The Problem:The most cost effective way to harness solar energy, is to deploy arrays of highly efficient silicon solar panels facing the sun. However, horizontal surfaces are neither cheap nor abundant in urban areas such as Singapore. Hence, the next best alternative is to deploy solar panels onto facades of skyscrapers. While this is an untapped field, it presents several challenges for the incumbent technology, silicon solar panels.
The Solution:Prominence Photovoltaics mixes perovskite, a material that’s cheaper, more aesthetic and more efficient under high temperature than silicon, into photo-voltaic glass. The panels have a low opacity and can be used as glass facades on buildings. Their target market is building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).
The Differentiator:We produce customizable large size photovoltaic glass using perovskite technology. Our target market is building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). Through our parent company Singapore Safety Glass, we possess direct sales channels to architectural markets.
Biggest Achievement:Awarded $1M Temasek grant to fund a POC for a 70m squared panel on a new public building construction. Current proven scale is 1.2 x 1.5m panel. In talks with government agencies and Changi airport for integration into glass facades.
Programme themes:Low Carbon Fuels and Power
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