NameSbskin. Smart Building Skin s.r.l.


TitleMultifunctional glassblock components for active solar façades
Project id.5
Reference sectorRENEWABLE ENERGY
IP Protection LevelPatent number: - National Patent PA2012A000003 - Prestressed panel of glass blocks dry assembled for the production of translucent casings; - National Patent PA2012A000002 - Integration of hybrid photovoltaic cells in glass blocks; - PCT WO 2013/132525 A2 - extended in EU, USA, JP, CN
Description of the innovation projectSBskin develops innovative and multifunctional products for the reduction of building energy consumption. SBskin patented new high-performing glassblocks grouped in 3 lines of product: - “Energy”. It takes advantage of the highly efficient assembly system and the highly insulating glass block configuration; - “Solar”. It adds the plus-value of the 3rd generation of solar cells (DSC). - “Light”. Integrates LED devices for luminescent glass blocks and shimmering facades. Our innovative glass blocks are assembled through an innovative and totally dry assembly system to allow for simultaneous construction of the building envelope and the PV system.
State of dev.Prototype
Industrial applicationSbskin products can refer to the following industrial sector (according to Confindustria's classification): - Glass industry; - Building and construction industry; - Energy
Market segmentMarket segments are: - Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) expected to reach 1,152.3 MW (annual installations) globally by 2019 and to grow from about $3 billion in 2015 to over $9 billion in 2019, surging to $26 billion by 2022 (n-tech Research, 2015). - The glassblock market has become a global market and is now estimated around 100 million pieces.
Advantage factorThe glassblock market sector is lacking efficient and cost-effective solutions that allow for the construction of high-insulating glazed building envelopes.Our solutions not only reduce the energy consumptions but also transform the sunlight into active energy for the buildings. Unlike existing photovoltaic solutions for building integration, SBskin’s products are fully customizable in color, transparency and design to adapt to the customers’ needs and architectural vision.
Commercial challengeThe integration of 3rd generation Pv cells (DSSC) with glassblocks, that occupy a significant position on the global market, will allow the launch of a highly performing product while contributing to the entering on the market of a yet not very diffused PV technology that, nevertheless, offers a great potential in terms of energy efficiency and building integration.
Publications and Customer ReferecesMost recent scientific publications: - Morini, Corrao, Pastore, “Analyses of innovative glass blocks for BIPV: assessment of thermal and optical performance”. International Journal of Sustainable Building Technology and Urban Development Vol. 6, 71–81. - Corrao, D’Anna, Morini, Pastore, “DSSC-Integrated Glassblocks for the Construction of Sustainable Building Envelopes”, in Material Research and Applications, Advanced Materials Research Vols. 875-877, Trans Tech Publications.