Integrable transparent glazing facades to capture thermal energy and electricity through a water chamber and a photovoltaic layer
IntelliGlass glazings are products that can be used in the construction of glass buildings to reduce building energy demand and improve comfort. IntelliGlass technology is the result of 10 years of research by a team from the School of Aeronautical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). Currently, there is a 150 m2 curtain wall facing west at the University of Castilla La Mancha (Cuenca) where the advantage over conventional glazing lies in capturing thermal energy for the building's HVAC system. These glazing can also be used as interior partitions acting as cold or hot radiating surfaces. This is the case of a Multipurpose Building in Madarcos Endowment, Madrid.
IntelliGlass is a technology that gives conventional glazing the ability to capture heat and electricity through a water chamber and a photovoltaic layer. The function of the water chamber is twofold: (i) on one hand, it prevents overheating glass building from infrared energy coming from the sun, and (ii) on the other hand, the energy is transported through a closed system of circulation water and a storage tank for comprehensive HVAC building. The role of the transparent photovoltaic film is to produce electricity for the consumption of the building or grid injection. So, this envelope solves three needs: the constructive one, the thermal energy associated to climatization and electricity associated to nocturnal lighting and/or electrical machines.
“The IntelliGlass glazing system transforms energy consumer buildings in producer buildings maintaining the aesthetics of glass”
“The need to save energy in glazing buildings is essential with the shortage of energy resources and the rising cost of energy. The regenerative buildings are currently on demand”
IntelliGlass contact (spin-off)
Juan A. Hernández, Fernando del Ama,
Miguel Hermanns, César Hernández
Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Area
Centre of Support for Technological Innovation – UPM