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Transparent PV-based greenhouse takes shape in Australia

Post Time:Jan 16,2021Classify:Industry NewsView:1068

ClearVue has begun installing the company’s transparent solar PV integrated glass units (IGU) on-site at the $7.45m grains research precinct at Perth’s Murdoch University.

The greenhouse will utilise ClearVue’s transparent solar glass technology, which is designed to preserve glass transparency while generating electricity. Data supplied by the company indicates the technology delivers a minimum of 30 watts per square metre while maintaining 70% transparency.

The IGUs feature solar PV cells around the edges of each unit. The units incorporate a nanoparticle interlayer and spectral-selective coating on the rear external surface, which allow much of the light to pass through but redirects infrared and UV light to the edge of the IGU, where it is harvested by solar cells.

ClearVue CEO Ken Jagger said the company expects the greenhouse will generate greater market awareness of its building-integrated PV (BIPV) technology when it becomes operational.

“We are starting to see strong interest globally for the ClearVue product from greenhouse suppliers, growers and other protected cropping end-users,” he said.

“We expect the fully constructed greenhouse to lead to an even greater market awareness of our technology and product.”

The main construction of the supporting greenhouse structure was completed in December and the installation of glazing is expected to be finished within the coming weeks ahead of commissioning with plant trials due to start in March or April.

The greenhouse is being built adjacent to two recently completed polycarbonate research greenhouses that form part of a larger research precinct.

Source: https://www.pv-magazine.com/Author: shangyi

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