Glass to Power 
and the product certification process

The CE marking represents the definitive seal for placing a product on the market. In turn, this seal requires a series of intermediate steps identified through different regulations.

Glass to Power’s transparent photovoltaic glass is classified as a BiPV product, that is, a construction element completely integrated into the building envelope. The words “photovoltaic” and “building element” trigger a regulatory contest that chases and overlaps similar meanings, sometimes with different interpretations. Our window produces electricity and it is therefore one of the components of a photovoltaic system regulated by IEC 61730 and IEC 61215. 

These provisions, however, have been designed for traditional photovoltaic modules for land applications and not for a building element. For some years now, a standard that defines the characteristics of all the photovoltaic components integrated in the building envelope, IEC 63092, has been studied by International Committees, but the publication of this standard has not yet been envisaged and at present we must refer to the provisions mentioned above. Glass to Power’s window, being made of glass, complies with international standards for the use of glass in architecture, such as UNI 7697, UNI 12600 etc .. Furthermore, consisting of a double glazing, it is set as an “insulating glass” and it is therefore regulated by the provisions concerning this category. The product is also a “building element” and it is subject to the European Regulation CPR305/2011 which establishes the harmonized conditions for the marketing of these products. 

When our window has met the requirements listed above, it is possible to apply the CE marking which identifies a set of mandatory practices for all products for which there is a Community directive. Glass to Power has undertaken the certification process described here, which will lead to receive  the CE product marking by the first quarter of 2021.