Los Alamos company creates solar windows

UbiQD, Inc., a New Mexico-based advanced materials company, announced today that it has now installed its power-generating windows at three commercial construction sites. The buildings, which now feature quantum tinted glass luminescent solar concentrator technology, include a Holiday Inn Express hotel, UbiQD’s headquarters in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and a collaborative project at National Renewable Energy US Department of Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.

These building pilot installations represent the first real world tests for UbiQD and some of the first and largest luminescent concentrator porthole installations known in the world. The tests aim to validate the importance of parameters such as window orientation, time of day, seasonality, temperature, and manufacturing and installation methods.

Double pane insulating glass can be installed in most existing frame construction and was manufactured with support from local window manufacturer, GlazTech Industries in Albuquerque, NM. “We love working with the UbiQD team, it’s fun to watch them advance this exciting new technology,” said Dominic Otero, Regional Director of GlazTech.

At the end of 2018, UbiQD received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which provided funding of $ 750,000 over two years to grow. In 2020 and 2021, the NSF awarded UbiQD additional grants totaling $ 660,000 for the continued development of the UbiQD window and pilot projects.

“My partners and I are thrilled to be at the forefront of energy technology and sustainability built into the building, and frankly we were fortunate to have this opportunity,” said Brian Patrick Martin, co-owner of the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Los Alamos. “The window upgrade was part of our recent $ 2.4 million renovation, Formula Blue and I know our customers will appreciate the solar powered pancakes for breakfast.”

UbiQD intends to accelerate the deployment of its quantum dot window technology in 2022. Additional window projects are planned in New Mexico, Colorado and Washington state.

Paper staff

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