Isola Tiberina will become the first zero-impact city island thanks to Glass to Power’s technology.
Isola Tiberina is a magical and symbolic place that represents the birth and the whole history of Rome. On its small area located in the center of Rome embraced by the Tiber river, there are the Fatebenefratelli and Israelitico hospitals of Rome, the Basilica of San Bartolomeo built on the Temple of Aesculapius, the river police as well as two excellent restaurants, Sora Lella and Tiberino. The “Isola del Cinema” event has been taking place for twenty-three years and every year it transforms the island into the “International Cinema and Culture Lounge on the Tiber river” for two an a half months.
The Isola Tiberina Association has launched a pilot project to transform the island into a totally green historical-urban area with zero-energy impact through the integration of a set of self-sustainable energy production technologies: geothermal, micro-wind, micro-water turbines, photovoltaics roofs and windows. And for this latter aspect, it has decided to adopt Glass to Power’s technology.
The project will be subject to the approval and financing of Local Authorities and the European Commission and it intends to become a reference point for zero-impact restructuring projects.
The Isola Tiberina Association was established in 2014 by the Fatebenefratelli Hospital, the Rectorate of the Basilica of S. Bartolomeo entrusted to the Community of S. Egidio and by private owners of properties on the island.
Glass to Power SpA is a spin-off of the University of Milan Bicocca founded in September 2016 with the aim of industrializing transparent photovoltaic windows, an innovative product based on the technology of the Luminescent Solar Concentrators (LSC). Glass to Power’s technology allows to create windows that will produce between 30 and 50 W per square meter without any aesthetic impact on the buildings in which they will be installed and it is compatible with the manufacturing processes of thermally insulated double glazing units and, therefore, particularly suitable for the construction of Zero-Energy Buildings, i.e. essentially autonomous buildings from an energy point of view, as required by European legislation (directives 31/2010 / EU and 2012/27 / EU), which will come into force throughout 2020.
Rome, January 3, 2020