UbiQD is a cleantech nanomaterials company that manufactures quantum dots (QDs) and polymer composites. This platform technology is a “drop-in” solution for existing window products in urban buildings and greenhouses and provides partially transparent sunlight harvesting that can cover the facades of buildings while allowing in natural lighting and improve energy utilization by reducing heat gain and lowering electricity needs.
Buildings can improve energy savings by either reducing utilization (energy efficient building materials) or by incorporating energy production. Unfortunately, typical solar cells do not affect energy utilization and there is a lack of space for urban rooftop installations. UbiQD’s spectrum-optimized window tints offer a solution to these problems with partially transparent sunlight harvesting that can cover the facades of buildings while allowing in natural lighting. These tints also improve energy utilization by reducing heat gain and will ultimately lower electricity needs while providing carbon-free power in urban settings. Learn more by visiting their website at http://ubiqd.com/.
HOW IN2 IS HELPING
NREL will provide technical assistance, performance measurements, and materials characterization to assist UbiQD. NREL will conduct durability testing of UbiQD’s prototype devices using an appropriate industry standard for window technologies, as well as relevant standards from the Photovoltaics industry. NREL will also conduct varied materials characterization studies related to fundamental properties of UbiQD quantum dots and Luminescent Solar Concentrator devices. Finally, to look at performance, NREL will also conduct certified solar energy conversion efficiency measurements of UbiQD’s devices.