Glass to Power and the European Green Deal
Climate change and environmental degradation are a huge threat to Europe and the world. To overcome these challenges, Europe needs a new growth strategy that transforms the Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy. The European Green Deal is the answer to these challenges. The Green Deal is an integral part of the Commission’s strategy to implement the 2030 Agenda and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as well as the other priorities announced in President von der Leyen’s political guidelines. For each objective of the Green Deal, the Commission will first issue a strategic plan and then a concrete action to achieve it. The measures will be of a different legislative nature: the most important will be directives and regulations, that is, European laws binding on national states.
At the end of September, the European Commission published a H2020 call dedicated to the Green Deal. There are ten areas of interest and no. 4 is dedicated to energy and resource efficient buildings (LC-GD-4-1-2020). Several European players have responded to the call by forming large consortia with the aim of showing tangible and visible results in a relatively short time, demonstrating how research and innovation can provide concrete solutions for the main priorities of the European Green Deal. Glass to Power was involved by two different consortia, thanks to its innovative technology extremely suited to the objectives of measure 4-1, as a supplier of its own transparent photovoltaic windows:
- Develop technologies and methods supporting the design, production and construction phases for PEB (Positive Energy Buildings) and implement them in different demonstrative contexts
- Develop a tailor-made continuous living-lab approach that allows for a shared and conscious implementation of resource efficient and sustainable concepts for buildings and positive energy districts, ensuring efficient operation of green neighborhoods
- Drive replication at large scale through established business cases using reliable, low-risk technologies and methods
There are two proposals: LivePositive and RENATA, both led by Italian partners. Both LivePositive and RENATA provide demonstrators in different European countries for the improvement of the design and construction process in new buildings and for the retrofit of existing ones towards a positive energy balance. Five demonstrators have been proposed for the LivePositive project and Glass to Power will build 1700 square meters between Milan and Grenoble for a total order exceeding one million euros. The LivePositive consortium is made up of 28 partners, including European players in the energy sector, public administrations, design firms and technology suppliers, sharing the common goal of energy efficiency in buildings. Similarly, in the RENATA project Glass to Power plays the role of an innovative technological player as a supplier of photovoltaic windows for two demo installations of about 1000 square meters in two European sites for a value of just over one million euros. Also in RENATA the consortium is broadly divided between Archistars (Fuksas), technology companies, research centers (ENEA), system integrators, telco providers.
Both tenders were delivered on January 26th with an award forecast by the second half of 2021. In case of award, the supplies will be scheduled for the second half of 2023.