewable energy as a primary source but it also avoids energy loss in bypassing the need for electric transmission”, he added.
Mexico’s energy transition is not only showing an increasingly renewable component in its energy mix. It is also the main scene for new products and technological developments that assist renewable energy to also penetrate the distributed generation sector.
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